BKCM Blues Band

Age: Adults

Type: Instrumental

Terms: Fall, Spring

Duration: 15 Weeks

Wednesday: 7:30 – 9:00pm

Class Size: 6

Price:  $675 / $338 with private lessons


Location: BKCM


In this ensemble, students play a variety of popular blues forms, scales, lyrics and performance styles connected to the blues. The repertoire follows the blues from the Fife and Drum era through Delta, Hill Country, and New Orleans to the eventual migration to places such as St Louis, Chicago and Texas. Students explore the rhythms, harmony and historical context of blues songs and learn a variety of regional styles such as Texas or Chicago blues. They’ll delve into the music of various artists such as Othar Turner, Rosa Lee Hill, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to name a few. Students will also try their hand at performing, writing and singing the blues. All instruments and voices are welcome.

Class Schedule
Taught by blues guitarist, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Mark Marshall, this class features weekly workshops for various instruments in addition to the ensemble rehearsal. Each Wednesday, Mark will lead a short masterclass on a specific instrument before the full band rehearsal. Masterclass schedule will be announced near the beginning of each semester.

7:30 – 8:00 pm (Masterclass)
8:00 – 9:00 pm (Ensemble Rehearsal)

If you have any questions if Blues Band is the right fit for you please contact the Community Music School Administrative team at cmsadmin@bkcm.org. The BKCM Blues Band performs once each semester and at community events and gatherings throughout the year. 

Fall Semester
September 13th to January 10th

Spring Semester
February 7th to June 5th

Registration Info

Please call 718-622-3300 to speak to one of our registrars who will guide you through the registration process and answer any questions you might have. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To apply please contact kris.mandapat@bkcm.org and fill out the financial aid application.

For complete information on our registration process and policies please click here.