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Franklin Co. JAM (VA)


Franklin County JAM is a program that began in 2014, and is made possible by the Smith Mountain Arts Council. The program is held for 4-8 grade elementary and middle students throughout Franklin County at the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. Franklin County JAM offers instruction in fiddle, clawhammer banjo and guitar from Andy Buckman (banjo), Mary Houston (beginning guitar), Guy Ferguson (advanced guitar and fiddle) and Linda Hall (fiddle).

Current Instructors
Linda Hall – fiddle
Mary Houston – beginner guitar
Guy Ferguson – advanced guitar, fiddle
Andy Buckman – clawhammer banjo, guitar

For more information, please contact:

Jim Mullens, Program Director
Smith Mountain Arts Council
[email protected]

Visit the Smith Mountain Arts Council website

Franklin County is located where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Piedmont of Virginia alongside the county borders of Bedford, Floyd, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Roanoke. Franklin County also borders the southern shore of Smith Mountain Lake. The area has a strong cultural history in bluegrass and old time music and sits on The Crooked Road Music Trail.

Traditional Music from Franklin County