Mohave students rock out to support health organizations

A Scottsdale middle school musical group will use its talents to raise money to benefit a pair of health organizations — one national, one local — with a free performance at Tempe Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Pima Rock Band, comprised of four Mohave Middle School sixth grade students and two teachers, has selected the American Heart Association, known for its pediatric heart research, and Guiding Star, a local residential treatment center for women, to be the recipients of its fundraising efforts that day, according to a press release.

In conjunction with its Dec. 4 performance, Pima Rock Band will launch two songs, “Eyes Wide Open” and “Fly,” on iTunes. All of the proceeds from the song downloads will be directed to those two organizations.

“Pima Rock Band is all about taking a group of talented kids and giving them the opportunity to do something big for their community,” said Erik Hedrick, Pima Elementary School fifth grade teacher, in the press release. “It’s not about being the best singer, playing the loudest guitar solo or being the best musician in school; it’s about school-aged kids helping others with their talents and, hopefully, inspiring others along the way.”

Past Pima Rock band projects include participating in PACER’s national anti-bullying campaign, offering music lessons to patients and staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Zone, mentoring peers and introducing classmates to music.

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