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Transylvania JAM (NC)


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Transylvania County is located in Southwestern North Carolina bordering Georgia and South Carolina. Due to its small population and geographical isolation, not many musicians were recorded by folk collectors, although the traditional Appalachian music is prominent in this area. Today, there is a great deal of bluegrass and old time music. The noted Steep Canyon Rangers call Transylvania County home.

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Click here to find out more information about Transylvania music, past and present, from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

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Transylvania JAM classes are held every Wednesday and Thursday at the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County in Brevard, NC and is for students in grades 3-8. Classes offered include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and uke (for younger kids). Transylvania JAM is supported with funding from the Boys and Girls Club with proceeds raised by the Mountain Song Festival. They partner with Transylvania Youth Strings, a nonprofit.

Mondays: Fiddle I 4-5, Fiddle II 5-6
Tuesdays: JAM Discovery (Introductory Class) 4-5, 5-6
Wednesdays: Banjo 4-5, Wednesday Jam 5-6
Thursday: Guitar 4-5, Banjo Uke 5-6
Friday: Ensemble (Creekside Crawfish) Practice ~ 4:30–5:30

Current Instructors
Owen Groms – banjo, mandolin
Bradford Carson – guitar

For more information, please contact:
Owen Grooms, Program Director
(828) 242-1976

Advisory Board
Elizabeth Bahnson
Maria Whitehead
Woody Platt
Michael Ashworth
Candice Walsh
Hope Janowitz
Sarah St. Marie
Emily Taylor

Transylvania Youth Strings Website

Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County Website