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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, and fiddle 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 4th year, PacJAM offers ten-week sessions each fall and winter/spring semester, as well as an intensive day camp one week each summer. Students of all skill levels ages 8-16 years old are invited to join us for instruction in traditional music.


Fall Semester: September 13-November 15, 2017

Spring Semester: January 17-March 21, 2018

Email for additional info.

Preserving Traditional Music

Registration is open for 2017-2018 PacJAM classes for children and adults. Join us for 10 consecutive group lessons, every Wednesday night September 13-November 15. Classes in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, plus singing, dance, and storytelling are available. Tuition is only $125 per semester, with rental instruments available for an additional $50 per semester.

Complete a registration form, or contact Rebecca at for more details.

Microsoft Word - PacJAM Interest Survey 8.16.17.docx

The Midnight Plowboys: Benefit Concert

The Midnight Plowboys-one of the top traditional strings bands in WNC-made it down the mountain to TFAC for a fun benefit concert in early June.

Thank you to everyone who came out for an incredible evening of music to support PacJAM!

Keep Appalachian Music Alive- Support PacJAM Now

Adult Instruction Now Available!

Cross an item off your bucket list-learn to play an instrument! Traditional music classes are now available for guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.

Led by expert instructors and professional musicians, the hands-on workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm, September 13-November 15.

To learn more or save your spot in the next round of classes, download the regestration form below and return to or stop by TFAC's Kessler Box Office for details.

Adult Interest Form & Registration

Meet Your Instructors

PacJAM is supported by expert instruction from professional musicians.

Meet your 2017 PacJAM instructors:

Phil Johnson: Guitar
Phil Jenkins: Bluegrass Banjo
Bob Buckingham: Clawhammer Banjo & Mandolin
Amy Buckingham: Fiddle, Dance (youth enrichment) & Adult Mandolin
Gaye Johnson: Singing, Jams, and Folklore in Ballads (youth enrichment)
Dan Keller: Ukulele for ages 6 & up
Margaret Hudgins: Mountain Dulcimer
Hannah Seng: Adult Fiddle

PacJAM Highlights 2016-2017