CANTON, OHIO (January 16, 2011) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will again provide the “Blues in Schools” program and is seeking a select group of Stark County middle and high school musicians to participate. The Blues in Schools program is a blues education and performance program offered in conjunction with the annual Canton Blues Festival, and has become the premier Blues education program in Ohio. The Chamber is actively seeking students interested in participating in this exciting musical opportunity. Applications are due by Feb. 18. The 14-week Blues in Schools program, to be held in the Lower Level Lounge at Kent State University at Stark, will begin on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. Ample free parking is available adjacent to the facility. The weekly sessions include rehearsals and hands-on instruction. Ideal candidates are middle and high school students proficient in instrumental (guitar, bass, keyboard, harmonica or wind instruments) and/or vocal music. The program will conclude with an on-stage performance in front of thousands at the Canton Blues Festival, to be held in downtown Canton on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11. The Canton Blues Fest is the premier blues festival in the Northeast! Visit for details. The cost per student to participate in the program is $150, which includes all materials. Students must provide their own instruments for the program. Applications for consideration are available now by contacting Nancy Leffler, events manager at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, at (330) 458-2073 or