Check Out our Music Education Program
The GCBS has been a pioneer in the realm of blues music education. School-age kids across Grand County are lucky to 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.
Not only does the GCBS provide these fun activities and education but they also supplement the district by providing musical instruments for classroom use.
The GCBS has funded all this by your donations and grant partnerships. No school has ever had to pay for any of the visiting artists or activities.
Check Out our Library Program
In 2006, the Grand County Blues Society (GCBS) partnered with the Grand County Library District (GCLD) in order to get instruments into the hands of young people displaying an interest or affinity for music. This began the endearing “Check Out the Music Program.” Through this program, folks throughout Grand County could borrow instruments from their local library, using their library card. Acoustic guitars, electric and bass guitars with amplifiers, keyboards, youth-size guitars, drumsticks and drum pads were donated by GCBS to Grand County libraries and were available to the public—for FREE!
The popularity of the Check Out the Music (COTM) program grew daily as word was spread about it. With that popularity came some great triumphs: