Grand County, keeping the blues alive
To the Editor:
I just wanted to send thanks to Lori Oury and Fraser Valley Elementary School for their constant support of the Grand County Blues Society’s (GCBS) Blues In The Schools (BITS) program. The program is designed to bring in local, regional and national blues artists into Grand County and the school system to educate students and adults about the origins of blues music and to keep music alive in the hearts of all ages.
With school budget cuts all across the nation, GCBS has made it our goal to help with the “arts” in the Grand County classrooms. We are able to fund these programs through donations, sponsorships and grants, including grants from the Grand Foundation and from our Grand County commissioners.
Over this past year, we are extremely pleased that students ranging from the Fraser Learning Center to high school levels have become even more involved with our BITS programs. These programs include involvement with the 2008 Mary Jane Parade Blues Float, The Shining Stars/Blue Star Connection events, the Middle Park High School BITS blues band called “The Runaways,” students taking advantage of our award-winning program “Check Out The Music,” utilizing our free guitar lessons in Grand County libraries, and now the Fraser Valley Elementary “Bluesical.”
We give hats off to Lori Oury and all of Fraser Valley Elementary School for embracing the blues and utilizing the BITS program to help create the blues opera, the “Bluesical.” It makes blues music electric and participatory for the kids, and turns the blues music into community event. Thank you for adding kindling to the blues flame, keeping the blues flame high.
Also, I’d like to give special thank you to local musician Yaniv Salzberg who has helped graciously with the BITS program and the “Bluesical.” We greatly appreciate his willingness to share his musical talents with our kids.
Director of the Blues In The Schools
Grand County Blues Society
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.
Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.
If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
A COVID-19 outbreak at East Grand Middle School has led to online learning for the entire sixth-grade class.