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The Wichita Blues Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983 by a handful of blues lovers who wanted to revitalize the blues scene in the Wichita area. Since that time, membership has grown and the WBS is one of the oldest societies in the nation.

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B.I.T.S. Program

Blues In The Schools is an umbrella term used to describe a program that utilizes a classroom format to teach children about the Blues. Programs are not limited to schools or classrooms; they can be held anywhere.

Why Teach The Blues? The Blues is the first truly American music. With its roots in the deep South of the 1800s, it spread across the U.S., evolving based on the styles and preferences of the region, but always soulful and reflecting the human condition. From the acoustic blues of the front porch to the electrifying sounds of the Chicago Blues scene, it has been the major influence in jazz, rock and roll, and country western music. We can find common ground through the Blues.

WBS Membership

Become a Member! Membership Fees help keep the blues alive! Wichita Blues Society members are a delightfully diverse group of people who have a love and appreciation for the Blues. If you have any questions about how you can participate, send an email to to get more information.

One Year Memberships available starting at $20/year. Pick a plan that works best for you!



Event Information:

  • Mon

    Barrelhouse Piano and Kansas Blues

    6:30 pmStiefel Theatre 151 S. SANTA FE SALINA, KS

    June 5th from 6:30-8:30, the Mike Finnigan School of Music in Salina's Stiefel Theatre is hosting a workshop on Barrelhouse Piano. Pat O'Connor will take participants down the road to turpentine camps and railroad towns where the music originated.

    Attendees will learn the history of the style with examples from major influences, and the use of charts and exercises to come up with their own arrangements. Barrelhouse is a two-handed method of playing early jazz, ragtime, and blues.

    In addition, a brief history of Black music in Kansas will be touched on, showing the importance of African American performers in our state.

    Cost is $20 for a two-hour session.