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Dweezil Zappa Helps GNG!

dweezil-zappaWe are excited to announce that guitarist extraordinaire, Dweezil Zappa, will appear on a rock celebrity edition of “Chopped” on the Food Network in an attempt to win $10,000 for our charity!


Premiering Tuesday, August 18th at 10pm  “Rock Stars”

Four rock stars with a passion for cooking (Lita Ford, Kelly Hansen, Eddie Ojeda and Dweezil Zappa) take over the Chopped kitchen in hopes of winning $10,000 for their favorite cause. In the first round, the cooks attempt to make harmonious appetizers with a bubbly drink. In the entree round, lamb is the jam. The final rock ‘n’ roll-themed round has the competitors cooking with rock candy and lemon rolls.

Host: Ted Allen

Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos


Win or not, Dweezil will always be a guitar hero in our book! Thanks Dweezil!

North Ridge Class Completed

Awesome Group! GNG instructors extraordinaire Brandon Kelly, Kerry Milligan, and Ryan Countrymen wrapped up a Level 1 class at North Ridge Community Church in May with 7 fantastic students.   Not only did each of these students work incredibly hard to learn to play the guitar, they also got up on stage in front of […]

Fundraising Success!

The Arizona chapter of GNG, like every nonprofit organization, needs funds in order to carry on our mission of providing free guitars and lessons to foster & adopted kids, at-risk youth, and other underserved kids. For 2015 we realized that we needed to do something big in order to raise as much money in the most efficient way possible. So, we decided to gather up some great GNG volunteers and supporters and play 100 holes of golf!


Each participant set out with a goal to raise as many dollars as they could for every hole of golf they played. In the end, 17 golf participants attracted donations from more than 220 donors for a total of just over $28,000! Amazing!


Here’s our incredible group of volunteers.

gng fundraising participants

From L to R: Leo Lambert, Brandon Kelly, Jack Wilson, Tammie Evans, Marc Taylor, Colin Canavan, Dan Busse, Chris Price, Mike Johnson, Melinda Frankel, JT Shoaf, Karen Bird, Ryan Bird, Pablo Rodriguez, BethAnne Countrymen, Ryan Countrymen, and RJ Kohlmeyer


We were also able to get Alice Cooper’s autograph on a couple of guitars that were donated to us, which we then raffled off to a couple of our highest performing participants.

These two guitars were autographed by none other than Alice Cooper! They were raffled off to those that raised the most money

These two guitars were autographed by none other than Alice Cooper! They were raffled off to those that raised the most money


This was an absolutely astounding showing from our participants and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support. Thanks to everyone who participated or donated. This powers our program for some time to come!

Behavioral and Developmental Issues Among Foster Children

If you've had a chance to learn a little about Guitars not Guns you know by now that we exist solely to help foster children and other at-risk youth by deterring them away from negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, violence, and more. Our objective is to train their focus on the positive things in […]