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The Montana Guitar Ensemble
Hometown: Helena, Montana
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/montanaguitarensemble
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Biography:
Since forming in 1999, the Montana Guitar Ensemble has become Montana's longest-standing and most prolific classical guitar ensemble. The group has produced four CDs, including MGE IV, their recent independently produced album.

The Ensemble has performed at numerous public concerts, weddings and receptions, art galleries, conventions, funerals, house concerts; fundraisers, fine dining establishments, and special events. Of other note, the Montana Guitar Ensemble has performed in Christmas concerts in conjunction with the Helena Symphony; numerous First Night Missoula New Year's Eve concerts; appearances in conjunction with the Helena Chamber Singers, opening for the Muir Quartet at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena; appearances on HCTV Helena public television; outdoor concerts in conjunction with the Downtown Helena Business Improvement District; and numerous fund raisers, including shows for the Helena nonprofit Lost & Foundation and the annual Helena Friendship Center "Empty Bowls" concert, among others.

As the Ensemble's repertoire and expertise continue to expand, the group looks forward to additional live performances and to the challenge of additional studio recordings. Look for the Montana Guitar Ensemble wherever quality, timeless classical guitar music is performed!



David Small was born in France, a military son who lived in Denver, Colorado for most of his life, before moving to Montana in 1996. A music historian, composer, and arranger, he is the source of many of the arrangements used by the Montana Guitar Ensemble.

David performs a variety of musical styles, being formally educated in classical music by Alex Commodore at Metropolitan State College, and in jazz by Frank Jermance at the University of Colorado, both in Denver. He has also studied under Laura Young of Amsterdam's Trio de Cologne.

Well versed in computer software, David produced the graphics for the MGE CDs, and researched the histories included in the CD liner notes. Contact him at davidsmall@q.com

Douglas Sternberg was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised in Helena, Montana. The elder member of the Montana Guitar Ensemble, Douglas Sternberg has a long and varied love affair with professional music performance, starting in high school with his first instrumental surf-rock band, proceeding to groups performing blues, pop, straight-ahead rock & roll, country, 50's & 60's doo-wop, reggae, and Latin jazz, and finally arriving at the study of "serious" classical music.

The guitar has always been his instrument of choice in ensemble work -- electric or acoustic guitar for many years -- until taking up classical guitar, when "They took away my picks and all the dots on the fingerboard, and I knew this must be serious music!"

Douglas's discography includes appearances on numerous CDs, including four albums with the Guitar Ensemble, and many TV and radio commercials. Additionally, Douglas took up the Native American flute in the 90's, and for the last decade has offered Native flute and drum prayers through St. Peter's Hospital Hospice program in Helena, Montana where, with partner Dianna Miller, he provides music therapy to the dying and their families. He is the founder of Mountain Chief Music, and a student of Laura Young of Amsterdam. Contact him at mtslim@hotmail.com

Dan Rawson was born in Butte, Montana and has been a life long resident of the Big Sky state. Dan began playing classical music exclusively in 2000 and joined the Montana Guitar Ensemble in 2002 after performing with David as a member of the Dynamic Duet. His superb dynamics and natural classical style make him a welcome addition to the group. Contact him at jmmxg@yahoo.com












The Montana Guitar Ensemble
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