Pickens County, SC is located in the upstate piedmont region, near Greenville. The highest point in the state is in Pickens County – Sassafras Mountain. It is also home to Table Rock State Park. With a history steeped in agriculture, the area has many bluegrass and country music traditions which students in the YAM programs are learning to carry on. There are several annual festivals celebrating Southern Appalachian Music. Hagood Elementary is part of the Pickens County, South Carolina YAM program (Young Appalachian Musician) initiative sponsored by P.O.S.A.M, Inc. (Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, Inc.) Hagood YAM is for students in grades 3-5 and there are about 25 students enrolled each year. The program offers instruction in guitar, mandolin and banjo and it meets every Tuesday afternoon. This program also partners with Pickens County Schools, Pickens Recreation Department, Pickens Senior Center and Hagood Mill.
Marshall Goers – guitar, mandolin
Samantha Morgan – banjo
For more information, please contact
Anne Laboon, Program Director
435 Sparks Lane
Pickens, SC 29671