School of Blues - Keeping the Blues Alive
School of Blues Director: BJ Estares
PPBC School of Blues is a non-profit, youth-artist development program sponsored by the Pikes Peak Blues Community with the mission, “Keeping the Blues Alive.” The School of Blues program has been created to provide opportunities for middle and high school aged musicians to play with other students in a performance band format. Through Blues Boot Camp workshops, led by professional musicians, School of Blues students will learn to perform a repertoire of blues music, along with learning the art of improvisation and solos. Workshops will focus on the methodology of rehearsals, techniques of jamming, on-stage communication, stage presence and performance. Student bands will have multiple performance opportunities at PPBC jams, concerts, festivals and events in and around Colorado Springs.
School of Blues is a non-profit program that relies heavily on parent volunteerism in order to keep down costs. Parents are encouraged to participate by volunteering at events, performances and fundraisers. Further questions can be emailed to the program’s director at firstname.lastname@example.org