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Delta Blues Press Release

June 01, 2016



Summer camp for young musicians is an extension of the

Museum's award-winning Arts and Education program


[Clarksdale, Mississippi - May 31, 2016] - The Delta Blues Museum will host its first annual Guitar and Drum Camp from June 20 - 24th, 2016. Students from ages 9 - 18 will focus on lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums - interested students should already have a basic knowledge of their instrument of choice. The camp will begin on June 20, 2016 and end with a public performance on June 24, 2016 on the Museum stage. The camp hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon). Instructors include Walt Busby, John Holmes, Lee Williams and other special guests.

Museum director Shelley Ritter says the purpose of the Guitar and Drum Camp is to allow music students to gain more knowledge, expand their repertoire, build musicianship and receive professional advice from the expert teachers of the Museum's award-winning Arts and Education program. "We have clear learning objectives for this camp, to help students recognize ways that music and musicians are encountered in everyday life," Ritter offers, adding, "We want these young people to know various ways that people make music and be able to analyze the presence, use, and effect of music in everyday life." The goal is for guitar and drum students to be able to demonstrate beginning knowledge of a variety of music styles and also compare and contrast the qualifications for various musical careers.

Enrollment is limited - students will be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis, and each student will choose his primary ensemble class. The cost is $65 per student, which includes a t-shirt, breakfast, light snack and workshop materials. Students should bring their own guitars and drumsticks. If a drummer doesn't have their own sticks, they are available for purchase in the DBM gift shop.

Call the Delta Blues Museum (662) 627-6820 or stop by the Museum for more information and an enrollment form.

About the Delta Blues Museum

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's first and oldest music museum. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services-the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community-and a 2014 recipient of the National Arts & Humanities' Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. The Museum is also recognized as a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at

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Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.