Monday, March 21, 2011

Girl Scouts Really do Rock!

On Saturday, I had the honor of attending the launch of Roland Corporation U.S. and Girl Scouts of the USA's national Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland initiative at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre. Many Girl Scouts and their parents attended and participated in the fun, interactive music workshop co-developed by Roland and Girl Scouts, designed to get girls pumped up about making music. It was an amazing experience and I have to say that watching the girls light up when playing on all of the instruments provided by Roland was incredibly moving! The photos here are from my phone, but definitely convey how cool the event was.

Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland is committed to providing girls ages 8-14 a hands-on experience playing popular music; an opportunity fewer girls are receiving due to school music budget cuts.

Charlotte Caffey, of the
Go-Go's, the original groundbreaking all-female rock band, was at the event to offer her support. Charlotte's mega-hit "We Got the Beat" is the Girls Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland's theme song. "This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat. As a female musician and songwriter and mother of a 16-year-old daughter myself, I love that the Girl Scouts and Roland have partnered to bring girls across the country access to making music." Former Girl Scout and Disney star Shelby Spalione, previous lead singer of the all-girl teen rock band KSM, inspired by the Go-Go's, sang "We Got the Beat" with the Rockin' Roland Girls Band, and participated alongside girls, inspiring them to learn to make their own music and follow their dreams. Spalione, 17, who opened for the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato last year as lead singer of KSM, is currently working on a solo project.

Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland hits the road next month with subsequent workshops in Miami (Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida on April 30); Minneapolis (Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys-Date TBD); Chicago (Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana on May 14) and New York City (Girl Scouts of Greater New York City on May 21).