Transylvania JAM (NC)


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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.

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Transylvania JAM classes are held Monday-Thursday at the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County in Brevard, NC and is for students in grades 3-8. Classes offered include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and uke (for younger kids). Transylvania JAM is supported with funding from the Boys and Girls Club with proceeds raised by the Mountain Song Festival. They partner with Transylvania Youth Strings, a nonprofit.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

Fiddle A 3-4
Fiddle B 4-5
Stringband B 5-6

JAM Discovery 4-4:40
Mandolin I 4:45-5:15
Mandolin II 5:15-6

Banjo 4-5
Fiddle II 4-5 (Resource Room)
Wednesday Jam 5-6 (Resource Room)

Guitar 4-5
Stringband A 5-6

Except for Fiddle II and Wednesday Jam, the default location for each Class is the Teen Center Resource Room.

We are now only taking New Students (9 and up) in the Fall Semesters. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in signing your child up next Fall. This does not guarantee admission into the JAM Program.

The students will be performing at various venues in their community and throughout the region, including at Heritage Day, the Mountain Song Festival, and their annual year end celebration at The DuckPond Pottery in the spring.

Creekside Crawfish on the JAM Stage at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh 2017:

Current Instructors
Owen Groms – banjo, mandolin
Bradford Carson – guitar

Jonyln Linville – fiddle

For more information, please contact:
Owen Grooms, Program Director
[email protected]
(828) 242-1976

Advisory Board
Elizabeth Bahnson
Maria Whitehead
Woody Platt
Michael Ashworth
Candice Walsh
Hope Janowitz
Sarah St. Marie
Emily Taylor

Transylvania Youth Strings Website

Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County Website