JAM believes

that children who are actively engaged in traditional mountain music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations.

We envision

a world in which all children have the opportunity to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional mountain music together.

Our mission

is to provide communities with the support and tools they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music.

What’s Happening in the JAM World

Earl Scruggs Music Festival Regional JAM Event

This amazing partnership between Junior Appalachian Musicians, Tryon Fine Arts Center (PacJAM), Earl Scruggs Music Festival and Tryon International Equestrian Center is back for the second year of this new festival! Registration provides JAM Kids and parents with festival tickets, access to high-profile workshops, and an overall super dynamic regional JAM gathering. This event is also partially funded by the IBMA Foundation. Register online here. As part of this event, JAM is also hosting a...

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Youth Music Festival and Competition

Join us Saturday, May 13 to enjoy this youth event in Southwest Virginia hosted by The Crooked Road at the SWVA Cultural Center and Marketplace (formerly known as Heartwood). This event features workshops and competition for youth musicians.

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A Clover Picker at the Earl Scruggs Music Festival

by Anna Tokar Anna Tokar, from Tryon, NC, is 15 years old and has played fiddle in the PacJAM program since age 10.                       PacJAM students dance the Virginia Reel at the Flint Hill Stage at the first Earl Scruggs Festival Photo by Eli Johnson It was months ago when I was told that our band, the Clover Pickers - a house band of Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians - would be playing at the Earl...

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