What is Blues in the Schools?
In 1978, the City of Chicago public schools introduced the "Blues in the Schools" (BITS) program which is still going strong more than three decades later and has since spread around the world. Professional blues musicians are invited into schools to conduct classes on the history of the blues, famous blues musicians, different styles of blues, and how to write, sing and perform the blues.
The Loyal Blues Fellowship is proud to have such a program in place. First offered in 2005 in the Quinte region, we have offered several programs featuring, local blues musician Rick Fines and a volunteer staff comprised of fans, educators, and music professionals.
Rick Fines BITS workshop at Centennial Secondary
In 2008 Harrison Kennedy was the featured artist. The BITS programs are tailored to specific age groups, ranging from one-hour sessions for junior elementary classes to week-long "artist in residence" for senior students. The Loyal Blues Fellowship has been successful in providing "Blues in the School" to primary and secondary schools in both the public and separate school boards in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
How Can I Help?
Join the Fellowship and support our events. Monies raised through membership fees, live Blues shows, music workshops, the annual "End of Winter Blues" and "Frankford Island Blues" festivals, and corporate sponsorship all help to fund this great program.
How Can My School Participate in "Blues in the School" program?
To be put on the e-mail distrubution list for notices of upcoming "Blues in the School" sessions in the Quinte region please send and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include in message name of the school our child attends, grade and home room teacher
We would especially like to thank all the corporate sponsors for their continuing support of the "Blues in the Schools" program.
Media and Press about our program
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