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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

Register Now – JAM Day – May 19!

The registration is now available for JAM kids to sign up for the second JAM Day for the “northern region” to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Galax, VA on Saturday, May 19. There will be several learning and pickin’ opportunities for JAM kids, as well as a teaching seminar for JAM instructors!

You can find both the printable form and online form at

Register Now for April 21 JAM Day @ Mars Hill University

Hey, y’all!

The registration is available for JAM kids to sign up for our big regional JAM day coming up on Saturday, April 21 on the campus of Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC.

You can find both the printable form and online form at

Stay tuned for the May 19 Blue Ridge Music Center JAM Day Registration coming soon!

Courthouse JAMboree #3!

Please join us for the third installment of the Courthouse JAMboree coming up on Friday night, March 23 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse Baldwin Auditorium in Independence, VA featuring Strictly Strings, the Mountain Park Old Time Band, and local JAM kids! The show starts at 7 p.m. and there will be plenty of room for dancing, but limited seating! Doors open at 6 p.m. and no advanced tickets will be sold.

Strictly Strings encompasses a variety of talent from four young artists accompanied by Cecil Gurganus, their former instructor in the Boone JAM program, where they first met and began
playing music together. Listeners will be able to quickly hear their major influences of musical pioneers such as Ola Belle Reed and the Carter Family in addition to old time string band music
and many other genres, as well. Two of the band members, sisters Anissa and Kathleen Burnett, are currently students of ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies Program where they perform as part of the Old Time Pride Band.

Bringing the local flatfooters to the 1908 Courthouse will be the Mountain Park Old Time Band with special guest, former JAM student, Madison Shepherd. The Mountain Park Old Time Band
is known for playing mountain music with a hard-driving dance beat, and takes pride in carrying on the traditions of the region. Clawhammer banjo player Madison Shepherd learned her first
notes as part of the Ashe JAM program and has often represented Junior Appalachian Musicians, as well as achieved many top prizes at area fiddlers’ conventions.

The first two concerts of the Courthouse JAMboree series were held in the fall of 2017 and featured Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers, ShadowGrass, The Yates Family, Karlie
Keepfer and Smokey Holler, and various JAM kids. The Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation and Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. were awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for
the Arts, which is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, to host the Courthouse JAMboree in an effort to bring live music to the community.

This concert series is sponsored by Skyline National Bank. Additional sponsors include local businesses: QuikChek/Paul’s Restaurant, Main Street Tire & Auto, and Cassell Real Estate Services.

Children 12 & under will be admitted free. The Baldwin Auditorium is handicap-accessible with an elevator.

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