The Devon Clifford Music Foundation provides unique and collaborative musical experiences to underserved youth at no cost.
Mainly, we hold “Band Camps” that allow Abbotsford youth (ages 12-17) to learn how to play instruments together and even perform live.
Reflections from a Rock Camp participant
“I thank all of the teachers who not only taught us but kept the place lively. I especially thank Kim, my teacher, for teaching me chords, something I had a lot of trouble with when I was teaching myself. I sincerely apologize for me being so quiet. I have trouble talking and getting into conversations, so I choose not to. But music is my way of speaking and I had a blast. Thank you for all of this amazing opportunity and motivation for me and the other student’s future music endeavors.”
Our Inspiration: Devon Clifford
Devon Clifford was a respected drummer for many Vancouver-based bands. In 2010, he suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage onstage during a performance with his band You Say Party. At the time, he had been a few days shy of his 30th birthday.
Devon was an exceptional person. He was a gifted musician, whose powerful, propulsive drumming style made it difficult for his bandmates not to dance when they performed with him. Many of his friends consider him the most intelligent person they had ever known. None would dispute that he was the funniest.
Playing music with his friends always allowed Devon to experience his uniqueness in a positive way. Drumming opened up a happy and successful life for him. He was able to create award-winning music, travel the world many times, and build a supportive community with this bandmates and friends. He grew up into a compassionate man who served struggling people through his work with the Portland Hotel Society. And that’s why helping “the underdog” is a core part of the Foundation’s work.
We believe there is magic in making music with others.
Music has the power to change the way we see ourselves. It gives us the courage to learn, make mistakes, and improve our skills in front of others. It teaches us break through shame and shyness in order to seize hold of experiences and opportunities.
Music can make us better leaders and collaborators. It opens our eyes to the power of community. It makes us the kind of people who can come together to produce something infinitely more beautiful than we are capable of creating on our own. It is proof that we are not alone.