LLL Guitar Group plays songs you love to hear

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Listen to some of your favorite country, pop, rock, cultural, and ballads performed by members of the PebbleCreek LifeLong Learning Guitar Group. The group's leader, Jim Sykes, will MC the program featuring some new and some familiar faces from our very own PebbleCreek community – many of whom wowed audiences in the Spring ShowTime production “This Land is Your Land.”

Not limited to guitars, the members also play ukulele, harmonica and autoharp to accompany slow, medium and fast classic hits sung as solos and duets in a variety of styles. The finale will be a medley of crowd favorites with all seven musicians front and center. 

Formerly known as the Guitar Club, the LifeLong Learning Guitar Group, is a group of musicians who provide educational opportunities to learn more about the history of guitar music, the various musical genres in which guitars play different roles, and opportunities to hear how guitars are used to create music. The Guitar Group meets in the LLL Center from 3-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. While the Guitar Group does not offer beginner lessons, if you have some skill in guitar and are interested in joining the group, please come to one of the sessions and talk with Jim.

The following Guitar Group members will be at the Sunday Series to educate and entertain:

Howard BrodbeckHoward Brodbeck learned to play drums at age 14, graduated from engineering college at age 22 and retired from a career in engineering and business in 2009. To celebrate his retirement, Howard bought himself a guitar and started teaching himself to play. Howard is living proof that even engineers and drummers can be musicians. 

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Edward DeFord, “The Duke of Uke,” is from Hull, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. A life-long musician and performer, Edward is now sharing his love of traditional music and great old ukulele tunes. Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.

Carl Halladay


Carl Halladay started playing guitar at age 10. A founding member of a bluegrass band in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that entertained throughout the Rocky Mountain area for more than 40 years, he moved to PebbleCreek in 1995. Since then he has played guitar with the PebbleCreek Big Band and appeared in several ShowTime shows. He helped establish the PebbleCreek Guitar Club in 2014 and is currently playing with the Desert Rovers folk group.

Tom Healy


Tom Healy is a singer/guitarist who performs in the Phoenix area with a mix of classic acoustic rock, country, traditional Celtic, and original compositions. Cover songs include favorites from James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett and many more.


Becky Rodes Becky Rodes picked up the autoharp in 2010 and has enjoyed learning all this unique instrument can do. She has performed in schools, care facilities, churches, and Irish pubs. For five years she also served as a hospice music volunteer. She is delighted to participate in Guitar club’s fun and friendly music jams!

Jim Sykes


Jim Sykes grew up around music as his father was the leader of a country band for 30 years, occasionally playing with country legends including Patsy Cline, George Jones, and Little Jimmy Dickens. Jim, a retired CPA, CPCU and ChFC, now has time to enjoy his musical passions, including light rock, folk, country, Christian music, and songs of the heart. Jim has performed at churches, open mic venues, and community events.



The Sunday Series begins at 2 p.m. in the Chianti Room. The program is free, but registration is required. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to St. Mary's Food Bank.