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"The kids are continuing to practice-they LOVED it!" - S. Flasowski, Principal

"Those gentlemen did an amazing job!" - A. Pilger, Superintendent

Harmonica Blues and Beyond In The Schools

Welcome to, home of the Harmonica Blues and Beyond in the Schools program. The brainchild of two Austin, Texas based professional musicians - harmonica player and composer, Jose Ruiz, and vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell - BluzSkool is the moniker of a their performance program which brings a fun, dynamic and interactive musical "clinic" to elementary and middle school aged children in often under-served communities. Jose and Woody encourage an exploration of music that begins with simple lessons on the harmonica in your school auditorium, gymnasium, classroom or conference room. But, BluzSkool propels beyond that harmonica lesson to include on-stage participation, singing, dancing and a highly charged improvisational performance atmosphere that helps develop self confidence, as well as, the courage to be creative and to "think outside the box". It is the goal of Jose and Woody to help inspire a love of creative expression, be it musical or otherwise.
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Woody Russell Joins Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster 

JUNE 27 2016

Woody Russell was recently named an official artist on the Texas Commission of the Arts, Texas Touring Roster.

The Texas Touring Roster features some of the state’s best artistic talent and is designed to ensure that all Texans may enjoy events and performances by these artists in their local communities. 

Texas Touring Roster artists have been deemed the "best in their field" by a panel of statewide experts, makes these artists attractive to a variety of presenters, including schools, festivals, theaters and other venues.

What this means for presenters interested in booking a BluzSkool event is that they may apply for grant money to help offset performance costs at schools, libraries and more via the TCA Arts Respond Performance Support Program; a simple grant application.

BluzSkool Returns to Schulenburg 

JUNE 16 2016

BluzSkool jammed at Schulenburg Elementary with students enrolled in the summer school program. A lot of "Creative Courage" on display with beatboxers, singers, and percussionists joining Woody and Jose on stage. Thank you students for bringing your talents and "Creative Courage" to the BluzSkool stage!

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BluzSkool in Schulenburg Elementary

Schulenburg, TX



Flatonia Elementary, Flatonia, TX

Jose and Woody bring another exciting Bluzskool program to the kids at Flatonia Elementary. Creative Courage here we come!


BluzSkool in La Grange


BluzSkool in Round Top/Carmine


BluzSkool in Fayetteville


BluzSkool at Schullenburg Elementary



BluzSkool at Weimar Elementary


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