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Walla Walla Blues Society

Walla Walla Blues Society

The first “Blues in the Schools” program was started by Legendary Chicago blues musician Billy Branch over 16 years ago in Chicago. It is now a nationally recognized program whose success has inspired blues societies across the nation to create their own versions. The success of this program has been due in large part to corporate, small business and private sponsorships, as well as community involvement.

Through the “Blues in the Schools” program local and national musicians perform live in Walla Walla schools to educate young people on the background of the Blues with the hope that more of them will become interested in music. This program provides the Society an exceptional opportunity to introduce this music to ensure that this uniquely American art form remains alive.


Blues in the Schools Program


The “Instruments for Kids” program loans instruments to children that may not otherwise be able to purchase a musical instrument. The Society purchases and seeks donations of working or easy-to-repair instruments from the Walla Walla community. The Society also purchased amplifiers and guitars for its loaner program.  The Society works in cooperation with the Walla Walla Symphony’s Loaner Program.

See highlights of Instruments for Kids:

Instruments for Kids Program


For the past seven years, the Society has been involved with Rock Camp.  Children are provided with their choice of instrument, coached by local professional musicians on their instrument, given voice coaching and participate in a live performance. In collaboration with the Walla Walla Symphony, Rock Camp is held the last week of July at Lincoln High School.

See the highlights of 2014 Rock Camp:  


Our mission is to increase the awareness of and appreciation for America’s original and unique musical form known as “The Blues”.

Through educational programs for youth and promotion of live events within our community, we are dedicated to keeping in touch with our American musical heritage.