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Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians

Building Community One Tune at a Timepacolet_jam_logo_smaller

PacJAM provides an opportunity for area youth to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional music.

Local students and their teachers are filling the halls and galleries of TFAC with guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bow music each week, taking their part in a multi-state regional effort to preserve the music of the Appalachian cultural heritage. In addition to instrument instruction, students learn local music history and theory, ear training, dance, folklore, and rhythm development.

Now in it’s 3rd year, PacJAM offers ten-week sessions each fall and winter/spring semester, as well as an intensive day camp one week each summer.

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Preserving Traditional Music

Students of all skill levels ages 8-16 years old are invited to join us for instruction in traditional music.

Registration is now open for summer music camp! Join  us Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21.

Download the Summer Camp 2017 flyer & registration form

Fall Semester: September 13-November 15, 2017

Spring Semester: January 17-March 21, 2018

Download an interest form for your student

Complete and return the interest form to Tryon Fine Arts Center or email pacjam@tryonarts.org for additional info.

The Midnight Plowboys: Benefit Concert

The Midnight Plowboys-one of the top traditional strings bands in WNC-will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, June 3 at 7pm at TFAC.

Tickets to this fun evening of music are only $14 for adults and $8 for students, and all proceeds support PacJAM programs.

Get Tickets

Adult Instruction Now Available!

Cross an item off your bucket list-learn to play an instrument! Beginning adult instruction is now available for guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.

Led by expert instructors and professional musicians, 10-weeks of classes are $125 per student. A limited number of instruments are available for rent for an additional $50.

To learn more or save your spot in the next round of classes, download the interest form below and return to pacjam@tryonarts.org or stop by the TFAC Box Office.

Download the registration form for Adult Classes

Meet Your Instructors

PacJAM is supported by expert instruction from professional musicians.

Meet your 2017 PacJAM instructors:

Phil Johnson: Guitar
Phil Jenkins: Banjo
Gaye Johnson: Singing
Carley Arrowood: Fiddle
Hannah Seng: Fiddle
Amy Buckingham: Mandolin
Jennie Wakefield: Dance

PacJAM Highlights 2016-2017