CANTON, OHIO (January 15, 2009) - After a successful inaugural year in 2008, 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. 5.


The 16-week Blues in Schools program, to be held at Kent State University Stark- will begin on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at 10 a.m. In addition to rehearsals and hands-on instruction, this year's program will also include education in music theory as it relates to the Blues genre.


Ideal candidates are 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 19 and 20. 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 except instruments.


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 include Kent State University Stark, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Terry's Tire Town, Dr. Gregg Elefterin and Rorick's Drywall.