Colorado Blues Society Mission Statement
The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to preserving Blues heritage and 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 also donate Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. We similarly work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Swallow Hill Music Association, The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Blue Star Connection and The Colorado Music Business Organization.
Our members number approximately 600. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and embrace the art and literature of the Blues culture. We publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Holler, and a weekly email blast, The Blues Update. The purpose of the newsletters, web site and social media platforms is to provide our members and the public information about Blues-related news and events in Colorado.
CBS created the John Alex-Mason Scholarship Fund to help send student-age musicians to workshops and seminars to further their Blues music education. We sponsor youth performances where young blues performers can be seen making music on the “Blues 101 Stage”. Here kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn about the music which is part of their national heritage and the basis for present-day popular music.
We honor those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions. Over time, CBS has honored Blues musicians and outstanding contributors with Lifetime Achievement Awards, Heritage Awards, In Memoriam or other special recognitions.
We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the Blues as an art form.
Date of most recent review by the Board of Directors: June 12, 2018
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Colorado Blues Society Officers and Board Members
President and Director
National volunteer, concert/artist coordinator, IT, education, history and administration.
Kyle Deibler comes to the CBS Board having served as the President of the Phoenix Blues Society for eight years and a Board member for ten 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 sixteen years and continues to be in charge of the handler crew for the Blues Music Awards. In 2017, The Blues Music Foundation honored Kyle with its prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Award as a person whose behind-the-scenes work was so important to the Blues world. Over his many dedicated years to the Blues, Kyle has produced and nurtured many blues festivals and well over one-hundred music connected activities. His most recent creation showcased a lineup of noted women performers in a concert to benefit the Women of the Blues.
Robert "Wolf" Perlman
Vice President and Director
Knowledge of blues music, festival operations, radio airing, education and history.
Robert “Wolf” Perlman is a lifetime fan of Blues music and has been a fixed accessory on the Colorado blues scene since 2010. Wolf critiques artists and songs using his distinctive personal perspective to opine on CDs, shows and concerts. Wolf originates a weekly three-hour Internet Radio Show. In addition to frequently volunteering at festivals and musical happenings, Wolf spearheads managing the CBS membership pool for an array of activities needing helpers. Wolf’s commitment for fostering the Blues genre is particularly directed toward fledgling musicians.
Treasurer and Director
Money and banking, administration, program coordination.
Joe Menke is currently an electrical engineer for Keysight Technologies who arrived in Colorado in 1981 with a BSEE and MSM from Purdue University. Previously a classic rock fan, Joe got hooked on the Blues. Early on, Joe attended the CBS Board of Directors meetings learning its mission, programs, and operations. Since joining the CBS Board in 2012, Joe’s business know-how and organizational insights have been applied to the organizations’ fiscal management, inventory records, budgeting and financial discipline. Further, Joe has judged band and solo /duo artists’ competitions that qualify performers through CBS sponsorship for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Joe’s community care plays out as the organizer of annual blues concerts in his back yard featuring local solo/duo artists and bands. A highlight was the blues benefit concert in 2012 that raised $5,700 for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
Secretary and Director
General counsel, governance, artist and industry network, compliance, finance.
Scott Fitzke is a shareholder with Shortridge, Fitzke & Hultquist, P.C., a law firm in Englewood, Colorado. He practices in the area of commercial law, with an emphasis on litigation and real estate as well as some entertainment law. Also, he has represented various non-profit, charitable and educational organizations in addition to private and religious foundations. Scott’s community involvement and volunteer work include Blue Star Connection, Urban Peak, Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Action Center, Food Bank of the Rockies and other homeless and hunger projects. He had an extended involvement with Scouting. From 2007 to 2009, Scott served on the Board of Directors of Swallow Hill Music Association.
In 2015, Scott joined The Blues Foundation Board of Directors where he now stands as Counsel to the Memphis based non-profit organization serving the worldwide Blues community. Scott’s commitment to CBS began in 1998 as an at-large member of the Board. Scott was on the Board in 2013 when The Blues Foundation named CBS the recipient of the Keeping The Blues Alive Award as the leading blues society in the nation. His lengthy service to CBS includes a tenure as President; he now serves as the Board Secretary.
Board of Directors
Banking, corporate finance, budgeting, forecasting, financial modeling, systems implementation, business plans, financial reporting.
Daryl Reicheneder grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration. His extensive professional work encompassed banking, telecommunications, luxury travel and real estate finance in established companies and start-ups from inception through maturity. Daryl’s expertise facilitated the implementation of formal budgeting, reporting and forecasting systems. He also led teams to reduce operating costs, determine customer profitability and negotiate real estate dispositions. As a volunteer for the Piano School of New York City, he set up formal accounting and reporting process then helped with general business guidance. Further, he smoothed its transition from a for-profit company to a nonprofit company and served two years on its Board. Daryl is in his first term as an at-large member of the CBS Board.
BITS Coordinator and Director
Kerry Morrison has been a Blues fan for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska, she moved to Colorado in 1976. Kerry feels that part of her undertaking as a CBS director is to introduce people to good music. To that end, Kerry holds the important role as lead coordinator for the CBS Blues In The School
News communication, youth musician support and performance production.
Peggy Jamison received her introduction to the Colorado Blues Society in 2010 at the Pearl Street Blues Festival. A spontaneous onstage harmonica performance by her five year old granddaughter with the festival headliner was videoed and photographed by some strangers in the audience who happened to be Colorado Blues Society members. The strangers acquainted themselves to Peggy and made available the pictures of this unforgettable moment. For Peggy, that was the beginning of friendships and fitting together with people in the Colorado Blues Society. Being able to share her love for music and in particular, the Blues, has been mutually ideal for Peggy and the Colorado Blues Society. Currently Peggy serves on the Board of Directors and is a vital part of communicating blues happenings through calendar maintenance for the weekly Blues Update - News from the Colorado Blues Society. Additionally, she is key to fostering youth blues development and education by organizing the Blues 101 stage.
Sandee Lewin Nye
Photographer, stage and festival production and promotion, educator and author.
Sandee Lewin Nye attended the University of Colorado earning a BA in Fine Arts, Art Education and Sociology. She also earned a MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Nova Southeastern University. As a teacher, she taught art, music and video production prior to getting a Professional Photography Certificate. Sandee has photographed the local and national Blues scenes for over fifteen years. In 2008, she published South Florida Has The Blues which includes forty pages of photographs, history and quotes from interviews. Her knowledge and versatility facilitates festival and stage production, some talent booking, house concerts and promotion of for-profit activities as well as fundraiser events.
Sandee is a lifetime member of the South Florida Blues Society. She joined the Colorado Blues Society and the Mile High Blues Society while living in Florida before returning to Colorado to live in 2014. A seasoned volunteer, Sandee’s work has been accomplished off-stage with band hospitality and ticket sales. Behind the camera she donated time by teaching photography and digital design to underserved kids.
Knowledge of Blues music and indigenous genres, sales, marketing, event planning, photography.
Jerrelyn Carragio started loving music at an early age. On her dad’s radio and phonograph, Jerrelyn played the new music of his day then moved with her music into the sixties entranced by the Beatles to the Rolling Stones to you name it. Upon graduation she traveled to Haight-Ashbury and lived out the dream of a wild flower child. Following college, Jerrelyn worked for a Motown distributor in Denver becoming a manager and buyer for two of the largest record stores in the tristate Colorado area. Her interest in black and white photography started in the 60's and often near the stage clicking away at the band. Subsequent to her artistic pursuits, she went into bank supervision for the Resolution Trust Corporation and the disposition of insolvent financial institutions. In Seattle with a changed occupational direction, Jerrelyn worked in sales and marketing with Starbucks then onto Boeing as a copy editor.
Since coming to Colorado, Jerrelyn’s community service includes board membership at Rocky Mountain Music Relief. And she has done substantial volunteer work for cancer organizations. Currently, her adaptable abilities and business expertise serve the Colorado Blues Society as a member of the Board of Directors.
Finance, compliance, governance, organizational outreach, artist and overall networking
Gary Guesnier has carried for some time a Colorado Blues Society membership along with memberships in The Blues Foundation and the Mile High Blues Society. Gary’s experiences in commercial banking, government regulation and the arts aptly support the CBS mission.
Since joining the CBS, Gary undertook participation in the Blues In The Schools program, membership solicitations, benefit events and 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 connections 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 a blues harmonica sideline player and a serious barbeque aficionado. As a former competition pitmaster, he keeps memberships in 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. He is a four year US Air Force veteran who served in communications squadrons based in Arizona and Hawaii. In 2014, Gary retired from a forty 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.
Merchandise marketing, advertising and trade show coordination.
Tracy Servantes was born in New York where her exposure to a wide genre of music began early on. She was raised on music and dance, singing on jingles for twelve years and taking dance lessons for sixteen years. Her father formed the 50’s vocal group, The Mellow-Larks, and sang for many years, later owning a successful recording studio in New York City until his retirement. Tracy’s mother was a New York City Rockette, Copa Girl, who danced worldwide and taught dance until her retirement.
For years, the Blues has engaged a large part of the life that Tracy shares with her husband. They regularly attend Colorado blues festivals and support local and national Blues acts. They take part in the fundraisers and benefit concerts for the Blue Star Connection, a non-profit organization that works with musical therapists and children in various hospitals and clinics around the USA.
Tracy’s varied occupational career started in advertising and marketing. She moved to Colorado in 1991 and for an extended time managed a small manufacturing company. Currently, Tracy is a project coordinator and inside sales person for a HVAC firm. Her retail marketing expertise maintains the merchandise vending activities of the Colorado Blues Society. Tracy is in her first term as an at-large member of the CBS Board.