Sal DiTroia Tribute


On Tuesday August 28, 2007, the Tampa Bay Fingerstyle Guitar Guild presented "The First Annual Tribute/Fundraiser for Sal DiTroia" at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida.

Performers Included:

And Guild Members:

  • Ted Wray, who also acted as host
  • Don "Hambone" Hanby
  • Don Kautz
  • John "Liebs" Lieberman
  • Michael Marth
  • Terry Premru
  • Richard Taylor

In addition to the music, there was a raffle, with quite a number of prizes, from guitar strings to an acoustic guitar. Sal's CD, "Lost in the Music" was available for patrons to purchase, and several of the guest artists also made available their CD's.

It was a good crowd, especially for a Tuesday night, and between admissions and the raffle, a tidy sum was realized for the DiTroia family. 

In preparation for this event, TBFGG members Ted Wray, Don "Hambone" Hanby, Terry Premru and Michael Marth appeared on Tampa's WMNF 88.5 FM, on the "Live Music Showcase" on August 17th, and on August 24th, on WTSP-TV, Channel 10, Tampa Bay, Ted Wray and Michael Marth appeared on "Studio 10", and our Media page has a report on these performances.

In Memory of Sal DiTroia [22 June 2007]
Playing guitar for 50 years, 36 years of fingerstyle guitar.
Every time you hear “I'm a Believer” on the radio or watch The Godfather on television, you hear Sal. He’s the studio musician who played guitar on The Monkees’ peppy 1966 hit and worked on the score for the 1972 movie’s foreboding wedding scene. Sal also performed on Billy Joel’s first album, on Simon & Garfunkel’s hits “The Boxer” and “Scarborough Fair”, and on all of Dionne Warwick’s hits, including “Alfie” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” He’s worked with everyone from Grace Slick to Country Joe McDonald.

Sal playing “Darcy’s Smile” at the Muriel Anderson Concert at the UU Dome, Tampa, on Valentine’s Day 2007
Videography by Ted Wray; used with permission.