1. Debbie Bond, 2012, 2. Vanessa Collier, 2018, 3. Teeny Tucker, 2020, 4. WBS board president Bruce Adams, DCS superintendent Phyllis Edwards, Teeny Tucker, and Emcee Gil Anthony, 2020
Blues in Schools is a free educational outreach program preceding the Wiregrass Blues Festival each year. Blues-in-Schools includes workshops and performances by accomplished blues musicians for local students. Thus far, we have successfully reached over 8,000 students, teachers, and parents. During the program, children learn about the progression and history of blues music in the American South. In addition to the performances, participating schools receive a gift of instrumentation or monetary support for their music departments.
In 2020, we presented another successful Blues-in-Schools program to over 1,200, 5th and 6th grade students from various Dothan City Schools (DCS). The program was held at the Dothan Civic Center, and it was lead by the Festival’s headliner Teeny Tucker and moderator, Gil Anthony.
Last year, we were happy to present the DCS system with a check for $3000 to buy instruments and supply other musical programming needs for Beverlye Intermediate School.
This year we hope to take it even further, by extending invitations to students all over the Wiregrass Area. This year the event will be held at the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, AL. It is by your sponsorship that we are able to keep the blues alive by educating our younger generations. What better way to do that than live performances at no charge to the student? All donations of any size are appreciated!
Click below for more images and a complete history of our Blues-in-Schools program: