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Transportation and Lodging
Based on the availability of funds, the Blues Kids Foundation may award a specific amount of lodging and transportation scholarships for out-of-state student musicians (w/chaperones). Some parents may choose to secure transportation and lodging on their own. There is no tuition fee whatsoever for any of the student musicians invited to participate in Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp.


Permission Waivers & Medical Forms
Forms will be sent electronically to the parents/guardians of the participants. In order to enter into Blues Camp, in addition to passing the audition, these forms must be completed by the deadline set.


Traditional Ensemble Size(s)
    • 3 to 5 ensembles with 25 to 50 student musicians in total per camp. Chicago, 100 total.
    For example, 25 local / 15 to 20 national / 5 international student musicians.

    • 7 to 12 student musicians in each ensemble (depending on instrumentation, of course).












Ensemble Instrumentation (may include but not be limited to):

Drums and percussions, bass, 2 to 4 guitars (2 rhythm, 2 lead), 1 to 2 Keyboards, 1 to 4 horns, harmonica, a 4 to 8 piece string section and 3 to 4 vocalists.


Classroom/Ensemble Room Space Requirements

2 to 4 ensemble or multipurpose rooms w/backline gear (bass amp, 4 guitar amps, keyboard + amp, drum kit, 2 microphones + PA system in each room); 1 auditorium or main multipurpose room for the morning assembly.



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We support the arts and encourage our Blues Kids to go to college, whether or not they study music. Therefore, ideal locations for us to establish Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp(s) are on college campuses and/or performing arts centers.

Traditional Ensemble Size(s)
    • 2 to 3 ensembles with 20 - 25 student musicians. 
    For example, 15 local / 10 national / 5 international student musicians.


Sunday (Traditional)
3:00 PM   Kick-Off Picnic / Meet and Greet


Monday to Friday (Traditional)

8:00 AM     Healthy Morning Snacks

8:30 AM     Morning Assembly / Roll Call / Star Spangled Banner

8:45 AM     Morning Ensemble Sessions Start

11:15 AM   Morning Ensemble Sessions End

11:25 AM   Special Guest Visitor

11:40 AM   Lunch / Recess
1:00 PM     Dismissal


Photos by Glenn Kaupert

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