Transylvania County is located in Southwestern North Carolina bordering Georgia and South Carolina. Due to its small population and geographical isolation, not many musicians were recorded by folk collectors, although the traditional Appalachian music is prominent in this area. Today, there is a great deal of bluegrass and old time music. The noted Steep Canyon Rangers call Transylvania County home.
The Transylvania County Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) Program offers free classes and weekly opportunities for students to play music together in an informal setting. Classes are offered for guitar, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, standup bass and song. The teachers in the JAM program are working musicians with a passion to keep traditional music alive in the Appalachian Region. As students advance in the program, we work to place them in ensembles, like the Creekside Crawfish pictured below:
The Creekside Crawfish in 2020.
Creekside Crawfish on the JAM Stage at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh 2017.
Our students are 9 years old and up. Beginners are welcome as well as students who want to expand their musical skills or learn a new instrument. We offer an introductory class we call “JAM Discovery” for all of our new students. If you have a child that is interested in JAM, please email us at [email protected]. We are currently offering classes at the Brevard Little Theater Building (Grace Brevard) and in the warmer months, at Strauss Auditorium at Brevard Music Center. Check out our YouTube Channel! It features over 100 short teaching videos for anyone to use: YouTube
Owen Grooms – banjo, mandolin
Bradford Carson – guitar
Jonyln Linville – fiddle
For more information, please contact:
Owen Grooms, Program Director
Sarah St. Marie