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Private Foundation Brings Music to Mid-Missouri Schools

Do you believe that music in an important part of child’s education? One mid-Missouri organization does, and it’s making an impact on students in our state.

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Foundation has partnered with a program called Blues in the Schools to bring blues music to mid-Missouri students.

“Schools are cutting back on music and art and a lot of other areas which we feel are very important for children,” says Steve Sweitzer of Thumper Entertainment. Thumper Entertainment, producer of Roots N Blues N BBQ. “Blues in the Schools program fills that need.”

Blues in the Schools began at Grant Elementary School in Columbia in 2007, and has since expanded to reach 12 mid-Missouri elementary schools. Blues in Schools hopes someday to expand its program to reach fourth graders across the state.

The program teaches fourth graders about the origins, history and traditions of blues music through first-hand instruction from award-winning musicians. An artist in residency program even brings a professional musician into the classroom to teach students class blues songs and help them write their own blues song.

The highlight of Blues in the Schools is that the fourth graders in mid-Missouri who participate in Blues in the Schools get to perform blues music live at the Blues N Blues N BBQ Festival, which draws more than 50,000 fans each year.

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