Our Blues in the Schools programming is so important. With budgets being cut and music programs dwindling, we feel it is more important than ever to offer this program. We bring in musicians to schools – K-12, and let the kids experience different instruments, learn what they are and the sounds they make. The older children benefit not only from using the instruments, but learning the history of blues music and how its story relates to Wisconsin. Our scholarship program, in the past, has issued over $2000 to students in music studies in college, and to seniors that want to take private lessons outside of school. We have also donated to local music parents groups to help purchase needed instruments.
Our Senior Blues programming is another free community service we offer. Studies show music triggers memories and in elders with dementia, this can be soothing. We provide music in a skilled nursing and/or assisted living environment. We have seen first hand the benefits, and have had thank you notes from family members sent to us thanking us for “reaching” their parent! It has been a very rewarding program, and we hope to continue this for years to come.
Blues for the cure has raised nearly $15,000 for women in Wisconsin that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Our fundraisers help with medical bills and living expenses while going through treatment. Our latest Blues for the Cure was held on October 15, 2016 in Port Washington. We supported 26 year old Rachel. We raised nearly $6,000.00 for her that night