By Mary E. B. Perry

On Dec. 9,  from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Desert Sands Educational Foundation will host a community event on the grounds of the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden, CAMFest (Children’s Art and Music Festival). CAMFest proceeds will be used to enhance art and music programs for children in the DSUSD.

Members of the community are invited to come out and enjoy a day on the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, while listening to and enjoying the various musical groups from District Sands Unified School District schools. Four stages will be set up at the site with a full day of musical entertainment taking place. Three of the stages will feature our student performers—choir, bands, soloists, combos, etc. The third stage will be host to professional musicians and bands from across Southern California.


(Illustration courtesy of Desert Sands Unified School District)

The day will culminate with a headliner performance by Nathan East ( East has worked with such legendary performers as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, and Stevie Wonder. His range of performances has found him recording with artists as diverse as Andrea Bocelli and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. He is a 2016 AFME Music Award recipient and has performed on the Grammy Awards broadcast. He will be joining us just days after completing a tour with Fourplay. Performing with him will be his 16-year-old son Noah.

In addition to the celebration of music, there will be visual arts displays highlighting work from our local school children. As the event will be during the holiday season, we will feature a holiday raffle for your chance to win fabulous gift basket prizes. Food and beverage vendors will be on site for your convenience. All proceeds will be directly returned to the students of Desert Sands Unified School District in the form of grants.

For further information, you may contact the Desert Sands Educational Foundation at 760-609-4633, or via email at We look forward to seeing you at this community event. Check out our email at

Art, Music Fest Set For Indian Wells Tennis GardenMary E. B. Perry is the Public Information Officer for the Desert Sands Unified School District.

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