２００３年に開始した、当記念館のBluegrass in the Schools（BITS）プログラム（学校におけるブルーグラス教育）は、まったく新しい世代のブルーグラス・ミュージシャン育成に貢献しています。バンジョー、マンドリン、ギターやフィドルを各々が手にすることにより、若者達と彼等/彼女等の文化的伝統との間に、直接的で意義深い関係が醸成されます。
At any given time, several hundred residents of all ages take part in our Saturday Lessons Program, which outfits every student with an instrument on free loan and provides modestly priced group lessons given by professional bluegrass instructors at the museum every other Saturday from early October through ROMP, the museum's annual bluegrass festival at the end of June. The band formed by participants in this program is called The Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars. This mega-group performs each year at ROMP and other community events. Last year they surprised the 65 Pioneers of Bluegrass who were onstage for their Recognition Ceremony ... the AllStars had been hiding, sitting in the dark on the floor all across the back and down the aisles of Cannon Hall. When all the Pioneers were onstage at once, they rose in a sea of blue t-shirts to play and sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". The audience sang along, and at the end of the songs, the legends gave the AllStars a standing ovation. The AllStars were so excited they ran from the hall, instruments held high, shouting, "Ohmygosh, can you believe it?? We just got a standing ovation from the Legends!!"
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by on a Saturday and see all this energy and excitement for yourself. And if you'd like to learn how to play bluegrass music, sign up in September for the next semester.
If you have questions, or would like to sign up your school for a bluegrass music performance, send an email to BITS Coordinator Randy Lanham.
The following BITS donors help make these programs possible.
Thank you for your support!
Kentucky Arts Council
The Lester E. Yeager Charitable Trust
Daviess County Public Schools
The Michael E. Horn Family Foundation
The John D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts
Owensboro Public Schools
Owensboro Catholic Schools
Heritage Christian School