PacJAM Summer Camp

PacJAM Summer Camp

Music making to start the summer off right. Explore Appalachian instruments, crafts and more!

Join PacJAM Summer Camp to hone your bluegrass skills with renowned local, national, and international musicians! Your summer practice inspiration starts right here with a slew of guest artists to keep you motivated and enthusiastic.


  • $150.00  –  Single Child
  • $120.00  –  Sibling Discount
  • Scholarships available, contact Julie – 864-420-6407 (email, text, or call)


Beginning Campers will sing, have group instrument lessons, take Appalachian art, and begin to learn to JAM.

Intermediate Campers will rise to the next level of playing, challenged by our summer camp instructors. Campers will JAM, have group instrument instruction, be coached in improvisation and music theory, as well as relax with Appalachian arts and crafts.

Advanced Campers will participate in intensive seminars strengthening their soloing and back-up abilities, be pushed in their JAMming skills, and explore theory and composition on their instruments.

Tracks offered:

Beginning ukulele, for ages 5-7 SUMMER CAMP ONLY

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, and Banjo (3-finger & clawhammer style)

PacJAM campers put skills on stage :

Campers End-of-Week Concert, Friday, June 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

After a week of music fun, campers will present a concert with their newly-learned skills on the Veh Stage at Tryon Fine Arts Center for family and friends!

Also, stay tuned for a special announcement about our advanced students and instructors the week of PacJAM Summer Camp!

Summer Camp Crew

Cassidy Beentjes, from Wrightington, England, is a brilliant composer, guitarist and 3-finger banjo player who studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England. Cassidy currently performs and teaches in Philadelphia, and is writing per Bela Fleck’s personal request, an arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for 100 banjos to be performed at this year’s Bela Fleck’s Banjo Camp.

Ashley Brooker is legendary, and known locally as one of the best fiddle players around. Surrounded by bluegrass from a young age, she started with bass and soon picked up the fiddle. Ashley performs with Pilgrims Bluegrass and has a busy private studio.

Devin Jones and Carson Moore are joining PacJAM camp from Berklee School of Music. Devin hails from Fredricksburg, Virginia and is excited to introduce flat-picking and bluegrass back-up to PacJAM’s guitar students. Carson returns to his bluegrass home looking forward to guiding JAMs and teaching improvisation.

Emily Brock, PacJAM’s favorite art teacher, joins PacJAM camp again this summer to bring Appalachian crafts to our JAM campers.

PacJAM teachers Gaye Johnson (guitar, vocals, story-telling), Emily Riesser (fiddle), and Will Trakas (mandolin, guitar, vocals) round out the camp line-up.

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