Throughout his musical development, RGRhoades has had both the
pleasure and good fortune of knowing and learning from talented
musicians and educators.
in high school, his most influential musical experiences resulted
from his band director, Clyde M. Barr (soundofamerica.org).
Under his direction RGRhoades participated in the marching band
percussion and low brass sections, as well as playing guitar in
the award-winning jazz band, The Galaxies. The result
was a resolve to pursue a career in music.
college training occurred under the tutelage of Edward F. McGuire,
whose book, Guitar
Fingerboard Harmony published by Mel Bay (melbay.com)
in 976 continues to serve as a valuable resource to those students
of the guitar seeking to gain an understanding of music theory as
it applies to their unique instrument. It was during this same period
that RGRhoades learned the tools necessary for composing and arranging,
which were imparted to him by Ron Dekker, a talented composer and
arranger, with published instrumental arrangements and original
compositions for string ensemble, jazz band, marching band, concert
band and flute ensemble). RGRhoades recently collaborated with Mr
Dekker to create Magic Island, an energetic Latin tune for jazz
the last two years of his undergraduate preparation RGRhoades shifted
to a more intense approach to the classical guitar with Irvin Kauffman,
acclaimed guitarist, double-bassist and cellist for the Pittsburgh
Symphony, as his mentor.