Carl Cole and Crossroads Blues Society visit Byron Middle School

Crossroads Blues Society brought the talented “Mr.C” Carl Cole to Byron Middle School for three great Blues In The Schools sessions on Friday, Feb. 24.

BYRON — Crossroads Blues Society brought the talented “Mr.C” Carl Cole to Byron Middle School for three great Blues In The Schools sessions on Friday, Feb. 24. Three class periods, one each for seventh, eighth and then sixth grade students, were spent learning about Blues music and participating in fun, character-developmental music sessions.

Crossroads President Steve Jones introduced each of the three programs with a short history of the Blues and how the Blues evolved into all the different forms of American popular music we have loved over the years. Then it was Mr. C’s turn. He played and sang songs that delivered positive messages that allowed the kids to sing and dance along. The songs not only gave them an appreciation of the Blues but also an appreciation of being positive and working together.

Carl champions the Young Eagles Success (YES) Club, an effort with Rockford and Freeport students to build self-esteem, promote citizenship and working together. Crossroads has conducted Blues In The Schools programs since 2002 to teach students about the Blues and has now done over 800 programs for more than 104,000 students. The sessions were part of celebrating Black History Month for both Carl Cole and Crossroads Blues Society. These Crossroads BITS programs are provided to schools free of charge. Both Carl and Crossroads have websites you can find with a quick search on your web browser on your computer or telephone.