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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.


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 a summer camp flyer..

Fall Semester: September 13-November 15, 2017

Spring Semester: January 17-March 21, 2018

Click here to download an interest form for your student.

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

Grammy-nominated Main Stage Artist Sierra Hull helped draw the winner of a premium quality, 1994 Gibson 100th Anniversary Reissue of the 1934 Jumbo Model. The guitar was generously donated by Danny Henderson of Greenville, SC to help support the PacJAM program.

Congratulations to Patty Trobaugh who took the guitar home for her grandchildren-aspiring musicians that may very well take the stage themselves someday! And thanks to Sierra Hull for helping support traditional music.

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 $100 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 or stop by the TFAC Box Office.

PacJAM Adult Class Registration Form

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
Autumn Arrowood: Mandolin & PacJAM Band
Amy Buckingham: Mandolin
Jennie Wakefield: Dance

PacJAM Highlights 2016