CANTON, OHIO (January 24, 2010) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will again provide the “Blues in Schools” program to a select group of Stark County high school musicians. The Blues in Schools program is a blues education and performance program offered in conjunction with the annual Canton Blues Festival. The Chamber is actively seeking students interested in participating in this exciting musical opportunity. Applications are due by Feb. 12.
The 14-week Blues in Schools program, to be held in the Lower Level Lounge at Kent State University Stark, will begin on Saturday, March 13, at 10 a.m.  The weekly sessions are three hours in length and include rehearsals and hands-on instruction.
Ideal candidates are middle and high school students proficient in instrumental and/or vocal music who have an interest in and passion for the Blues genre. Participants will be considered for an on-stage performance in front of thousands at the Canton Blues Festival to be held in downtown Canton on June 18 and 19. 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
Sponsors of the program to date include Kent State University Stark, Dr. James and Mary Bowers and Phil and Nancy Sonner.