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10th Annual Gibson Homecoming

June 10–13, 2015

Bozeman, MT

 

The 2015 Gibson Homecoming will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 10 -13, 2015 in Bozeman, Montana. Many of our events will be held at the Gran Tree Inn.

 

The Gibson Homecoming is a gathering of independent Gibson enthusiasts who will informally gather in Bozeman to meet others who share their love of Gibson acoustic guitars. Although the Gibson Homecoming is not officially sponsored by Gibson Acoustic or Music Villa, both are highly supportive of the event and are involved in the programming.

 

Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the Gran Tree Inn at 1-800-624-5865. A reduced room rate of $126 per night is available (standard: queen, king and 2-queen beds) or $141 (suites) + tax. In order to receive the reduced rate, you must give them the group name of "Gibson Homecoming" or “group number 806941”.

 

Availability is limited, so it is recommended that you register early. If the Gran Tree fills up, there are other hotels in the Bozeman area, but that is their busy time of the year, so register early in either case. The Gran Tree has a website at http://www.bestwestern.com/grantreeinn. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, casino and indoor pool. There is also an airport shuttle service available.

 

Bozeman does have a commercial airport, so it is possible to fly into Bozeman if you do not wish to drive. Car rentals are available at the airport. However, if you don’t wish to rent a car, the Gran Tree has a shuttle bus that regularly runs to the airport. In the past there have been enough participants with transportation, so it is usually possible to catch a ride to the events which are not held at the Gran Tree. Some of the events are held at Gibson Montana and Music Villa (http://www.musicvilla.com/) and these locations are not within walking distance of the Gran Tree. It is suggested that you make these arrangements in advance with the other participants.

Our event schedule has not been finalized at this time but should be similar to past events such as:

 

Guitar Clinic by Tony Polecastro

Tour of Kevin Kopp’s Guitar Shop (http://www.kevinkopp.com/)

Tour of Waverly Manufacturing

Tour of Gibson Acoustic Factory

Tour of Daniel Roberts Stringworks (http://www.danielrobertsstringworks.com/)

Two Acoustic “Open Mic” Events (Friday evening will include a memorial to Bob Riemenschneider)

Private Concert at Music Villa (http://www.musicvilla.com/)

“Gibson Day” at Music Villa

 

REGISTRATION: There is no registration fee for attending the Gibson Homecoming. However, all personal costs (travel, meals, hotel, etc.) are the responsibility of each individual attending. We may be asking each participant to donate towards the cost of our Hospitality Room at the Gran Tree (where several of our clinics and other events are held) and other expenses. However, depending upon the total number of participants, this cost should be very minimal (approximately $10 each).

 

If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mike Goecke at guitarstrmr@aol.com with the number of slots requested, names of individuals attending, address, and an e-mail address so that you can be recontacted with updates, as all updates and correspondence will be handled by e-mail.

 

Registrations will be limited to 40 participants. Anyone registering after we have reached that number will be placed on a waiting list. In the event that we have any cancellations, those people on the waiting list will be contacted in the order that they were placed onto the waiting list to fill any open slots.

 

There are many tourist attractions in the Bozeman area, including Yellowstone National Park. Some past participants have extended their stay in the Bozeman area in order to see some of these attractions. The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce is a good starting place to learn about some of these attractions. Their website is http://www.bozemancvb.com/.

 

Liability Disclaimer: The Gibson Homecoming is not sponsored by Gibson Montana or Music Villa. It's a group of individuals getting together to celebrate our appreciation of Gibson acoustic guitars and honor the good folks at Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana. All expenses, including lodging, meals, travel costs, etc., are the personal responsibility of each individual attending. Neither the Homecoming participants, Music Villa, Music Villa employees, Gibson Montana, Gibson employees, nor Gibson Guitar Corporation will be responsible for the acts of other parties, including but not limited to, any expenses, or liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, special or exemplary damages arising out of any actions or activities related or unrelated to this event. In particular, everyone is responsible for keeping an eye on their own instruments and other possessions and for loss or damage to the same.

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The schedule has now been confirmed and will include:

 

Acoustic Guitar Clinic by Tony Polecastro

"All you wanted to know about pick ups, mics, and amps for home recording" clinic by Music Villa Staff

Tour of Kevin Kopp’s Guitar Shop (http://www.kevinkopp.com/)

Tour of Waverly Manufacturing

Tour of Gibson Acoustic Factory

Tour of Daniel Roberts Stringworks (http://www.danielrob...tringworks.com/)

Two Acoustic “Open Mic” Events (Friday evening will include a memorial to Bob Riemenschneider)

Private Concert at Music Villa (http://www.musicvilla.com/)

“Gibson Day” at Music Villa

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Kelly, this will be the 10th year. Our registration has been limited to 50 people due to space limitations at some of our events. Past attendance has usually been less than 35, depending on the year, however we usually have closer to 50 attend our open mic events because some local Bozeman people (Gibson past and present employees, Music Villa employees, etc.)attend. We still have some openings so if you'd like to attend, send me an e-mail with your information.

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Sorry I saw the 10th annual at the top of your post after I posted...I am considering it I need to ask the wife if she wants to go or not...I am somewhat reluctant to attend such events due to my lack of playing ability but I am working on it taking lessons..I have 18 guitars not all gibsons..I started collecting before I started lessons..I have some cheap guitars but i like all of them...at 55 years old I must confess that the lessons are not as easy as if I would have started many years ago..but oh well..thanks for the info.

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Kelly, we have people attend with all playing abilities, from very beginning to professional. Don't let your inexperience keep you from attending. We also have many people who bring their spouses. There's a lot to do in the Bozeman area. Some people arrive early or stay late in order to see things. Yellowstone is a short distance away.

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sure does now just need to find out if the wife wants to go I have not told her about it yet, I have only told her i want to go to Montana in June and she gave me a strange look..I am usually a west coast or colorado person when I vacation..but if she does not want to go i will go by myself.

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Yes, Duane, there are still openings. Send me your information via my e-mail address that's listed in the original posting (name, address, e-mail address, number of slots requested, etc.). You'll also want to make your reservation at the Gran Tree as soon as possible. Tell them that you're with the Gibson Homecoming Group in order to get the reduced rate.

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I might have to think about this too. I can not believe that an event like this doesn't have a stronger following. It could easily be combined with a "Bozeman Music Festival" and be the next "Acoustapalooza". Fifty is barely a family reunion.

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We still have openings available if anyone else is interested. Register by sending me an e-mail to the e-mail address listed in the original post with your information. The last day to sign up will be May 15th.

 

Music Villa has arranged for the Kris Clone Band to give our group a private concert on Thursday evening, June 11th. Their music has been described as being “good old country, rockabilly, bluegrass, and honky-tonk”.

 

As in the past, we will have some door prizes available including a leather guitar strap which was donated by Sully Straps (http://www.sullysstraps.com).

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Strummer - I just made my reservation in Bozeman, sounded like they were running a bit low on space - so I would encourage anybody who has not made reservations at the GranTree for the Wednesday 6/10 through Saturday 6/13 800-624-5865, to do so pretty quickly. Looking forward to this again this year.

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