The Kids Rock Free® (KRF) School of Music Fender® Benders, Cutting Edge, and No Surrender (student bands) always say yes. This year they continue their friendship for a repeat performance for some very special youth. This holiday weekend they will be performing for survivors of fire at the Fire & Burn Foundation’s Winter Camp. This is a unique camp that serves as the hallmark of a burn survivor program and takes places in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Beyond the Scars Camp provides a relaxed social setting offering burn-injured children the support and counseling needed to re-establish and enhance their self-esteem. Campers discover that they are not alone—that there are other children out there learning to live with burn injury. They also get a chance to just have fun in this great natural setting. Burn Camp is a unique, positive experience for these children where they can be themselves, share common ground with others and make new friends in a nurturing environment (FireandBurn.org).
KRF believes that sharing music is vital and what better way than for kids to engage with kids. Empathy is a learned response, and making friends around music is a beautiful way to grow our compassion. Whatever our differences, we can all agree that everyone loves music. Music doesn’t just excite us, it touches our hearts. Without even using words, music can let us know we are not alone. You can be sure that all will be rockin’ to the tunes played by KRF’s student bands on Feb. 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. Lee Zimmer, guitar and band instructor, will direct all members. The parents of these high school performers will play the role of the roadies.
The nonprofit Kids Rock Free School of Music in Corona, CA provides free and low-cost music lessons to kids ages 7 – 17. Advanced students perform in bands in the community and at the school’s two concert venues. KRF has taught over 15,000 kids in over 15 years in guitar, keyboard, drums, bass and voice. Generous supporters that keep the kids rockin’ include Lucas Oil Corp., Riverside County EDA, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and many, many more music fans.