Music that builds community.

Great Bend Center for Music designs and offers research-based programs that help people use music to find common cause, nourish trust, and address community challenges.

Pod Squad members turn ripples into tidal waves!

Invest in an organization that harnesses music as a natural resource to make lasting change. Join now during our matching membership campaign to double your impact!

Free Online Early Childhood Music Program!

Sound Scholars™ is our no-cost online weekday music program for kids using an El Sistema-inspired model to teach music literacy and key skills to prepare kids for success in school and beyond.

Low-cost youth music classes

Great Bend’s High Key Kids’ classes have something for kids of all musical experience and interests — from vocal training for future rock stars, the ins-and-outs of soundboards to the rich world of video game music.

Happening ’Round the Bend

Upcoming classes, community events, and ensemble performances

For any community to thrive, a cacophony of interests, needs, goals, and dreams — of all its members — have to be brought into harmony.

For most of human history, this work has been accomplished not through outreach or social media, but through the arts. Yes, through great and famous works — but far more through things like campfire singing and community Christmas pageants.

That’s because arts-engaged community members are not only making art, but building vital community assets like pride, ownership, trust, and a sense of belonging.

Stories & Sounds

The latest news, ensemble performances, and musical inspiration

Keep Our Beat Steady: Join the Pod Squad!

Pod Squad members enjoy perks and discounted or free admission to everything we have to offer. It’s a fantastic deal for families or individuals and helps us meet the increasing need for our research-based programs!

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the yearly impact of all new or upgrading Pod Squad memberships will be matched up to a total of $50,000!

 That means the support you give by becoming a Pod Squad member now is worth twice as much to the families who will see immediate and lifelong benefits from our early childhood and youth music programs.

First Wave


  • You Keep Our Beat Steady & Help Make Our Programs Accessible to All!
  • Quarterly Newsletter & Annual Report
  • 15% Discount On All Fee-Based Programs
  • 15% Off Event & Concert Tickets

Second Wave


  • All First Wave Benefits, Plus:
  • Free Chorale and/or Youth Chorale Membership
  • Free Admission to All Fee-Based Programs
  • Free Event & Concert Admission

Third Wave


  • All First & Second Wave Benefits, Plus:
  • Advance Reservation Window and Priority Seating to All Events
  • Special Pod Squad Swag 
  • Acknowledgement in Annual Report