Guitars In The Classroom
November 24th, 2010
Images: Traveling Guitar Hi-Res (.Eps)

For Immediate Release
Guitars in the Classroom
(Manassas, Virginia - November 23, 2010) - The Traveling Guitar Program, a charitable endeavor that raises funds for innovative music education, announces that 100 percent of the proceeds of its 2010 "Traveler" guitar auction will be donated to GUITARS IN THE CLASSROOM (GITC) a non-profit providing free music programs from coast to coast.

Each year, the TRAVELING GUITAR PROGRAM sends a one-of-a-kind custom-built guitar on a journey from artist to artist, state to state, collecting stage time and autographs. At the end of its journey, the "Traveler" is auctioned off to support one special organization. This year's Traveler features signatures from Eric Johnson, Devon Allman and Loretta Lynn, among other musical luminaries. Check out the Gallery on the Traveling Guitar website ( for a list of all the artists.

This year's auction of the "Traveler 1" will be just in time for the holiday season. The Ballurio Lingo Custom has been visiting guitarists throughout the year and is now being prepared for auction on eBay starting FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010. All proceeds will be donated directly to GITC for assistance with their music programs around the nation.
The 2010
The 2010 "Traveler 1"
Keith Ballurio, founder of the Traveling Guitar, explains, "We are excited to be working with GITC. This is the absolutely the perfect fit for our vision. The GITC mission is to inspire, train and equip teachers to integrate music in the academic curriculum. I cannot think of a better way to make sure that children get musical opportunities every day. We are thrilled to help GITC provide teachers and kids with firsthand guitar experience."

GITC's programs take place in communities as diverse as urban neighborhoods, remote tribal reservations, and small rural settings. The work takes shape when individuals contact the organization and ask to get involved. Says Jessica Baron, GITC's founder and executive director, "This work happens because motivated people who understand how music opens children's hearts and engages their minds decide to take action. Keith Ballurio is one of those special people."

"GITC can be especially helpful in overcoming the multitude of challenges teachers and kids face together everyday- learning English, focusing and succeeding in class, rising above the daily setbacks of poverty, making friends, and building self confidence. Every teacher GITC trains possesses the potential to reach thousands of children over the course of a career in the classroom. We are so grateful to The Traveling Guitar program for supporting the efforts of GITC."

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About Guitars in the Classroom

Guitars In The Classroom is a non-profit organization that provides innovative musical training for classroom teachers so all students can experience the joy and essential benefits of making music. Its programs deliver ongoing instruction, access to instruments, and educational materials that weave music across the academic curriculum in sustainable, grassroots programs, nationwide. For further information or to get involved, please contact GITC at 760-452-6123 or go online at

About the Traveling Guitar Program
Annually, the Traveling Guitar Project ( sends custom built guitars on a journey from artist to artist, state to state. The guitars are played and signed by guitarists from all music genres. After a year on the road, the guitars are auctioned on eBay with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to fund music education and programs for those unable to pursue these activities due to limited resources. For more information on the journey and auction of the Traveling Guitars, visit

Contact Information:
Keith Ballurio, founder of the Traveling Guitar
Manassas, Virginia