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KTBA Donates Classroom Ukuleles to Elementary Music Program

Fairfield, TX – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive donated a classroom set of ukuleles to students at Fairfield Intermediate School!

“We live in a small community in Central-East Texas,” Mrs. Bossier explained. “It is classified a culturally deprived area because of our remote location to theaters, museums, cultural events, etc. We strive to bring that type of programming to our students.”

Fairfield Intermediate is a Title I public school with just enough funding to support the curriculum of the core subjects.  In spite of this setback for arts and music education funding, the school had never lost hope in finding resources to support the creative energy exerted by its students.

“For the past few years, we have passed my four ukuleles between campuses to interested ukulele students. It [caught] on so quickly in our culturally deprived world. Students watched wishfully at the few that got to touch the ukuleles,” she said.

After seeing the tremendous impact the ukuleles had on the students and the energy that came from the few available, Mrs. Bossier decided it was time to make a change.

“With a class set, we could truly produce great music, inspire children, curb behavior, expose richness, peek into another world, throw aside our stigmas, and become more!  Sharing my four personal ukuleles, they have learned G, F, C, Em and have performed songs such as You Are My Sunshine, Has Anybody Seen my Kitty, and Octopus’ Garden for the student body, in shifts, one quartet at a time.”

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, these students will receive 21 brand new ukes to practice the basics of music theory, rhythm and melody.

Mrs. Bossier expresses her gratitude and excitement:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

I am speechless, shocked, ecstatic! Oh my. I have been trying to make this happen for so long, and limped along with my four tired ukuleles, stolen from my daughters. I have already planned our Ukulele camp and school classes. I have teens wanting to help mentor the younger ones. Our community will come to LIFE….you just wait to see what we can show you!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Bossier

Every week, Keeping the Blues Alive makes a donation to a music program in need. To help us fund next week’s project click here!

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