Bend Roots is a community outreach helping fund & manage music and art education programs at REALMS Middle School, Westside Village School, Chamberlain High, Riverbend Middle School, and Cascades Academy. We are also supporting at-risk youth scholarships at the Art Station via Arts Central; to provide scholarships for intermediate and advanced students of music via private instructors. Joe Schulte (mandolin), Rich Hurdle (guitar), Julie Southwell (violin) & Aaron Andre Miller (piano). This summer we are kicking off the third annual Rise Up’s Music & Art Camps along with our newest concept: Red Bird Rock Band Camp at Elk Lake All of these activities coalesce at the end of September in one of Central Oregon’s largest music festivals – Bend Roots Revival.

All of the proceeds from the festival and other events like the Church of Neil help fund our programs. With support from Oregon Community Foundation, Deschutes Brewery, Breedlove Guitars, Broken Top Bottle Shop, and a host of community sponsors we are finally realizing our dream of sustained funding for arts education in Bend. This has been a nine-year journey for teaching-artists: Mark Ransom, Shireen Amini, Patrick Pearsall, Jason Graham, Sheri Foster, Jesse Roberts, and several others. Thanks for being part of the journey. Creating Community through Music & Art!


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