Passing bluegrass on to young cowboys


Dancing the Meltdown into the schools. As the San Juan String Band performs for students at St. Columba school Friday morning Smokey the Bear dances kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's Bluegrass in the Schools program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation. Enlarge photo

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Dancing the Meltdown into the schools. As the San Juan String Band performs for students at St. Columba school Friday morning Smokey the Bear dances kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation.

The 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown kicked off Friday with the "Bluegrass in the schools" program which brought festival talent to nine local area school. The festival which runs through Sunday features bluegrass music throughout various local venues by many local, regional and nationally recognized bluegrass bands.

Hands raised forthe Meltdown. St. Columba kindergartenl student Brett Hamer raises his hands with classmates during a performance of The San Juan String Band who was playing Blurgrass tunes for students at the school Friday morning kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Hands raised forthe Meltdown. St. Columba kindergartenl student Brett Hamer raises his hands with classmates during a performance of The San Juan String Band who was playing Blurgrass tunes for students at the school Friday morning kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation.

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Kicking off the Meltdown in the schools. Sally Zwisler a Biological Scientist with the San Juan National Forest, perfoms with the The San Juan String Band for students at St Columba school Friday morning kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald- DURANGO-04/20/12 Kicking off the Meltdown in the schools. Sally Zwisler a Biological Scientist with the San Juan National Forest, perfoms with the The San Juan String Band for students at St Columba school Friday morning kicking off this weekend's 18th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The band, made up of members of The National Forest Service performed as part of the Durango Meltdown's "Bluegrass in the Schools" program sponsored by the La Plata Electric Association Foundation.