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Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)

Panini Brothers to Perform at The Harvester
Benefit Concert for Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)
May 6, 7:30 PM
The Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the Smith Mountain Arts Council sponsored a benefit concert that raised over $1700 for the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. The concert, at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, featured The Panini Brothers and 15 of the junior musicians. The Panini Brothers performed 2 sets with the JAM kids playing 7 seven songs in between. The JAM kids joined the Panini Brothers on stage for Wildwood Flower as the finale. About 125 people attended.

The JAM program teaches kids in grades 4-9  to play and perform traditional Appalachian music on guitar, banjo, and fiddle. All proceeds from the concert will help pay for instructors throughout the school year and a 10 week summer music camp.

JAM Report - Oct 1, 2014

Our Junior Appalachian Musicians are now learning music at two locations. One location is Burnt Chimney Elem. School for elementary students and Ben. Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mount is the site for middle school students. They have lessons on Tues. and Wed., one day at each location. There are 25 enrolled in elem. and 33 enrolled at the middle school. They play guitars, fiddles and banjos.


A few students will play at the SMAC Expo on October 9th. All of us want to thank SMAC for their generous support!

JAM Report - May 30, 2014

We enrolled 37 fourth and fifth graders from Dudley Elem., Windy Gap Elem. and Burnt Chimney Elem.

There were 13 lessons this semester. The students learned chords, care for instruments, finger position, four songs, and how to play in a group with two other instruments. After small group lessons with all guitars, banjos or fiddles, all students joined together to play songs.

There was an end of the year concert on May 16, 2014 and the JAM students played. Then Tenbrooks, a bluegrass band entertained the students while the students danced to the tunes of Tenbrooks.

Next year JAM will be offered at the Burnt Chimney location for 4th and 5th graders. 6th graders at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School will have an opportunity to continue playing after school and we hope to enroll 30 students at the Middle School.

This has been such a success and the instructors, fiscal agent, site manger, and JAM director all look forward to having another year of creating Appalachian music here in Franklin County Virginia.


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