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Blues in the Schools at Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell

Blues in the Schools at Canyon Springs High School in CaldwellBITS

Review by Ken Harris

On February 18, The Boise Blues Society showed up bright and early for “Blues In The Schools” at Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell.  We were there for 3 classes: Guitar, Choir, and Jazz Ensemble

Our presenters were:

Ken Harris-piano, harmonica, vocals
Mike Witmer-bass
Leif Skyving-harmonica,slide guitar
Bob Peters-drums
Carmel Crock-vocals
Marv Jonesi-guitar
Phil Garonzik-tenor sax
Jack Gardner-trumpet
Ron Gardner-videographer

In the Guitar class, after the band played 2 introductory songs, Marv demonstrated a series of simple guitar licks that the students all practiced on their individual guitars.  Then Leif gave a slide guitar presentation and invited two students up to give it a try on a second slide guitar he had brought.

For Choir, the band played a blues song and Carmel got out in the midst of the students, had them all stand up and then got them to sing some simple blues riffs in 3 part harmony.  Several students also tried some scat singing with the band.

In the Jazz Ensemble, the students split up for individual instruction with Bob, Phil, Jack, Ken and Mike to work on their parts on “Watermelon Man.” Jack did double duty working with two student trumpeters. At class’s end, all the students and presenters played “Watermelon Man” together.

We look forward to returning to Canyon County soon!

For information on bringing “Blues In The Schools” to YOUR school, FREE OF CHARGE, call Ken Harris at #440-4590.

Video: ‘Blues in the Schools’ rocks Treasure Valley students by Michael Deeds

Video: ‘Blues in the Schools’ rocks Treasure Valley students by Michael Deeds

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Michael Deeds of the Idaho Statesman

In 2006, the nonprofit Boise Blues Society launched “Blues in the Schools,” an outreach program to teach kids about blues music.

But in recent years, the Society has found schools less receptive. Why? President Ken Harris isn’t sure. Tighter curriculums, perhaps?

To read more visit the Idaho Statesman link HERE.

Here’s video from a BITS session on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell.  Video by BBS Board Member, Ron Gardner.