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

5th Annual Youth Music Festival to Feature Music from JAM Programs

Abingdon, VA – Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 5th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. 15 bands and traditional music programs (over 200 youth musicians) will perform throughout the day. The festival will highlight regional traditional music programs including the Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, Country Cabin String Band, Floyd JAMS, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time...

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Keep Old Time Music Alive!

Keep Old Time Music Alive! by Terry Carstensen, banjo instructor, FloydJAMS What better way to keep Old Time music alive than to teach it to our children? In Floyd, Virginia, young people gather once per week after school to learn to play the fiddle, guitar or banjo. The FloydJAMS program is one of 40 JAM programs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that teach traditional old time and bluegrass music to children. Some students have listened to family members play the...

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Register Online for JAM Kids Regional Day Camp

Attention JAM Kids and Parents! If you haven't registered yet through your JAM program, feel free to register online for the May 21 JAM Kids Regional Day Camp to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, VA. We will be announcing the workshop instructor lineup soon! Registration deadline is no later than May 16. See more info at online registration, on the flyer, or by calling the JAM office at 276-773-0573. This event is FREE to all participants and their families, and will feature...

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