Twelve-year-old keyboard phenomenon Maxwell Friedman used to joke with the principal of his elementary school that she shared her office with him since he spent so much “reflection time” there. Discovering music and channeling his energy into the keyboard helped him turn things around. Friedman started playing piano 3-1/2 years ago and quickly took Central Oregon by storm. Friedman has played with musical heavyweights Karl Denson, ALO, and Michael Franti, and local favorites Elektrapod and Mark Ransom. A jazz-funk fusion band with Maxwell at the helm is currently in the works with help from Georges Bouhey, his longtime music teacher and mentor. Music is Friedman’s passion and sharing it with the world is his dream. Through making and sharing music, he serves as an ambassador for continued funding of the arts and inspiring kids to play music.