Wade Fernandez is from the Menominee reservation in Keshena, Wisconsin. A professional musician and songwriter/composer who teaches a mixture of Menominee style and modern blues, rock, country, jazz, soul and folk music using native flute and guitar, hand drum, percussion, bass, keyboards, bouzouki, mandolin and the harmonica. He teaches native flute and guitar lessons at the Menominee Tribal School. He is honored knowing that many of his students have gone on to perform nationally. He says, "Healing though art is a gathering of peoples' emotions and in the release is the creation of art." He adds, "As artists we are not the healer or the crier. We are merely the instrument that tries hard to stay in tune...and when art is ready to heal we do not obstruct its path."
"Wade has a gentle, magnetic personality and draws people to him. He has developed an implausible relationship with our community and youth who not only respect him but who trust him and believe in him." - Shannon Chapman, nominator.