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AZPM: Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala aims to reach Indian youth





"Native American classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala found his roots in music and decided to put that talent to use to help others find their way through academia.

A member of the Yaqui tribe, Ayala graduated with a degree in music from the University of Arizona in 1997. Since that time he has traveled the world making music as a soloist and with some of the biggest names in the industry. He says he was approached by the Native American Students Association at Pima Community College for help and will give a benefit concert on Monday, March 21st, at the Proscenium Theatre Center for the Arts at Pima Community College.

Ayala has a profound understanding of the value of education and knows the challenges of unfamiliar environments that face Native students. He also has found expression through music, he says, and hopes to bring inspiration to the next generation of college bound students."

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