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The Show Must Go On

A lot of people forget that being a musician is a job like all others. It requires humility, dependability and professionalism. Every interaction is essentially a business meeting and that meeting has to go well. Here at Kids Rock Free we cover every aspect of what it means to be a musician because it’s not just your instruments that you need to master.

No Surrender put this knowledge to the test at NAMM 2017. The band was rained out of their Centerstage location, but took all in stride and made the best out of their situation. And can we give it up for Jacob’s stool percussion skills?

When it’s all said and done we can try our best to plan for the road ahead, but we can’t always predict what’s about to hit us. We must stay calm and positive, keep putting one foot in front of the other when it hits. All we can do is have the confidence to get through those sticky situations.

No Surrender did just that. With an unmistakable passion, and talent that permeates any and all of their surroundings, they gave us a heck of a show.

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 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 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 or call the office at 951/735-2440 Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 6pm.

Thank You D’Addario Foundation!


D'Addario FoundationFender® Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that the D’Addario Foundation has chosen Kids Rock Free® as the beneficiary of a $1,500 grant to support music education!

Our program has currently enrolled more than six hundred students for the summer and fall sessions, and is starting with full classes this winter. Music ed is a fantastic after-school activity, particularly at a time when elementary and high schools have cut so many of their arts programs.

This donation will help us to develop new artists and promote arts & culture within Coronaband small and Riverside County.  We are so grateful to The D’Addario Foundation for supporting music lessons. Here at KRF, we believe that learning music is the key to unlocking a whole world of opportunity for freedom of expression. Music is more than a skill; it is engagement with a creative environment and an immersion into the arts.

To visit Fender® Center for the Performing Arts and learn more about our music education program please call: 951.735.2440 or email us:

Thank you, from Kids Rock Free!

_MG_9144-EditThis summer, Fender® Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce that Bank of America has donated $5,000 to our Kids Rock Free® School of Music to benefit our local community.

“When I play I feel happy and relaxed. I’m thinking I’m doing it! Reading music makes me feel smart.” —Carson, age 9

Our program has currently enrolled more than three hundred students for the summer session, a great activity for the summer doll drums, and is expected to grow during our popular fall session when kids go back to school.

With this donation, we continue to promote local arts and are able to support up to 200 scholarships for eight weeks of music lessons for the children of Corona and Inland California.

We thank Bank of American for their continued support of Kids Rock Free’s music education program. At KRF we believe that music is an important method of expression. Music brings freedom to communicate, excite, and beautify. Music can communicate across time and between languages, and is a meaningful part of our children’s lives:

“Kids Rock Free has really changed my life! I love playing the drums. I’m always keeping a beat to something, or playing in the car, or even on the dinner table. I have been playing for 4 years and it’s my passion. Sometimes when I feel down, I like to play the drums or keep a beat in my head. I always keep my head up and love learning more!” – Sophie, age 12

Here at Fender® Center we offer a wide variety of music lessons for all ages and experience levels.

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SOCAL ICON is the annual solo vocal competition for aspiring young singers between the ages of 7 and 18. And it’s back for a seventh consecutive year!

Boasting celebrity and industry judges from television, Broadway, film and recording; the annual singing contest is conducted over a three-month period beginning in June and concluding with final concert event on Saturday, September 6th.

For more information check out The 7th Annual SoCal Icon Singing Competition on

June 14th – The Village at Orange – Orange, CA
June 28th – South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA