The mission and purpose of the Shane Bailey Memorial Music Society (non-profit) is to provide funding, education, and other opportunities to help foster creative music and artistic expression. It is geared toward helping young people develop and hone their musical and creative skills. Activities include clinics, master classes, guest speakers, performances, open forums for songwriters, poets, and more. The Society also provides musical instruments for students in need.
Shane Bailey grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was a young man of rare talents. A consummate drummer, competent in all styles. A highly creative songwriter, a gifted poet and master wordsmith. He was a quiet soul and a deep thinker who followed his passion in all of these arenas.
He began playing drums at age 3, and became a professional drummer at age 13. Throughout his teens he performed with a number of bands and did studio work. He performed for various University of Arkansas jazz groups, where he was able to tour major cities. As a song writer, he was involved with many projects. His “9/11 rap video” generated 500,000 hits on You Tube in just 10 days. His resume as a musician and songwriter is rather extensive, and is posted on this site.
Shane had a deep compassion for young musicians who aspired to excel. He especially reached out to those who lacked the resources needed to pursue their dreams and goals, and those who didn’t fit society’s concept of “the norm”. He saw promise in young people who thought and acted differently than others…..those who stood out as “unusual”. He related to and seemed to understand them, because that’s how many people viewed him.
Shane’s life was cut short in his prime. On June 15th, 2013, he suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. He was only 25 years old. He left behind a legacy of music, poetry, and creative projects. In honor of his legacy, The Shane Bailey Memorial Music Society was founded. It is a non–profit organization whose purpose is to provide funding, education, and other opportunities to help foster creative music and artistic expression. It is geared toward helping young musicians (teens & 20s) develop and hone their musical and artistic skills.
About Shane Bailey
Shane Bailey grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was a young man of rare talents. A consummate drummer, competent in all styles... more