Our History

The Piedmont Classic Guitar Society is a community of guitarist and guitar aficionados in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area of North Carolina. Created by a handful of folks in the Winston-Salem guitar community (pictured below), PCGS took off in the late 1970’s and was officially founded as a non-profit organization by 1980. Through grants, research, educational opportunities, innovative curriculum in the schools, supporting private studios, publications, and concert production, PCGS began its vision as a broad support system for all things guitar in the Piedmont area.

PCGS Founders
(top row l-r) Maurice Fox, Kenneth Insch, Eric Schoulda, Larry Dixon, Michael Craddock, Pat Sullivan, Paul Muncy, Joan Durana, (bottom l-r) Aaron Shearer, Jim Ortiz, Pat Dixon, Larry Almeida, Will Adams.

Some key figures in the development of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society development include: Aaron and Lorraine Shearer, Maurice Fox (1st president and involved since inception), Paul Muncy (treasurer for 17 years), Pat Dixon, Alan and Sally Hirsh, Richard Matteson (president throughout much of the 80’s and 90’s), and Kami Rowan (current president since 2005). But it takes a village! Many regional teachers and guitar lovers have been involved in volunteer efforts to maintain a long history of over 35 years. Our mission today is to offer support for local guitar programs in the schools as well as all guitarists any level and age.