Grand County Blues Society presents:
Blues In The Schools
The GCBS has been a pioneer in the realm of Blues in the Schools. Under the leadership of board member Maria Chavez, all of the school-age kids in Grand County have been immersed in the blues. Not only have they been entertained by the all the programs that have come their way, they have been on the stage, creating their own “bluesical” and giving performances on the festival stages over the years.
The program is a necessity for any self-respecting blues society, but the GCBS has taken the kids very serious and have spent countless hours teaching them about the art form.
The GCBS brought long time Colorado bluesman and educator Dan Treanor (left) in from the start. Known as the “blues guy” by Grand County youth, Dan has spent many hours with the kids now. They have grown up with his stories of the origin of the blues.
The GCBS has also brought Michaela Rae Knox in when she was just a ten-year-old. She wowed the young girls and boys and became a role model for some. We think she might have given her first autographs at the Fraser Library.
The Saskatoon Blues Society couldn't have said it any better, “Music education enables students to interact with sound, simultaneously engaging mind, body, and spirit. Through creating, performing, and listening to music, students experience the ways in which music evokes and conveys thoughts, images, and feelings. Music education makes a valuable and unique contribution to students' intellectual growth, and integrates intellectual and emotional development. Shared experiences in music significantly contribute to the development of a healthier society through activities that respect and reflect the diversity of human experiences. Music education enables all learners to explore, create, perceive, and communicate thoughts, images, and feelings through music. These experiences are unique and essential, and make a significant contribution to learners' lifelong development as educated citizens.”
“Music education enables students to interact with sound, simultaneously engaging mind, body, and spirit.”
—The Saskatoon Blues Society
We have been creating cigar box guitars with the kids for the past three years and our friend JP Soars, master of the instrument and great inspiration to the kids has come all the way from Florida to help assemble and teach the kids how they are played. This has been one of the more exciting programs we have done. You can see the video on our website, remember, the GCBS is always there to seed other organizations if called upon. We are only a few years from graduation of our first ever “BITS” students. There is nothing we are prouder of! As we find out every year,” you’re never to young to have the blues!
The BlTS is funded by donations and grants. Without these funds, the Blues in Schools would not be possible. If you are interested in joining the fun and providing a Tax Deductible Donation for financial support for our BITS program, please click the “Donate Today” button at the top of the sidebar. All donations are tax deductible. We are a 501c3 organization.
You can help our Blues In the Schools program with your tax deductible donation. Just click the link above! (Just put “Blues In the Schools Program” in the comments section). Thank you!
Above: Grand County Blues Society visits the Fraser Valley Elementary School to build cigar box guitars — one of many activities taking place during Blues In The Schools Week in Grand County, Colorado.
Above: JP Soars and John Catt discuss the BITS cigar box program at Fraser Valley Elementary School during Blues In The Schools Week!