Boone JAM (NC)


The Boone area of Watauga Co, NC is the home of many legendary singers and musicians, probably most notably the late Doc Watson and members of his extended family through several generations. Its old time traditions carry on, leaving a great number of current bluegrass and old time musicians to follow the footsteps of the legendary musicians in Watauga County history. As well as stringband traditions, ballad singing still lives on in this area, and is linked to the Hicks Family of Beech Mountain. Frank Proffitt, is another important ballad and folk singer.

Click here for more resources on the musical traditions in Watauga County, North Carolina, with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area


About Boone JAM

Boone JAM is held at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone on Thursday evenings for local children ages 6-18. The program is currently organized through the Town of Boone, NC and offers classes in fiddle, guitar, band, mandolin, ukulele and dulcimer. The program offers several performance opportunities for the students and also features guest artists throughout the year.

Current Instructors

Cecil Gurganus
Deborah Jean Sheets
Dave Wood
Trevor McKenzie
Brandon Holder
Anissa Burnett
Ethan Finch
Lauren Hayworth
Hasee Ciaccio
Meade Richter

For more information about the Boone JAM program, please contact:

Director Brandon Holder
[email protected]


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