Blues In the Schools

Blues artist Tony Blew of Ottumwa presents to the Fairfield Middle School seventh-grade band class April 18. The presentation was part of an inaugural project called ?Blues In the Schools,? sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society. Blew presented information on the history of the blues, engaged students in interactive lyrics, and performed a bit as well.

This guest visit was to spark the students? interest and act as a springboard for future lessons and clinics. The students are enthusiastically looking forward to Blew?s return to the classroom next fall, said FMS band teacher Mary Andersen.

For information about Southeast Iowa Blues Society, including a festival Aug. 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, visit the website