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Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland


Special Disney Star Performance and Workshop Empowers Girls Through Music

Roland Corporation U.S. and Girl Scouts of the USA stopped in the GSGCNWI area on Saturday, May 14, in conjunction with the national tour of the new Girl Scouts Rock! Initiative, which includes workshops designed to inspire and empower girls through music.

Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland will reach thousands of Girl Scouts and their parents across the country, delivering the message that you can have a “Better Life with Music.” The fun, interactive curriculum co-developed by Roland and Girl Scouts of the USA gets girls pumped up about making music and music education. Girl Scouts Rock! is designed to provide girls ages 8-14 with a hands-on experience playing popular music, an opportunity fewer girls are receiving due to school music budget cuts.

At each workshop, Roland is bringing the Rockin’ Roland Girls Band for an electric performance of popular songs to introduce girls to their inner musician and to the instruments they play. Former Girl Scout and Disney star Shelby Spalione, previous lead singer of the all-girl teen rock band KSM, will also be on hand in Chicago to sing with the Rockin’ Roland Girls Band, talk to the girls, and inspire 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.

Girls will then be led into break-out sessions featuring activities utilizing Roland’s Lucina AX-09 Shoulder Synthesizer, HD-1 V-Drums® Lite, Rock Band 3, an interactive instrument display, and karaoke station. The curriculum is based on the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story –Tell It!, which uses a storytelling theme in fun and relevant ways to help girls understand themselves and their potential.  Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible by a generous grant from Dove. Roland will also conduct “Better Life with Music” sessions for interested parents and troop leaders, presenting the latest research and information regarding the benefits of music education in the lives of their children.

Girl Scouts Rock! kicked off in Los Angeles on March 19, and continues on with workshops in Miami, Chicago and New York City through the end of May. Girl Scouts Rock! Chicago hosted two sessions: one for Girl Scout Juniors (ages 8-11) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and one for Girl Scout Cadettes (ages 11-14) from 1 - 4 p.m.

Post-workshop tools will be available at so that councils across the country can access and re-create Girl Scouts Rock! in their own communities. Roland will serve as a liaison between local Girl Scout councils connecting music retailers and teachers to help provide access to instruments and instruction.