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By Michael K. - Arlington Guitar Teacher

Love listening to guitar music? Want to take guitar lessons in Arlington, VA?

The Washington, DC metro area - which also includes Arlington, northern Virginia and southern Maryland - has some of the finest opportunities to get inspired and watch and hear great guitarists perform every week. From restaurants and small performance venues to large concert halls - from classical, bluegrass, jazz to rock - we have it all here!

Blues Alley, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Bohemian Caverns, Black Cat, Howard Theatre, Gypsy Sally’s, Echostage, Hill Country Live, Artisphere, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Patriot Center, Lisner Auditorium (I’m just getting warmed up here!); all these venues host guitarists and bands throughout the year. Washington, DC attracts regional and international artists.

If you live in Arlington, you are within 15 miles of all of the above venues. Here’s my little secret - I love the venues that don't have reserved seating (you will have to call each venue or check online to find out their policy). I arrive before the doors even open (the earlier the better) and then run to get a front row seat. I've been literally 10 feet away from watching some of the best guitarists in the world! I will always remember being just feet away from the great Larry Carlton - watching every guitar lick he was playing!!! Very cool! Kind of like a private guitar lesson in my living room (with a few strangers around)!

There are also many open mic nights right in Arlington - Cafe Montmartre, Northside Social, Epicure Cafe, and Front Page. I highly recommend checking out the open mic nights. It’s kind of like the tryouts for “American Idol” - anything goes! So, don’t be shy if you’re just a beginner. Getting in front of a live audience and playing “three string rock” is an excellent experience. I even have my own students participate. And, finally, the audience is usually really friendly and will hoot and howl (which is usually a greater reaction than you’ll get from your brother, sister, husband or wife)!

The City Paper (which is free at the metro station) is a great resource to find out who is playing, or you can check out the weekend section of the Washington Post. There are also many FREE concerts at places such as the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and many churches throughout the area. Yes, you will have to look for those guitar performances or groups with guitarists - but you will find them.

So, what does all of this have to do with taking guitar lessons in Arlington? Well, inspiration is key - and if you don’t get inspired by the guy or gal guitarist at the coffee house (or the neighbor next door), I can assure you that you will at these other venues. Plus, just watching and listening to a guitarist is a learning experience - regardless of how good they are. You might hear a new song, chord or guitar lick that you want to learn, and just getting to recognize “stage presence” and “entertainment” is priceless.

I have been teaching for many years - so just remember that when you're starting off, you won't start where the pros start; but, learning the guitar, learning to play some simple tunes, and having fun is what it's all about! Cheers!!

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Annandale, VA

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David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David
David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Baltimore, MD. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 16 y
ears. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

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Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.
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Samantha Gordon March 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!
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John B. October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Feeling very confidant with my choice in instructor!
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lingling he August 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I just have my very first two lessons with David. He gave a very clear deriction and prictice guide for each lesson, easy to follow. I also believe as a wonderful musicalan, his musical experience would a plus for his teaching.
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David S.

Annandale, VA 22003
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Gaithersburg, MD
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Learn to play finger style guitar, and how to read music. Anything from rock, pop to classical.

About Bob
Bob W. received his Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar performance from Catholic University. An accomplished classical guitarist, teacher, and arranger, Bob performs regularly at public and private events.

He is a regular guest artist for Afternoon Teas at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda MD, as well as Brookside Gardens annual "Garden of Lights" winter festival, and Sandy Spring Museum concert series. He has also performed at a reception for the Washington Bach Consort, along with numerous weddings and
special events Bob is currently involved with the Friedman/W. Flute/Guitar Duo, and has participated in ensembles including the Potowmak Trio, the Vivaldi Trio and the Joyful Noise folk group.

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Instructional Material:
Aaron Shearer Classic Guitar Method
Hal Leonard Guitar
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in music room, piano, music stands, amps, well lit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to buy guitar, foot rest, music stand, metronome, and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic, nylon string, fingerstyle, classical
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Bob Wysong

Excellent teacher. Unfortunately my weekend schedule was too busy to continue. Bob is fantastic and if my weekends ever lighten up I will request lessons from Bob for sure!
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Thanks for everything. Amanda will be practicing!
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Bob W.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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About Nathan R.

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I can cover any genres a student might want to learn as well as different techniques including classical, fingerpicking style, lead, etc.

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

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My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Amelia W. August 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her lesson with Nate. He shared some tricks with her that she was showing me in the car on the way home. She never does that. She left very excited to learn more!
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Malik B. April 15, 2018
· Drum · In home
Great teaching skills
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DJ S. February 26, 2018
· French Horn · Online
Nathan was super nice and met our expectations. To take it to the next level a year later though we decided to go with another instructor.
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Nathan R.

Nathan R.

Hanover, MD 21076
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$35 / 30-min

About John B.

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Arlington, VA

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Learn how to play many styles of guitar, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Suzuki guitar. Through one on one instruction, students will learn scales, improvisation and solo phrasing, note reading, theory, chords and chord progressions. In addition, students will also learn how to play their favorite song/s, whether it be Led Zeppelin, Greenday, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis or Stevie Ray Vaughn. Through the useful tools on line and the many great music software programs that are now available, students will find learning a song to be very easy and enjoyable.!

About John
I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.

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Lessons are custom designed to meet the needs of every student, whether it is someone just starting out with the basics or for that seasoned player that wants to hone their professional skills. As a teacher, I consider myself easy going and laid back, with an emphasis on encouraging each student to do their very
best.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, instruments, keyboards recording equipment, waiting room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, foot stool, cables.- Teacher
Own instrument, amplifier if needed, notebook.-Student

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching for about 25 years and am well versed in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Blues and Country genres. I focus on anything from note reading, theory, improvisation and composing.
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Daniel Cook September 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
John is very patient and knowledgeable
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Sara July 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Johns great. I wasn’t sure which instrument to begin and after mandolin lesson number 1... I showed up at his studio with a guitar. Lots of fun and he has lots of patience.
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Bob July 9, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
John has been teaching me chords, which are very difficult on the mandolin. He's an excellent teacher.
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Arlington, VA 22202
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First thing I do before first day of class is send out an enthusiastic email and call shortly after. Briefly discussing and establishing the learning goals for the course based on the visual literacy,technical,and intellectual competencies the students should achieve by the end of a period is ideal for me to design the course or update an existing course for the student's desired outcomes. The syllabus and the schedule are completed along with a comprehensive strategy for what will take place during class.

About Priscilla
I thrive in creating a personable learning experience to each of my students no matter the age or background. I believe You got to be versatile with people's learning style and capabilities so that they may enjoy making art. Through my 15 years of studying and teaching Art in both here in the US and in Brazil, my homeland. I've come to realize with the support of my mentors, peers and my family that my niche is to alternatively educate people specifically children in the arts for the enrichment of culture. So get on board with me and let's Create some new Photo Based Art!

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I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace. Key concepts, such as point of view, framing, lighting, and composition, are taught using any camera. Technique and
process are often what captivate students most.
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Must have an SLR or DSLR camera.

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note book, folder, etc

*** Specialties ***
My main goal is to present students with simplified theories of art and mentor them on techniques and processing of photography.
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corey October 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
From her 7 year old student: She is a great guitar teacher. I love the songs she is teaching me.
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Lexie T. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
she is was great with my girls. very friendly and fun. they loved her and loved the lesson and are really motivated to learn which is all I wanted for them. they got homework which is fun to do for them and they even got to write a song at the end of the lesson. so far everything is great and we really like Priscilla.
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Dy'Najah H. September 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
She was delightful and funny. We just love her.
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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Silver Spring, MD
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Strum and play chords; read and play notes. Sing, write songs and appreciate guitar music of all kinds including flamenco, classical and popular musiic.

About Lisa
Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces.
I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
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Lismari R. September 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Lisa is amazing at teaching. I was looking for singing lessons since a friend of mine asked to sing at her wedding and I am grateful I found Lisa. She has help me with the song, gave me vocal and breathing techniques to reach high tones and even fix the guitar tablatures to match my voice to play it at the wedding. I will keep taking more lessons!!
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PETER A. September 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lisa is an excellent teacher. She makes you feel at easy during the lesson. Looking forward to many more.
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Barbara Ann C. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
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I enjoyed my lesson with Lisa. I learned so much and had fun doing so.
Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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The most important thing to me is to keep the student interested and engaged in the lessons. This way learning guitar is easy and fun, not a struggle. A great place to start is by learning songs you enjoy listening to. Then later moving on, applying theory and scales to the songs we have learned.

About Sam
Hi!
I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of music where I majored in professional music. This included music theory and guitar instruction, as well as reading and writing music notation and charts in different styles. I also play frequently around the DC area, including shows at The 9:30 Club, The Howard Theater, Shamrockfest, The Black Cat, Half Street Fairgrounds. and Gaylord National resort.
For the past three years I have been teaching guitar lessons to student of all ages, with excellent results! I always keep the students interested by teaching songs they are excited to learn, while also making sure that they continue to grow as a guitarist and musicians. Lessons can be in Rock, Jazz, or Pop styles, and on acoustic or electric guitar. Music theory is included to the extent that the student and/or parents are interested. Lesson
s can be at my house or yours.
Thanks!
Sam
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Dara July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It was an excellent lesson! I really learned a lot from it. I was able to learn one song and start on a second on my first lesson only! Definitely recommend Sam to anyone thinking about picking up the guitar!
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Karen June 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Sam is awesome! He listened to my learning objectives and background, he instructs clearly (and kindly), and I’m super stoked for my next lesson.
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Anabel H. June 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Sam is very patient.
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Sam M.

Potomac, MD 20854
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Annandale, VA

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For 23 yrs I’ve taught all levels and most guitar styles. My specialty is blues. Beginners can use my instructional book and begin playing songs from their 1st lesson! I focus on the musical styles my students like and create a curriculum customized for each one. Best of Bethesda Guitar Instructor 3 consecutive yrs. Maryland Blues Hall of Fame for my experience and talent as a professional performing bluesman. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Samee June 23, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great instructor who works with your schedule and your technique, excellent lesson plans!
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Annandale, VA 22003
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Experienced teacher and performer of 14 years. I teach all ages and keep lessons fun, yet challenging. I tailor every lessons to match my students interests and goals. I’ll teach chords, soloing techniques, songwriting skills, and music theory. Let’s rock out and learn some awesome songs!

About Matthew
I am a professional guitarist, songwriter, and drummer. I have been performing and teaching for over 14 years. I’m the singer/guitarist/songwriter of a local band and have gigged at all over the DMV area. I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music, emphasis in Music Industry.

Guitar lessons – I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and folk styles. I teach acoustic and electrical guitar lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach chords, soloing, note reading, improvising, and music theory.

Songwriting lessons – Songwriting is a deep passion of mine and I specialize in rock, pop, and folk. I teach students how to formulate ideas, use chord progressions, make beats/arrangements, overcome writer’s block, and develop solid polished songs.

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- I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and funk styles. I teach drum set lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach beats, fills, note reading, improvising, and fundamentals.

I love teaching lessons and sharing music with eager students. Music should be fun, yet it teaches the value of hard work and the rewards that come with it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals!
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Matthew M.

Lorton, VA 22079
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Hello potential guitar students! My name is Stephen. I am 23 years old and have been playing guitar for nearly 10 years now. I have 4+ years of teaching experience to all ages and absolutely love teaching music. In my lessons, you are the boss. Whether it be scales, chord progressions, specific techniques, or your favorite song, I can help getting you to the place you need to be! All ages welcome, all levels welcome, all people welcome! See you soon.

About Stephen
Hi! My name is Stephen. I am a recent college graduate and professional guitar player and singer. I am in a local DC band called "So.Dakota"- we play a lot of venues around the DMV area. I have several years of teaching experience to all ages and all people. I am incredibly flexible in the speed and content of the lessons depending on the specific student's needs, but I will tell you that no matter what, you will get better each week! Guitar is an incredibly fun and satisfying instrument to learn, but it takes some practice. I am here to encourage you and help you in anyway I can so you meet your goals! As long as you do your best and (try to) have a great time, I guarantee you will learn a lot from me!

I am a very patient person, so please never feel like you are disappointing, not doing well enough, or want to quit. Half the battle wi
th guitar is being encouraged, and I am here to be your cheerleader/teacher. I love and can play most if not all types of music-so you get to decide what we play. Whether it be Metallica or Taylor Swift, I can get you rockin' in no time.

I hope to see you soon!
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Stephen B.

Washington, DC 20005
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