“Blues in Schools” Program Comes to Wiley Elementary
Students at Wiley Elementary received a special treat last Friday when local blues band, the Painkillers, performed at an all-school assembly. The performance was an introduction to Wiley’s after-school program, Blues in Schools, that begins this week.
Blues in Schools is a program created and sponsored by the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society. Their mission is to bring blues education to students in the area. At Wiley, in addition to the kickoff concert with the Painkillers, they are providing an after-school harmonica program to 15 students in grades 3, 4 and 5. During the program, students will learn how to play the instrument, learn about blues structure, and learn the history of the blues.
This is just one way the Blues Society is bringing the blues to schools. This summer, they are collaborating with the Blues, Brews and BBQs festival and will be offering sessions at the Orpheum Theatre on Blues in Schools.