Brandon Yip, Past President and Founding Board Member
Brandon Yip trained as a concert classical guitarist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has released several CDs of classical guitar. Brandon re-established SGS in the the State of California in 2003 with Greg Williams and directed its meetings at CSUS. Today Brandon is deeply involved in work for Bayside Church and his guitars are typically highly amplified.
William Anderson, Past Director
Nancy Exley, Past Secretary
Dr. Bennie F. Carter, MD, Past Director
Daniel Rooney, Past Director
Meet the 2016-17 Sacramento Guitar Society Board of Directors
via SGS Postal address:
Sacramento Guitar Society
P.O. Box 621
Folsom, CA 95763
James P. Banach, Treasurer
Retired - Michigan Technological University, Engineering & Business; 43 years’ experience as an Information Technology Professional with 20 years managing IT organizations and Operations including major banks and insurance companies. Formerly certified as a PMP, Project Management Professional, by the Project Management Institute. Former member of DPMA. Former co-owner of Aurora Portraits Photography.
Stephen Roberts, Secretary - Schools Outreach Director (916) 690-7777
Founding member and immediate past SGS President 501(c)(3) phase;
former SGS Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer
Civil Engineer, CA Reg. No. 37,104
B. S. Civil Engineering, UC Davis, 1978
Principle Engineer, CA Dept. of Water Resources (2000-2010) (Retired)
Chaired two capital campaigns at local church, 2004 and 2014. Raised over $5.8 million in pledges
Janice Kuykendall, Membership Director, 916-765-2902
AA Degree, Sacramento City College
Telecommunications Management Certificate, California State University, Sacramento
Retired – State of California, Telecommunications Division, Telecommunications Manager. Client was CHP.
Guitarist – 1995 to present
Member, Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra – from January 2013
Board Director, Sacramento Guitar Society – from December, 2014
Daniel Roest, President - Artistic Director
M. A., Music, San Jose State University, 1986
Bachelor of Music with Distinction, San Jose State University, 1978
Independent Guitar Instructor, Performer, & Presenter
Founding Member and First President of Sacramento Guitar Society 501(c)(3) phase
Ed Trujillo, Director - Past President - Grant Program Oversight
I am retired having worked in Human Resources for the State of California for 39 years. I have a degree from Sacramento State College in Social Anthropology. I was formerly on the Sacramento Guitar Society Board of Directors. I had been the president of the Sacramento Classical Guitar Society for several years in the early 90s. I play classical guitar for my enjoyment and play duets with a fellow guitarist. In addition I was very involved in the establishment of the Oak Park Rotary House where families with children with serious illnesses may stay free of charge while being treated at the UCD Childrens Hospital.
Ben Rosner, Director - Community Development/Social Media
Currently serving as Cantor (Clergy and Music Director) at Mosaic Law Congregation, in Sacramento, CA and a graduate of the Masters in Sacred Music program at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City where he did his thesis on guitar in the synagogue. Cantor Ben Rosner – also known as “Cantor Ben” – brings a dynamic approach to Jewish music and synagogue life through religious service, education and cultural programming.
From July 2010 to June 2013, Cantor Rosner served as the Cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role and here in Sacramento, he imbued synagogue life with music; for example, he trained and conducted volunteer choirs and a band for participation in services, concerts, and other events.
Cantor Rosner grew up attending services at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park, Chicago, where he was exposed to the music of Max Janowski, the synagogue’s famed music director. He began playing classical guitar at age 13, earning a scholarship to the University of Miami’s conservatory program with Rene Gonzalez just a few years later. While at UM, he started leading musical Shabbat services at Hillel, an experience that inspired him to become a Jewish professional. While in NYC, Cantor Ben Rosner has studied with Maoz Ezra and Tali Roth and has been expanding in styles. In addition to guitar, plays harmonica, mandolin, banjo and a few other instruments.
Lili Sahba Williams, Director - Grant Writer
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 22 years at Intel Corporation
Former Owner/Director of OSC Computer Training, a licensed private adult vocational school, 10 years
Former Board Member, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
Musical Instrument Hobbyist: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Tombac, Santoor (Hammer Dulcimer), Setar, Tar
•Director, Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra (2014 to present) Duties include selection and/or arrangement of music for the 20+ piece ensemble, conducting and leading monthly rehearsals and twice-yearly concerts, and behind-the-scenes logistics. •Private Guitar and Bass Instruction, O’Connor Guitar (2013-present), 6060 Sunrise Vista Dr., Suite 2400 C, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, (916) 281-5096. Duties for all private instruction jobs include preparing and presenting weekly lessons which are scaled to the skills and interests of the individual student, as well as scheduling, billing, and all the administrative tasks associated with running any business. •Private Guitar and Bass Instruction, Music-Go-Round (2000-2012) 5437 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA (out of business) •Private Guitar Instruction, Kline Music (2002-2005), 2200 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA 95822, (916) 456-8742 •Bachelor of Music (Guitar Performance) CSUS, 2004, Magna Cum Laude
Studied with Dr. Richard Savino. Performed in guitar ensembles, choral ensembles, and solo recitals.
•Private study with Tom Shirley (jazz), Tom Armstrong (rock), and Daniel Roest (classical). Learned additional rhythmic, improvisational, and performance skills pertaining to classical and electric guitar styles. •Performance with award-winning choral and jazz ensembles in both high school and college. Instructors included Roy Fulmer, Lorna Perpall, and Donald Kendrick
Recognition: Mu Phi Epsilon Music Honors Society
Community Service: Served on the Board of directors (2010-2011) for the Sacramento Guitar Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational arts organization established to promote and share the art of the classical guitar and related music by providing education and performance opportunities to people of diverse cultures, ages, and abilities. Continues to serve on the advisory board, and as Director of the guitar orchestra.
Phil Kimura, Past SGS Secretary, Social Media Director MBA, CSU Sacramento (Management of Computer Applications) 2002
Bachelor Degree, Business Administration, CSU Sacramento 1998
Senior Manager, Information Solutions, VSP (not for profit vision insurance company) 2001 to present.
Classical guitar training with Brandon Yip.
Fritz Harrold, DMD, Past SGS Treasurer
Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, Sacramento, CA
University of Pennsylvania Dental School, 1974
Undergraduate work at University of Colorado
Current member of Sacramento District Dental Society, California Dental Association, American Dental Association
Past Board Member Sacramento Zoo, SPCA, Director Sacramento Water Festival (2 years)
Member Sacramento Sutter Club
Ben McClara, Sac Prep Guitar Project, Past Director
Mr. McClara teaches the strings studio, focusing upon beginning Fiddle, classical violin, cello, and double bass. He teaches a lot of guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, percussion and basic musicianship. Mr. McClara is a Certified Teacher for Sacramento City Unified School District, & holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Double Bass from California State University Sacramento. Aside from his private studio of string students, Mr. McClara Founded and Directs the Guitar Project, Guitar Project Ensemble, programs underwritten by SGS, and conducts the SPMA String Ensemble.
Matthew Grasso, Past Director
Composer, arranger and performing artist Matthew Grasso Matthew Grasso is classical guitarist, composer, arranger, musical instrument innovator, and improviser who began playing guitar at age twelve. He is a founding member of SGS and was prominent in the region for his accomplishments before the current phase of SGS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, were he studied with Scott Tennant, Dusan Bogdanovic, and Lawrence Ferrara and participated in master classes held by artists including Eliot Fisk, David Russell, and the L.A. Guitar Quartet. Matthew complemented this training by studying the classical music of North India at the Ali Akbar College of Music with the late sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Greg Williams, Past Director and Founding Director of Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra
Guitarist, composer and educator Greg Williams began playing guitar at age 13 after being inspired by rock groups Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. He also is a founding member of SGS and was prominent in the region for his accomplishments before the current phase of SGS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Greg hosted years of SGS meetings at CSUS. Greg has held a simultaneous interest in rock guitar and classical guitar ever since. Greg holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance and a Master of Music in composition from Sacramento State College, and has studied classical guitar with Richard Savino, Dusan Bogdonovic, Marc Teicholz and Brandon Yip. Greg has performed in master classes with William Kannengeiser, Andrew York, David Tanenbaum, Benjamin Verderey, Nigel North, and Paul Bier. Notable performances include the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, the International Live Looping festival in Santa Cruz, and the Fringe Arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Waylin Carpenter, Past Director http://www.popmatters.com/article/110435-rocker-turned-luthier-builds-on-a-classical-tradition/. Waylin Carpeter is an all-round guitarist and former member of Steel Breeze, now engaged in constructing high-end custom classical guitars. Waylin owns and operates Wet Coast Decals and has donated artwork to SGS for T-shirts and banners. Waylin's innovative guitar construction methods have produced a number of atypical nylon-string guitars including, 6, 7 and 8-string models, several commissioned by Matt Grasso. Visit Waylin's guitar building facebook page here. Harold Sexton, Past Director and Founding Board Member Harold Sexton, Past Director and Founding Board Member - Harold Sexton is a founding director and member of SGS. Harold is trained as a Suzuki Guitar Teacher by Frank Longay and Brandon Yip. His real passion is for sharing the guitar as a form of healing, which he writes about in more detail here - which he writes about in more detail here.