Marlow Guitars for Veterans

[Sponsored by Marlow Guitar International (MGI),
in Cooperation with the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, MD]


Marlow Guitar International believes strongly that music and the arts play a vital role in building community and can also promote personal health and well-being. The Marlow Guitars for Veterans Program was born of the desire to support veterans who have sacrificed on our behalf and may now need our assistance, especially in coping and healing from anxiety, stress and other challenges to their well-being. MGI hopes to assist in the pathway of reintegration and/or recovery by offering guitar lessons to veterans, an activity that can inspire, open the window of the mind and wake the spirit.

Veterans selected for the program receive a new guitar, accessories and 10 weekly one-hour lessons with our wonderful and versatile instructor, Michael Bard. By offering consistent lessons on a quality instrument with a skilled instructor without charge to the participants, MGI is able to set the stage for learning the guitar and ultimately developing a relationship with an art form that can contribute to long-term health and well-being.


Our pilot program finished in the middle of March, just as we were feeling the pinch of the Coronavirus 19 (Covid-19). Lessons have moved to an online format and the enthusiastic response gives us the courage to press forward and expand.

Each veteran receives a gift of:

  • Ten weekly one-on-one lessons with a guitar instructor who is versatile in many musical styles 
(class now online)
  • A new Cordoba C5 classical guitar with carrying case
  • All accessories: sheet music, stand, tuner, strings and method book


Your generous gift is tax-deductible


  • $825 for one Veteran to receive a guitar, accessories, and to take 10 lessons
  • $300 for three ensemble lessons for a group of veterans.
  • $2325 to give one veteran a guitar, accessories, and lessons for one full year
  • $23,250 to provide 10 vets their guitars, accessories, and lessons for one full year

Any amount you can to help provide continuous lessons for vets who wish to study for longer than one year:

  • $200 for a guitar
  • $50 for a guitar case
  • $75 for music accessories
  • $50 for a one-hour lesson; $500 for ten hours of lessons