College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University


LLI: Guitars in Sync: Music in the Les Paul and Mary Ford Tradition

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Oct 16, 2019 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, Science and Technology

10:00 a.m. refreshments;10:30 a.m.-noon speakers

Speakers: George Bowley and Laurie Dupius

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit:

Remember Les Paul and Mary Ford – the very popular 1950s husband- and-wife guitar duo? Think back to “How High the Moon” and “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise.” When George Bowley first heard Les Paul in 1950, he made it his goal to learn how to play the guitar in that style and to master the recording process that Les used to create this fascinating sound. Les responded to young George, and a friendship ensued over the years. George and his daughter, Laurie Dupuis, will share with us their own multiple guitar and vocal music and memories of Les Paul and Mary Ford and how their sound was produced. Their program includes 14 melodious songs with anecdotes and personal stories and will provide a delightful return to some of the tuneful music of the 50s and 60s.

George Bowley, a Naval Academy graduate, served 20 years as a naval officer and retired as a commander in 1979. He spent another 25 years as a senior program manager providing multi-faceted technical, management, and programmatic support to various military commands, defense agencies and research laboratories. Throughout his two primary careers, he has also managed to spend a lifetime learning the recording and playing skills of famed guitarist Les Paul.

Laurie Dupuis, George’s youngest daughter, has a natural musical talent and timing instinct for recording multiple voice tracks and for creating flowing background vocal harmonies ideal for recreating Mary Ford. She joined her father in 1980 to form a highly successful recording and performing team. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, a master’s in clinical psychology from George Mason University, and recently received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University. She is currently practicing in Springfield, Va. She and her father have both been honored as lifetime members of the Recording Academy and have twice been considered for a Grammy Nomination.

Schools & Programs