PacJAM celebrates traditional Appalachian music, preserves regional art

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, May 4, 2017

PacJAM preserves the music of the Appalachian region through classes and concerts. PacJAM is affiliated with the regional JAM program, which enrolls over 1,500 kids throughout the Southeast.

Students who would like to experience PacJAM first hand are invited to participate in summer camp, Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 from 8:30 a.m. until noon each day. Summer camp offers a fun-filled week of instruction in your choice of claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle or mandolin. Campers also receive contra dance instruction, folklore sessions, jam sessions, and singing instruction throughout the week, and snacks and a free T-shirt are included. A limited supply of instruments is available for students who don’t have one.

There are no additional fees for use of instruments. Registration forms are available in the TFAC box office, by visiting or emailing PacJAM Program Director Rebecca Osteen at

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– article submitted by Michelle Fleming