Some of the best summers of my life were spent there on that crappy little campus in New Milford CT. Magical times involving players/writers/producers/engineers ranging from garage bands to international headliners. During my 3 years as metalhead teen wrangler and faculty member I forged relationships and built a musical work ethic and body of knowledge so huge, it showed me I still knew nothing. I can not thank the folks that made that place happen enough for making me what I am today. this is just a brief list off the top of my head of people I had the honor of playing/hanging with during my tenure: Ronnie Earl Paul Gilbert Michael Manring Alex Skolnick John Knowles Steve Bailey Matt Smith Trey Anastasio Mike Gordon Rick Emmit Kenny Neale Roy Bookbinder Duke Robillard Reeves Gabrells Anthony Jackson Larry Coryell Murali Coryell J. Geils and Magic Dick Chris Duarte I could come up with dozens more! And that doesn't even begin to mention the STAFF! My fellow grunts are amongst the best players in the world, and I am forever humbled by them gracing me with even a little of their wisdom. Pat Berguson, R. L. Cass (wrote virtually ALL of Allison Krause's hits, and he was just the guy that ran the campus music store!), Ryan Smith, Raleigh Green, Jody Fischer (wrote the literal bible on modes for jazz guitar), Sharon Ray, Terry Syrek, Chris "Angus" Clark, and the list just goes on and on. Google some of those names you don't know and you'll start to get an idea of what we had back then. No real reason for posting other than to say I'm just so sad it is gone. It has been some years since I've been involved, but I am just devastated by the fact that no one else will experience the joy that was the NGW. Any other alumni/faculty lurking around TB want to share a tear and a virtual beer over the passing of such an inspirational institution?