Reeds & Keys, a Milwaukie-based classical-jazz-contemporary duo, hosts a public performance Saturday, March 1, with students from the jazz and symphonic band programs to benefit Rex Putnam High School music education.

North Clackamas School District band directors by day, professional musicians by night, Reeds & Keys features Jeff

Wilson and Kevin Winston. Their finale plans a “mash-up instant concert” in which the directors will demonstrate their ability to play every band instrument in a frenzied medley of popular tunes.

An NCSD teacher for more than 18 years, Wilson is the Alder Creek Middle School and Rex Putnam band director. His friend and colleague Winston is band director at Rock Creek Middle School and orchestra director at Alder Creek. Winston and Wilson met at church and started Reeds & Keys a few years ago.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: RENE' ORMAE-JARMER - North Clackamas School District band directors Jeff Wilson and Kevin Winston joined to form Reeds & Keys, which will perform at Rex Putnam High School on March 1.“These dedicated educators are superheroes of our local community and are putting their talents to work earning sorely needed funds to help bolster Rex Putnam,” said René Ormae-Jarmer, Rex Putnam Kingsmen Thunder drum-line director. “Despite ongoing research and evidence that music education enhances the academic side of K-12 education, teachers, programs and access to instruments have continued to be on the chopping block of public education across the nation.”

With district support, the Rex Putnam High School Music Boosters ( hope to fill in the gaps left by music cuts felt over the past 30 years in public schools.

RPHS has a shortage of $4,000 for tubas, $5,000 for baritone saxophones, $7,000 for bassoons and scholarship funding for low-income students.

Get your $8 tickets at the door ($5 students/seniors), starting at 6:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments and “dessert-apalooza” will be available for purchase during intermission at Rex Putnam’s auditorium, 4950 S.E. Roethe Road.

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