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 fourth through tenth grade students throughout Franklin County at the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration and offers instruction in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and singing, with cultural enrichment and community performance opportunities! Classes are held Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30.

Current Instructors
Guy Ferguson – Advanced Guitar
Roger Handy – Beginner Guitar
Aspen Black – Singing, Beginner Guitar
Earl Henritize – Fiddle

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