We are really looking forward to playing at The Waiting Room Lounge on Sunday, Aug. 5th for the 2018 Season Finale of BluesEd!
Senior Spotlight! Throughout the BluesEd season, we will be introducing our students that are seniors! Today we are featuring Bryn Groenjes, the keyboardist for Far&Wide Blues!
Name :Bryn Groenjes
High School: Elkhorn High School
BluesEd Band/Position: Far and Wide Keyboardist
College/Major: Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at UNO
How long in BluesEd: 6 Years in Blues Ed
How long have you been playing: playing for 13 years
Favorite Blues Ed workshop song: Stormy Monday
Favorite Blues Artist: Bruce Katz
Favorite Blues Ed Moment: Playing at RAGBRAI in Iowa, because the crowd was really energetic, we played really well, and overall had a fantastic time.
Hobbies outside of Blues Ed: Artist, reading, biking
Shout out to Montez of 961 Kiss Online at iHeartRadio for the wonderful podcast with several members of the BluesEd Leadership Team. We had a great day discussing what makes BluesEd so unique and how talented students can get involved in BluesEd. We would encourage any student who wants to expand their talents to check out the BluesEd program at our BluesEd Benefit Concert on Sunday at The Slowdown.
In this first segment, Trudy discusses the beginnings of BluesEd and how it has evolved.
In this segment, Susie and Chris discuss Blues music and the accolades the BluesEd program has received.
Want to be in a BluesEd band? In this segment we discuss the audition process and the professional musician mentors for BluesEd.
The following segment BluesEd Leaders discuss:
In this segment, we discuss the impact being in a BluesEd band has on the students lives:
BluesEd has "graduated" over 200 students in the past 17 years. Many students have gone on to major in music in college and perform with their own bands now.
In this final segment,
Senior Spotlight! Throughout the BluesEd season, we will be introducing our students that are seniors! Today we are featuring Erik Strickland, the keyboardist for Mannix!
Name: Erik Strickland
High School: Lincoln East High School
BluesEd Band/position: Keyboard Player-mannix
College/Major: University of Nebraska- Lincoln: Fisheries and Wildlife Science
How long in BluesEd: 1st year
How long have you been playing: 14 Years
Favorite BluesEd workshop song: Mojo
Favorite Blues Artist: I would say I really enjoy the Doobie Brothers!
Favorite BluesEd moment: I just love being able to be with my band and do gigs with them!
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: I am a classical musician, mainly piano but also string bass. I compose and also study fish and ocean life. I have at times participated in bowling leagues and hope to join the UNL bowling team. In the end I just love seeing my friends as well.
Name: Jacob Clarys
High School: Elkhorn High School
BluesEd Band/position: Trumpet Player for Far and Wide
College & Major: Double majoring in Jazz Performance and Business Administration at UNO
How Long in BluesEd: This is my second year
How long have you been playing? A little over 8 years
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: The Thrill is Gone
Favorite BluesEd moment: my first gig with the band
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: running, lifting, going to movies and finding new restaurants.