At the unexpected passing of John Marlow in 1992, his friends organized a concert as a tribute to John and a college tuition fundraiser for his son, Richard. The event was a huge success and the magic felt by all in attendance on that beautiful Sunday afternoon of April 18, 1993 inspired Tim Healy and Regis Ferruzza to create a concert series in John’s name. John was a performer, composer, arranger and educator, teaching and serving as Head of the Guitar Department at American University. He inspired and assisted generations of guitarists with his talent, commitment to excellence and generous personality. John was an outstanding human being and our friend. We commemorate him with this annual living memorial.