Fender® Center’s Events Showcase and Benefit Kids Rock Free® School of Music

January 23, 2017, Corona, CA  

With the New Year there are new opportunities to experience a variety of musical performances.  Fender® Center invites you to tune in and let the music by our students and our instructors transport you to new dimensions.

February kicks off with the classical sounds of Lee Zimmer’s guitar at One Man-Six Strings, the next in Fender Center’s Coffeehouse Concert Series to benefit the free and low cost music ed at Kids Rock Free® School of Music. The Feb. 11th concert doors open at 7:00pm in the Historic Civic Center Community Room .  As before there will be refreshments for sale and a raffle for an acoustic guitar.  Start the Valentine’s Day celebration early! Tickets are only $10 where Mr. Zimmer is donating his exceptional artistic talent to put kids in music lessons.

Lee Zimmer is very active as a performer and guitar teacher in the Southern California area. Currently, he is adjunct professor of guitar studies at both La Sierra and California Baptist Universities and Riverside Community College. Lee also is music department chairperson for the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free program, where he developed the curriculum for guitar, bass, and combo band studies.  Mr. Zimmer studied classical guitar for several years with Maestro Seiko Sesoko. He also has performed in Master classes with recording artists Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isben, David Russell, Michael Newman, and Jorge Morel.  Lee has arranged music for one, two, and four guitars. His arrangement for two guitars of Le Tombeau de Couperin, by Maurice Ravel, is featured on a CD that he recorded along with guitarist Eric Brenton as Duo Sesoko.  Lee has recorded a solo CD entitled encarnacion which features the guitar music of Federico Moreno- Torroba, Agustin Barrios, Manuel de Falla, and others.

All proceeds benefit Kids Rock Free® School of Music

On March 16, 2017 at 6pm, a cast of students, friends and family will bring you a rockin’ showcase of talent.  Please join us in the Civic Center Auditorium for bands, vocalists and instrumentalists.  Meet our students and instructors and learn what opportunities exist for you to learn to perform music on stage. All ages are welcome; adults $2, children under 12 are free. Watch for more information at www.KidsRockFree.org and on Facebook/KidsRockFree.

Monthly we offer an Acoustic Jam Circle. Bring your acoustic and rhythm instruments, or just your voice and a song to Fender Center at the Civic Center, and jam on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 6 – 7pm. 

Fender® Center is a non-profit music school providing free and low cost lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals for all ages, including a program for toddlers.  No child is turned away from Kids Rock Free programs for inability to pay.  The fully equipped school and recording studio is located at the Historic Civic Center in Corona, supported by community partnerships, donations and arts endowments.  For concert and showcase tickets, visit www.purplepass.com/kidsrockfree or call 951-735-2440.

As First 5 California tells us “Talk. Read. Sing. It Changes Everything!” Music is the best way to engage children in learning.  As a musician your child learns a different language of notes and timing and becomes part of an ensemble that together shares an art form that inspires us all.   For more information please email info@KidsRockFree.org or call the office at 951/735-2440 Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 6pm.

Why Music Education?

It doesn’t take much time or web browsing to find multiple answers to that question. I can point you to many sites that have accumulated the data, such as NAMM.org, NAME.org and Daddario.com.  Besides being fun, which should be all the reason you need; there are many specialists that have proven numerous benefits to be enjoyed by young students of music.  To list them all here I would most likely lose your interest but you should know that brain development of the music student prepares them for increased language development, enhanced reading and math skills, better listening capacity and more academic achievements. But did you know that manual dexterity is improved with instrument playing? How about physical stamina and endurance?  You may have heard people say that arts enrich your life.  Many cultures don’t consider their children’s educations complete without music in it.

I think that one of the best reasons that I heard a mother give her son for taking music lessons was that as a musician he would be the most popular guy in the room.

Which reason to study music works for you?

Kids Rock Free in Corona to host Music & Pub Crawl

Music & Pub Crawl to benefit Kids Rock Free® School of Music

Changing kids’ lives one note at a time


The first Endless Summer Music & Pub Crawl will support music education for kids in Corona and surrounding communities.  Bring your friends and enjoy the fun at the Dos Lagos participating restaurants that are generously helping Kids Rock Free® School of Music raise funds for this important community benefit.

On August 26th, pre-registered crawlers will check-in at Vino Veritas and be ushered in groups between the excellent restaurants/pubs. Other invited sites include Miguel’s, Taps, Stone Church Brewing, Citrus City Grille and Live from Memphis.  Along the way Crawlers will enjoy low-priced specialty drinks, complimentary small bites, raffles and live music, of course!  Everyone will end the evening at Live From Memphis for more music, refreshments and prizes.


To attend the Endless Summer Music & Pub Crawl you may purchase tickets from www.Purplepass.com/KidsRockFree or at the Kids Rock Free® Corona Civic Center site at 815 W. 6th St. #220.  Go to www.KidsRockFree.org or call us at 951-735-2440 for more information or to order tickets.  Crawler tickets are $25, they’re limited and going fast.  There is a ‘No Worries’ Crawl Package for $35 for first-time Uber users, only, that includes a $20 Uber certificate.  No driving, no worries, all fun!

Sponsorship packages allow a business or group to form their own crawl group and name it! Other benefits for sponsors apply.  Endless Summer raffle items will include “Evening Out” music and event packages comprising restaurant gift cards paired with tickets from Fox Theater or sporting events, etc.  Get your raffle tickets early; winners will be announced at the end of the Music & Pub Crawl.

Kids Rock Free® is a nonprofit community music school that provides over 300 kids a week with FREE and low-cost music instruction. These children are our future and they are relying on community support to keep them ROCKING. Music education teaches many skills and increases creativity, listening skills and self-confidence, qualities that will take our kids far.  Since the opening in 1998, we have believed “In a perfect world…Kids Rock Free!” Please help us keep the magic going.PubCrawl_Flyer USE!!! jpeg

Mike Peters Performs for Fender Center!

On April 11, 2015, Mike Peters of The Alarm will appear in a benefit concert for the Fender Center®for the Performing Arts! The excitement will kick off with a magical opening act of the Kids Rock Free® School of Music’s own kids rock band.

VIP tickets include preferred seating in the first six rows, an invitation to a pre-concert reception in the KRF Studio for the Artist Meet & Greet.  There will be a complimentary cheese & fruit plate, no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale. Arrive early for a Master Class with Mike Peters (FREE to all Kids Rock Free® Families) in  the Historic Civic Center Community Room which will be transformed into the KRF Canteen with a no-host bar & sandwich plate for sale.

Mike_Peters_of_The_AlarmThe VIP reception and the KRF Canteen open at 6:30 p.m. Mike Peters has played acoustic guitar all his musical life and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day.  Mike will talk about his life experiences and if there are musicians in the crowd, he’ll wind up the Master Class with a jam session. Tickets for Master Class and Concert are sold separately or with a package discount. With prices this low, you can’t afford to miss this live show of this talented artist.