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Grammy Award Winner-Neil Citron

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If you've seen the films "That Thing You Do" or "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," listened to rock-guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, heard recent recordings by the legendary Yardbirds, or appreciated the talents of internationally renowned drummers Greg Bissonette, Virgil Donati or Mike Mangini, then you may already be familiar with the wealth of musical projects Neil Citron has worked on. Whether producing, engineering, recording, mixing, editing or playing guitar, Citron brings the highest professional standard to every project he works on.

For "That Thing You Do," Tom Hanks relied on Citron's extensive knowledge of the guitar to teach the actors the subtleties needed for absolute realism in this performance film. Citron was on the set for all filming to advise Hanks on flawless execution of the guitar- and bass-playing, and it was Citron who instructed the actors on their instruments prior to filming. "None of this would have been possible if it weren't for you," Hanks told Citron upon viewing the final cut. Under Citron's expert instruction, the two guitarists and bassist became accomplished enough to play live in concert to promote the film in Japan. Citron was also asked to play guitar parts on all band songs on the film's soundtrack, including multiple evolutionary versions of the title song, from the embryonic "garage-band" scene to the slick final "That Thing You Do" hit version.