Colorado Blues Society Mission Statement
The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).
Programs and Services Offered
To further our mission, we sponsor Blues in the Schools programs, in which musicians present music and information to students at all levels (kindergarten through college). We offer programs in American social history, women in blues, language arts, conflict avoidance, storytelling and even math.
We donate Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. Because many musicians learn to perform during jam sessions, we sponsor blues jams in many Colorado locations. We also work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Volunteers of America, Hudson Gardens, Swallow Hill Music Association, the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, and Performance International. Our members number approximately 600 and range in age from 17 to 75. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and culture of the blues.
We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Holler, and a weekly email blast, The Blues Update. The purpose of the newsletters and web site is to provide information to our members and the public about blues-related events in Colorado.
We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the blues as an art form.
The Colorado Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Every member is welcome at the monthly board meetings. They are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Radio Station KGNU 4700 Walnut Street Boulder, CO
Colorado Blues Society Officers and Board Members
Kyle Deibler comes to the CBS Board having served as the President of the Phoenix Blues Society for 8 years and a member of their Board for 10 years. A key volunteer at the national level for the Blues Foundation, Kyle has worked as a Venue Coordinator for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 12 years and continues to be in charge of the Handler crew for the Blues Music Awards for the last 11 years. Over the course of his 15 plus year involvement with the Blues, Kyle has actively produced and been involved with 10 Blues Festivals and well over 100 events in total.
Wolf has been a fan of Blues since shortly after The Big Bang, and has been actively involved in the Colorado Blues Scene since 2010. In addition to volunteering at numerous events, he writes CD and Concert Reviews (because he's outrageously opinionated) and does a weekly 3-hour Internet Radio Show. Wolf is honored to serve as a member of the CBS Board.
Previously a classic rock fan, Joe got hooked on the blues several years ago. For several years, Joe hosted annual blues concerts in his back yard featuring local solo/duo artists and bands. A highlight was the Blues Benefit Concert in 2012 which raised $5700 for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. Joe attended Board of Directors meetings for the last couple of years as a member learning the mission, programs, and operational aspects of the Society before joining the Board of Directors. Since 2012, Joe has judged several rounds of the local CBS IBC competitions that select CBS’ representatives to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Joe is currently an electrical engineer for Keysight Technologies. Arriving in Colorado in 1981 via California with a BSEE and MSM from Purdue University, Joe is a native Hoosier.
Scott is a shareholder with Shortridge, Fitzke & Hultquist. He practices in the area of commercial law, with an emphasis on litigation and real estate. He has also represented many non-profit, charitable and educational organizations as well as private and religious foundations. He also dabbles in entertainment law. Scott is actively involved in the community and volunteers for many organizations including Blue Star Connection, Urban Peak, Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Action Center, Food Bank of the Rockies and other homeless and hunger projects. He had a long involvement with Scouting. He is married and the father of two active college students. Prior to becoming Vice-President, he served CBS as President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Scott has been actively involved with CBS since 1998. Scott also served on the Board of Directors of Swallow Hill Music Association from 2007 to 2009. Scott is on the Blues Foundation Board of Directors, currently serving his first term.
Board of Directors
Daryl is pleased to join the Colorado Blues Society Board of Directors. His career background has been in banking and corporate finance at both mature companies and at start-up companies from inception through maturity. Daryl has lived in Colorado almost his entire life and likes to bike, camp and ski. And, of course, listening to the Blues! Daryl loves it here and is looking forward to contributing and helping CBS and introducing the Blues to others. Daryl would like to thank CBS members for their support. Daryl is starting his first term on the Board.
Kerry was born and raised in North Platte, NE. She moved to Colorado in 1976 with her two daughters. The daughters are all grown up now and she has been blessed with three grandchildren.
Kerry has been a blues fan for as long as she can remember and looks forward to working with the CBS Blues in the School program. She has always felt that her mission here was to introduce people to good music and feels that being a director for the Colorado Blues Society will help her in that regard. Kerry is starting her first term on the Board.
Peggy’s introduction to the Colorado Blues Society was in 2010 at the Pearl Street Blues Festival. “I attended with my 5 year old granddaughter Jordan. At the time she was carrying around a harmonica and playing it constantly. The headliner for this festival was Grady Champion, winner of the 2010 IBC. In the midst of Grady’s performance, he stopped playing his harmonica and invited little Jordan up to the stage to play with him. It was a memorable moment I will never forget. After her performance, a gentleman by the name of Jim Primock handed me a business card and said if I emailed him he would send me the pictures he took of her. In addition, Patti Cavallero took a video of the performance and put it on YouTube and also sent me a disk with the video on it.
Well…that was the beginning of my friendship and connection with people in the Colorado Blues Society. It has been a great connection for myself and my granddaughter right from the beginning.” She wasn’t raised on Blues, but it was mixed in with everything that she did listen to growing up in Minneapolis. Peggy believes Blues is the bedrock of most all music we listen to. “I am not one who can recite historical facts about Blues artists………I’m still learning! But I know what I love and I love the Blues. I would consider it a privilege to assist the Colorado Blues Society with sharing this genre with others, in whatever areas that I can.” If you are still wondering who the heck Peggy is, you may have seen or heard of her granddaughter, Jordan “Stixx” Jamison. She has evolved from the harmonica to playing the drums and can be seen at various festivals and Blues jams. Being able to share her love for music and in particular, Blues Music, has been wonderful and the Colorado Blues Society and Blues community has been supportive to her from day one. Peggy wants to be a part of this organization to help continue what CBS has already been doing and help to make it even better.
Sandee Lewin Nye
Sandee attended the University of CO, Boulder earning a BA in Fine Arts, Art Education and Sociology; taught Art in Longmont, Fredrick and Erie, CO for 2 years before going back to school to earn a Prof Photography Certificate in Miami, where she met her future ex-husband and was stuck in Heat Humidity and Hurricanes for the next 30+ years. The mother of 3 adult children who live around the world(!) she also earned a MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Nova SouthEastern Univ.
Sandee has been photographing the local and National Blues scene for over 15 years. (mostly in South FL – until she moved back to CO almost 2 years ago.) Her book South Florida has the Blues was published in 2008, which includes 40 pages of photographs, history and quotes from interviews. Future projects and collaborations are in the works.
Sandee is a lifetime member of the South Florida Blues Society. She joined the Colorado Blues Society (and Mile High) while still living in Florida before she moved here. She can honestly say that the people who love and support the BLUES are a FAMILY! Sandee is completely impressed with CBS, its board, members and the talent in our Blues community. She hopes to help the CBS to grow and continue to be the wonderful organization that it is in any way she is needed.
Jerrelyn started Loving music from a very early age. Her dad in particular was a music hound and always had Tommy Dorsey Glenn Miller and the new music of the day playing on the radio or phonograph. At about 11 to 12 years old she started listening to rock and roll. her friend's big Sisters were always playing that crazy music!
Moving into the sixties she became entranced by all the new music Beatles, Rolling Stones, you name it. She had the opportunity to see every show at the Family Dog in Denver except two. She Was always excited to meet the likes of Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton, BB King, Janis Joplin, too many to list. Upon graduation at 17 she took off for Haight-Ashbury and lived out the dream of a wild flower child. Once again getting to see all the great bands of the time.
She moved on to college and then started working for a Motown distributor in Denver. She went on to become a manager and buyer for two of the largest record stores in the tri-state Colorado area. Her interest in B/W photography started in the 60's. You will always see her near the stage clicking away at the band. Music has been in her life since the beginning and will be forever an intrical part of her history. Learning about all kinds of music is a true gift. Having friendships with many musicians locally and internationally is invaluable. She has stories!
After the golden years of living the music dream she went into Banking for the RTC shutting down insolvent financial institions. Moving to Seattle brought on a new career in sales and marketing with Starbucks then onto Boeing as a copy editor. Then back to Denver to take care of her ailing Mother. Many more adventures too numerous to list traveling the world!
Volunteering for Colorado Blues Society the Last 5 Years has been a joy. Giving back is also an integral part of her life. She also has been volunteering with the Colorado ovarian cancer Alliance the past 5 years as she is a survivor of two cancers for 8 years now. One thing she knows for sure is that Life is way too short, not to keep the beat.
For some time, Gary Guesnier has carried a Colorado Blues Society membership along with memberships in The Blues Foundation and the Mile High Blues Society. As an active member, he gives time and contributes resources in many ways. Gary’s experiences in professional arenas and the arts suitably support the CBS mission.
Since joining the CBS, Gary undertook participation in the Blues In The Schools program, membership solicitations, benefit events and festival merchandise vending. Additionally, he has judged local International Blues Challenge competitions that select CBS’ representatives to the IBC in Memphis. And he has facilitated ongoing CBS liaisons with Swallow Hill Music, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and the Beaver Creek Blues, Brews and Barbeque Festival. Further, he has served in several non-profit and cultural organizations including the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees.
Gary is an amateur harmonica player often sitting in with local blues bands and jammers. And he is a serious barbeque chef as the pitmaster for his former competition barbeque team, Sweet Mama. Gary has hosted back yard house concerts featuring blues musicians and his “Oooohh, Sweet Mama!” barbeque. Currently, he is member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the Rocky Mountain Barbeque Association and is a certified KCBS barbeque judge.
Gary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kansas State University where he also lettered in baseball. He is a four year US Air Force veteran who served in communications squadrons based at Tucson, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2014, Gary retired from a 40 year career in commercial banking and federal bank regulation as a Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. At times he held licenses as a private pilot, real estate broker and insurance broker. He moved to Colorado in 1981 and lives in Westminster, Colorado with his high-school sweet heart and wife of 50 years, Marjorie. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
I was born in New York and moved to Colorado in 1991. I was raised on music and dance, singing on jingles for 12 years and taking dance lessons for 16. My father formed the 50’s vocal group, The Mellow-Larks, and sang for many years, later owning a successful recording studio in NYC until his retirement. My mother was a NYC Rockette, Copa Girl, danced all over the world and taught dance until her retirement.
My career has taken me in a number of directions, starting out in advertising and marketing, then running a small manufacturing company for many years. Currently, I am a project coordinator and perform inside sales for an HVAC Rep Firm.
I was exposed to a wide genre of music from a young age. Blues has been the biggest part of my life for years which I share with my husband, Mike Servantes. We attend as many Colorado Blues Festivals, Local and National Blues Acts as possible and have sailed on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise since 2015. We actively donate to the Blue Star Connection.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with all of the CBS members!