The Kennedy Center

The Fender Benders



Biography

The Fender Benders is one of five combo bands currently part of the Kids Rock Free band program at the Fender Center in Corona, California.  Developed and led by Band Director and Music Chairperson, Lee Zimmer, the program serves as both a platform for students to perform on stage while also promoting the Kids Rock Free music education program.  The kids that perform in the band program are those that have studied and learned music and performance in the classes at the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free program. Through the years members have changed, but the Fender Benders as a band name has been a constant since the program’s beginning in 1999.  They continue to perform at numerous local events, have opened for Steve Miller, Paul Rodgers, and Berlin, and now they have been given the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Tonight’s show is a combination of some of the best classic rock by groups such as Journey, Led Zeppelin, and Rush, as well as a nice collection of Christmas music for the season. These young musicians, ages 14 to 17 will present all of this as a tight well-rehearsed show that should prove to be very entertaining and inspiring.  Most of the kids performing in the show got their musical beginnings in the Kids Rock Free program.

About Fender® Center Museum & Kids Rock Free® music program:
Founded in 1997, a 501 © 3 nonprofit organization, Fender Center Museum, through its Kids Rock Free music education program, is dedicated to providing free and low cost music lessons to children ages seven to 17 in piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, and combo-band. Home-based in Corona, California, the program has taught more than 16,000 students from 110 Southern California cities to play a musical instrument as well as gain a deeper appreciation for music. For more information: www.fendercenter.org.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/10/2011: The Fender Benders

Young musicians from the Kids Rock Free band program at the Fender Center in Corona, California, perform classic rock from such bands as Journey, Led Zeppelin, and Rush, as well as a collection of some holiday music.

The Fender Benders