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Cigar-Box guitar projects support Blues in the Schools

Special to the Sky-Hi NewsGrand County CO Colorado

On Feb. 9, The Grand County Blues Society Blues In The Schools Program hosted an Electric Cigar-Box Guitar Building Workshop.Thirteen guitars were given previously to Fraser Elementary School for students to design with their own bluesy creation and imagination. With the help of the BITS team of Maria Chavez , John Catt and Gary Key and National Recording Blues Artist J.P. Soars and the RedHots, the Fraser Elementary 4th- and 5th-grade classes added E & G strings to the 13 cigar-boxes and pick-ups, making them electric. Students enjoyed a high energy assembly afterwards where they were shown how to play the cigar boxes and were taught the history of why the cigar-boxes were originally built.”The students’ faces lit up after they heard the guitars they had just built played through the amplifier,” said Maria Chavez, director of The Blues In The Schools. “Then, on their own, they started singing the Hippo “Call and Response” Blues Song we’ve taught them over the past several years. It truly was a magical moment and a great feeling knowing that our blues education really does resonate in our local kids.”As part of the fundraising effort for the Blues In The Schools program, these locally hand-crafted electric cigar-box guitars are being displayed for auction at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center in Fraser until Sunday, Feb. 19. Starting bid on each guitar is $50 with the Buy Now option of $125. (Please note: A Rec Pass is not needed to view or bid on the guitars).If there are any remaining guitars, they will be available for bid at the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Blues Show on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Smokin’ Moe’s. All proceeds will fund the Grand County Blues In The Schools Program. Thank you everyone who believes in the Blues and keeping the blues music alive in Grand County. And special thank you to Lori Ouray and Lindsay England of Fraser Valley Elementary for their continued support.If you have any questions on the guitars or BITS program, contact Blues In The Schools Director Maria Chavez at 303-921-3316 or

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