Category Archives: Performances

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.

Mike Peters of The Alarm RETURNS


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.

Mike Peters is known primarily as frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm and more recently as guest vocalist for celt-rockers Big Country. Mike is also an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer charity ‘Love Hope Strength Foundation’.

Learn more about Peters’ amazing  and revered sound…


Rockefella’s Music Fest!

RockefellasRockefellas Bar in Corona is hosting the first annual Rockefellas Music Festival at Storm Baseball Stadium in Lake Elsinore on November 15 and 16, 2014. The festival will have a main stage featuring popular classic rock tribute bands and a second stage for local bands. Activities inside the event include a classic car show, an art walk, vendor booths, beer and wine gardens, and a ferris wheel.

Included in the music line up is our very own
FENDER BENDERS! See our students shine, and help your favorite music school by purchasing a ticket for the 2 Day Festival at our office for $20, just HALF price!

Celebrate the 4th with KRF!

Fender Benders at CycloneThe Parade begins at the intersection of Main and Ontario at 10 a.m. and moves north to Olive Avenue. Grab a seat early along Main Street near one of the three announcers’ booths along the route located at the intersections of Main/Pueblo, Main/Rancho, and Main/Francis to watch the more than 70 entries representing local sports teams, non-profits, and businesses celebrate Independence Day in our community.

The festivities continue at 4 p.m.  at Santana Park with the Family Festival which includes games, bouncers, food booths, and live entertainment throughout the day. The Fender Benders from the Kids Rock Free® program open the entertainment at the Festival followed by the ever talented Southland Band which is returning to our event this year. Pop Vinyl, a popular Southern California band brings its vibrant sound to the stage at 7 p.m. With a dynamic play list featuring everything from Motown to classic rock to current hits, Pop Vinyl brings energy and fun to entertain its audiences and get the crowd popping. [More]

Spring Jammin’

spring jam

What a success! Our annual Spring Jam went off without a hitch. We’re so proud of each and every one of our kids. Spring Jam is the only time of year all the classes at the Fender Center for Performing Arts showcase together. Their music was spirited and their faces were bright.

Special thanks to all our kids for working so hard, and to our teachers and volunteers for making this amazing event possible.