Five young students and two teachers from Pima Elementary School in Scottsdale, Ariz., are using their musical talents to raise money for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The students, ranging in ages from 11 to 12, and elementary school teachers Erik Hedrick and Stevie Hagel, formed a group called Pima Rock Band with two goals — to promote leadership and make a difference in the community.
“Pima Rock Band is all about taking a group of talented kids and giving them an opportunity to do something big for their community,” said Hedrick, a fifth grade teacher at Pima Elementary School. “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.”
The band’s latest project includes attending a local professional recording studio with producer Billy Siegle to record their version of Taylor Swift’s 2012 hit song “Eyes Open.” The track is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and all digital platforms with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“To see kids helping other kids like what Pima Rock Band is doing is really inspiring for our hospital staff and patients,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “For young people to be so generous with their time, talent and money is extraordinary. We truly appreciate the efforts of these special students and their teachers.”
Pima Rock Band’s past projects include participating in national anti-bullying campaign PACER.org, offering music lessons to patients and staff at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Zone, mentoring peers, and introducing classmates to music.