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Monterey International Blues Festival
P.O. Box 2776, Monterey, CA 93942
www.montereyinternationalbluesfestival.com

LEE DURLEY
A professional vocalist, Lee Durley began his career while attending Colorado University. After fine tuning his style in Las Vegas and Nevada’s silver circuit he headed to California. Durley settled permanently on the Monterey Peninsula in 1970, where his music has since earned a large, loyal following. Durley’s performance and writing style blend jazz, blues, r&b, rock, and gospel, pleasing a diverse audience. His vocals have been compared to Lou Rawls, Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams and Nat King Cole. He has been a featured guest vocalist on numerous cd`s as well as countless background vocals studio sessions. Durley has had multiple appearances at the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival and was a long time board member of the equally famous Monterey Bay Blues Festival, serving as talent director. He is also well known from the years he served as promotions director at Monterey`s KWAV/KIDD radio stations where he hosted his own nightly radio show. Durley is still performing weekly at several venues in the Monterey area. His passion for music has always been a guiding force in his life and continues bring him fulfillment as well as those who hear and appreciate his artistic talents.

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AMY TREADWELL
Amy Treadwell grew up in California’s San Francisco Bay Area spending happy summers with family in Carmel working at the old Highlands Inn. She earned a BA in chemistry from Notre Dame de Namur University and an MA in International Environmental Policy from Monterey Institute of International Studies (Middlebury).  Amy served as Program Director at Monterey College of Law’s Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management; Field Representative for Assembly Member Bill Monning; and as a corporate event planner in Sonoma County; all the while singing and performing in blues ensembles, musical theatre productions and gospel choirs. Amy sang and recorded for many years with the Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Choir, performed with the San Francisco Lamplighters and often performed with her blues band at the old Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Amy currently serves on the board of directors for the Salvation Army and the Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir. She also performs locally as a gospel and blues singer, designs jewelry, teaches yoga and in her spare time races open-ocean Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

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JOHN D. LAUGHTON
John Laughton was born and raised in Monterey and returned in 1978 where he now practices estate planning law. Mr. Laughton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Laughton is the current chair of The Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps Advisory Board. He served on the Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Bay Area Council Board of Directors for 26 years, the Chartwell School Board of Trustees, and the All Saints Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees (1998-2001 and 2006-2012). He was appointed to the City of Del Rey Oaks Planning Commission and served between 1985 and 1992. He is active in other community and veteran’s affairs and enjoys pro bono legal work for other non-profit organizations. He served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam 1971-1972). He considers it fortuitous to have served as an usher for many years at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.

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JUDY PROUD
Judy Proud moved to the Monterey Peninsula after having worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  While with the City, she obtained a BA in Public Administration and brings her organizational skills to MIBF.  Volunteering is an integral part of her life and she has been active since her early 20s, contributing to many organizations.  Judy started volunteering at the Los Angeles County General Hospital, then later with Navy Relief at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she was awarded the Lucile S. Packard Memorial Award for outstanding volunteer services to the Aquarium, was President of the Gentrain Society of the Monterey Peninsula College, and served as Board member of the Monterey Symphony and President of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony.  Judy is currently the President of the Carmel Women’s Club and their Foundation, Community Outreach Director for Youth Music Monterey County, and Secretary to the Board of First Night Monterey.  Proud believes the arts are an important part of any community and encourages reaching out to all, especially, our youth.
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Jackie Craghead
Jackie Craghead was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama where, as a child, she was first taught to volunteer her time to help the community. Singing in her school and church choir prepared her for singing in rest homes and choir competitions. She continued activities in music as an adult, serving on the board of directors of the Carmel Music Society, singing in her church choir and, on occasion, in local venues. Jackie volunteers her time for numerous non-profits, including: Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army Monterey Corps., Colleagues of the Arts, Monterey County Pops, Carmel Woman’s Club, The Monterey Civic Club, and the Monterey History and Art Association's La Merienda Committee. She is a past fund development committee member of Visiting Nurses Association. She is a past board member of Pacific Repertory Theatre and is currently on their Special Events Committee, serving more than twenty consecutive years. Jackie is also on the committee for the Shake family fundraiser for The Salvation Army: Sabu’s Safari. She served on the organizing committee for The Hearts for Haiti fundraiser in 2010. Jackie has also served four years as President of our local branch of the NAACP and was on the Executive Committee for many years. She was on the Seaside Planning Commission for more than 25 years and is a member of Monterey Bay Chapter of The Links, Inc., a national civic organization where she chairs the National and International Trends and Services Committees. Throughout her many years of service, Jackie has been locally and nationally recognized for her public service: The Commission on the Status of Women of Monterey County named her one of the eight outstanding women of Monterey County for 2001, she was Meals on Wheels Women Who Care Woman of the Year in 2010, was the recipient of the Monterey County NAACP’s President’s Award in 2011 and was Quota Club’s Woman of the Year. Jackie currently serves as a board member for the Monterey International Blues Festival where she serves as hospitality liaison.

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GUITARS NOT GUNS
The Monterey County Chapter of Guitars Not Guns was founded in 2010 in response to a tremendous need for programs that provide alternatives to gang violence for at-risk youth. They have since become one of the most dynamic chapters in the United States having donated
over 1,400 guitars in the last 6 years.

Using music as a catalyst, children and teens are encouraged to use their creativity to foster personal development and to help divert them from self-destructive influences such as drugs, alcohol and gang-related activities. Providing free guitars and lessons engages their creative potential and help them achieve their dreams.

Programs are for children and teens ages 8 - 18 using low teacher-to-student ratios. Most classes consist of 8-12 students with two to three adult instructors. In addition to learning how to master changing from one chord to another, children learn perseverance, discipline and self-esteem. More importantly, the kids learn to enjoy the interaction and have fun in a group setting. Those who complete the full 8-week program are allowed to keep the guitar and are encouraged to return for Level 2.

The Monterey Chapter of Guitars Not Guns has expanded their presence to more than 10 in Monterey County. Classes are held at the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus (Silver Star and the Culinary Institute); the Boys and Girls Club in Seaside; the Marina Youth Center; Marina High School; The Salvation Army in Salinas; Alisal Center for Fine Arts in Salinas; CHISPA Housing programs; Ord Terrace Elementary School through the Community Partnership for Youth in Seaside; Fairview Middle School in Gonzales; CSUMB Upward Bound Program; Steinbeck Library in Salinas; Castroville Middle School; and Harden Middle School in Salinas.

The Guitars Not Guns students perform regularly at functions through Monterey County including the West End Celebration; First Night Monterey and Good Old Days. Guitars Not Guns instructors and staff are an all volunteer organization.

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THE SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Services include:
Adult Rehabilitation
Veterans Affairs Services
Prison Ministries
Elderly Services
Combating Human Trafficking
Missing Persons
Hunger Relief
Housing and Homeless Services
Christmas Assistance
Youth Camps & Recreation
Disaster Relief
Emergency Disaster Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

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