Our Big Fans

Clarence Clemons

Legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons was a big man, with an even bigger heart. He stood up for kids everywhere, regardless of their economic status. One issue that was dear to Clarence was keeping music alive in our nation’s most economically challenged public schools and he was a vocal advocate who gave generously of his time. From 2009 to 2015, Little Kids Rock proudly honored Clarence’s legacy by bestowing the “Big Man of the Year” award to a musical luminary or philanthropist whose contributions embody these same values. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Clarence Clemons himself.

“More than 50 percent of kids who play an instrument go on to college, yet music education programs at the inner city public schools who need them most continue to be hit hard with budget cuts,” Clemons once noted. “Little Kids Rock has responded to this problem in a really big way and made a positive impact on the lives of literally thousands of low-income students who wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity. I strongly encourage those who are in a position to do so to support their cause and spread the word about this inspirational program.”

Big Man of the Year Award Recipients