Please join us for our annual auction hosted on ebay givingworks by auctioncause.com!

At our once-a-year auction, you will find priceless treasures, practical tools, and signed one of a kind items perfect for the musicians in your life or for yourself. Any purchase helps us make musical opportunities and dreams come true for school children, so please spread the word through your social media posts and circles of friends. We need your support to make 2013 a great year in the schools.

Surf Great Kelly Slater holds the “Surf Uke”

Board member Billy Stern is a longtime surfer and guitarist. On behalf of GITC, he acquired 35 iconic autographs on a lovely Kohala Kanikapila-style concert ukulele to raise funds for their programs to bring music in education to classrooms in Hawaii! The “Surf Uke” features signatures from the following surfers: 2012 World Champion and Pipeline Master Joel Parkinson; Kelly Slater – 11x World Surfing Champion and 18x Surfer Poll Winner; Jack Johnson – famous musician and surfer; John John Florence – top pro surfing prodigy and #2 on the Surfer Poll;  Gerry Lopez – legendary “Mr. Pipeline”; Rob Machado – iconic soul surfer; Dane Reynolds – futuristic surfing hero; Shane Dorian – big wave legend; and John Cruz – Hawaiian master musician.

This is a truly unique ukulele, capturing surfing brilliance of the past and today. It’s sure to be a great holiday gift or collectible for a music loving ocean aficionado. The proceeds of its sale will fund free training programs that prepare, equip and empower teachers to provide daily hands-on music making for children in public schools in Hawaii in 2013.  Additionally, the following luminaries of the surf world and Surfer Poll winners have signed this precious instrument: “Soul Surfer” movie’s Bethany Hamilton; Bruce Irons; Buttons Kaluhiokalani; 2011 Woman’s World Surfing Champion Carissa Moore; rising star Courtney Cologne; free surfer/ocean activist Dave Rastavich; surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher; longboard champ Joel Tudor; Surfer Magazine founder John Severson;

Surfer Gerry Lopez with Surf Uke

Jordy Smith; Josh Kerr; Julian Wilson; Keala Kennelly; Keith Malloy; Kieren Perrow; Lindy Irons - wife of the late great Andy Irons; big wave charger Mark Healy; World Champ and legend Mark Occhilupo; skater/surfer/musician Matt Costa; Owen Wright; Pancho Sullivan; First World Champion Peter Townsend; iconic Hawaiian legend Rabbit Kekai; Sally Fitzgibbons; Taj Burrow; and Taylor Knox!

To check out photos of the ukulele, visit the auction at http://stores.ebay.com/auctioncausestore/pages/guitars-in-the-classroom. This auction includes other great items and instruments signed by famous surfers and musicians, as well as concert tickets with artist meet-and-greets, instruments, musical gear, and much more – all supporting Guitars in the Classroom and the music they bring into classroom every day around the country.

Here is what Honoulu Weekly wrote about the auction today! http://honoluluweekly.com/gift-guide/2012/12/guitar-guerilla/

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