THE DEREK RIETH PROJECT
FREE BEAT NATION
EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH MUSIC & DANCE
Derek was instrumental in building the Samba community in Portland. He inspired and taught many students who have gone on to have successful careers. He was infectiously passionate about including anyone and everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, and found ways to get instruments into their hands, often out of his own pocket.
He is mostly known to the world for his 18 years with Pink Martini, but to Portland he was a local hero in the music community, giving endlessly and tirelessly to helping others with their dreams. Ethos Music Center and Portland Public Schools are just two examples of benefiting from Derek's generous nature. He will not be forgotten, and the Project will carry on his legacy and his spirit.