Classes forming for Pac JAM musicians

Published 3:17 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians (PacJAM) program at Tryon Fine Arts Center attracts some of the top roots music performers from across the Southeast to teach old time and bluegrass music to students ages 6 and up. The new semester runs Wednesday evenings Jan. 17 through March 21.

Returning instructors include professional musicians Dan Keller, Hannah Seng, in addition to program coordinator Becky Osteen. Folk music legends Phil and Gaye Johnson along with prolific regional performers Amy & Bob Buckingham will teach a variety of instruments. Phil Jenkins, nephew of renowned old time banjo player Snuffy Jenkins, is also part of the PacJAM team.

These notable musicians offer hands-on, personalized instruction to small groups of beginning musicians.

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Students ages 6 and 7 can register now for ukulele classes to learn the building blocks of music. Kids ages 8 and up and adults ages 15 and up may choose from fiddle, banjo, mandolin, or guitar instruction. PacJAM is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the whole family to learn a new instrument and help preserve a slice of southern Appalachian culture.

To register or learn more about the program, just call Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828-859-8322 or email

Рsubmitted by Michelle Fleming