Jim Forrest (B.A. San Jose State College, 1954; B.M., California
Institute of the Arts, 1970; M.A. California State University Los
Angeles, 1971), attended the GFA inaugural meeting in Santa Barbara
in1973, and was member #107 of the GFA. Shortly thereafter, he became
the GFA Secretary/Treasurer. In 1977, he became the GFA General Manager,
being responsible for renewals, new memberships, and Soundboard back
issues, later on taking responsibility for the advertising accounts. At
the end of 1980, with the retirement of John Tanno as editor of
Soundboard, Jim became a co-editor, then Editor-in Chief. In this
function, he took on the job of typesetter of the magazine for the next
five years, when desktop publishing was in its infancy.
Jim attended many GFA conventions in both the United States and
Canada, taking hundreds of photographs to be published in Soundboard,
soliciting articles for the publication, and signing up new members for
the GFA. After several years, he handed over his duties to other GFA
members, but continued as a co-editor and proofreader for Soundboard.
Professionally, he continued as a teacher of guitar, and also English
as a Second Language (ESL) in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
During the last few years, he has been involved in Early Music, learning
the recorder, sackbut, and viola da gamba, currently performing in
various amateur groups in Southern California. The violin and the viola
have also been added to the instruments he plays in amateur and youth