Guitar winner Jack Marston of Cape Elizabeth

MECHANIC FALLS — The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the teen winner of its Third Annual Maine High School Student Guitar Competition. Fourteen-year-old Jack Marston, a Cape Elizabeth High School freshman, placed first in the statewide contest open to Maine high school teens, grades 9-12. Marston will receive the grand prize, a Martin guitar, and will perform with Hall of Fame inductees at the 47th Annual Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m., at the Silver Spur, in Mechanic Falls. Marston is the son of Peter and Laura Marston.

A young, budding musician, Marston has played guitar since he was ten. Marston performs with Cape Elizabeth High School’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble playing both guitar and saxophone and also with a three-piece combo, under the direction of music teacher Robert Wheeler. Marston studies guitar with Lincoln Meyers at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and plays with the Youth Ensemble at Portland Conservatory of Music. Marston says, “I took an interest in country music from age two, and have been obsessed with bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson and his song “Tennessee Stud” ever since!” He often plays open mic nights with his father, Pete, at local establishments like The Rack at Sugarloaf and Sugar Bowl bowling alley. He has also performed at Root Wild Kombucha in Portland. When not on stage, Jack enjoys alpine ski racing and playing frisbee.

The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1978. The Museum, established in 2008, is the only Country Music Hall of Fame museum east of Nashville. The 3000-square foot space in the lower level of the Silver Spur is an amazing showcase for thousands of historic memorabilia accumulated over the decades, bringing to life, and preserving the legacy of over 160 inductees from all over the State of Maine.

The 47th Annual Induction Ceremony & Show will be held at the Silver Spur on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m., at The Silver Spur, 272 Lewiston St, Mechanic Falls, Maine. Four new inductees for 2024 will be honored and a lively concert showcasing many Hall of Fame living legends and Marston, along with last year’s contest winner, Maddie Yates of Greely High School, will follow. For more information about the show and contest please call 603-553-1973 or email or find the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame on Facebook. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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