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Roland U.S. Proudly Sponsors Children’s Music Foundation Benefit Gala

BRIDGES concert benefits children’s music education programs

BRIDGES concert benefits children’s music education programs

Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2015 — Roland U.S. was the title sponsor for the recent BRIDGES benefit gala and concert in Seattle, in support of the Children’s Music Foundation (CMF). Founded in 2009, CMF was created exclusively to promote the study of music as an educational tool in our elementary schools, to support school music programs, and to promote music in education throughout the United States.

The gala was emceed by former KING 5 News anchor Meg Coyle, and was attended by music education supporters and rock and roll VIPs. It consisted of a cocktail reception and dinner at Seattle’s Triple Door, followed by a live auction (auctioneered by Seattle radio/TV personality Mark Christopher) and concert entertainment, culminating in a captivating Brazilian music showcase. Included in the auction was a Roland HPi-50e digital piano with a rosewood finish, as well as a Roland V-Guitar GC-1 and accompanying BOSS pedals: a DS-1 Distortion pedal signed by Roland artist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and a TU-3 Chromatic Pedal tuner signed by guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson).

Greg Scruggs, defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, bid fervently and won the guitar and pedals. He later posed for photos with guests, letting some of them wear his Super Bowl ring.

Roland U.S. CEO/president Jay Wanamaker enthused, “With more and more schools lacking funds to offer music education, organizations such as CMF are becoming more vital to the future of our children, and we are proud to share in their mission.”

Rourke O’Brien, President and Founder of CMF, remarked, “We are committed to bringing music education into more of our country’s schools, and with assistance from long-time music education advocates such as Roland, we’re able to expand the reach of our programs each year.”

To learn more about the Children’s Music Foundation, visit

Photo caption: Members of the celebrity-studded audience pose with one of the evening’s auction winners. Pictured L to R: Michael Derosier, drummer for Heart; Jeff Kathan, drummer for Spike and the Impalers and former drummer for Paul Rodgers (Bad Company); Mike Kearse, local Seattle musician; Washington State’s Lt. Governor Brad Owen; Greg Scruggs, Seattle Seahawks defensive end; Scott Batchelder, drummer for the Sonics; and Mark Christopher, Seattle radio/TV personality. Photo credit: Corky Trewin