Floyd JAMS (VA)


Floyd County, Virginia is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia, bordering Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Patrick Counties. The area is rich with old time and bluegrass music, and has many popular traditional music venues and festivals like the Floyd Country Store and FloydFest.

Dent Wimmer, Floyd County banjo player

Local folks, including JAM teacher Mac Traynham, jamming at the Floyd Country Store.

The Floyd JAMS program is a Crooked Road/JAM program held once per week for students starting in grade 4 at the June Bug Center in Floyd on Monday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:30. Students from Floyd Elementary, Indian Valley Elementary, Check Elementary, Willis Elementary and Floyd High School are eligible for classes in fiddle, guitar, clawhammer banjo and string band. The students perform in their community at such events as the Floyd Christmas Parade, Floyd Country Store Jamboree, Heartwood Youth Music Festival, HoustonFest and The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Teaching Staff:

Mac Traynham – advanced fiddle, banjo, guitar, string band
Earl White – fiddle
Victor Furtado – banjo
Diasy Slusher – assistant guitar
Terry Carstenson – banjo
Mindy Decesar – fiddle

Student Assistants (great for JAM grads!)
Sam Mackian – guitar
Eli Wildman – guitar, bass, mandolin
Zack Poff – banjo
Sailor Coartney – banjo
Hannah Hylton – bass

Board of Directors:

David Oakes
Mac Traynham
Greg Ward
Ward Reece
Jonathan Romeo
George Slusher
Mindy Decesear

For more information, please contact:
Deb Wildman, Program Director
[email protected]
Amber Wojciechowski, Director, June Bug Center
[email protected]

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June Bug Center Website