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Johnson County’s JAM fund-raiser brings in $12,000

JAM performs for a packed house at last Friday’s jamboree and silent auction.

By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) students held a jamboree and silent auction this past week at Heritage Hall. The students walked out onto the stage to a packed house, ready to entertain the audience and showcase what they had learned over the past seven months.
The banjo students, under the direction of Jacob Wright, are as follows:  Sarah Arnold, Jackson Clifton, Gaston Dugger, Emily Eppard, Sierra Greene, Loki Osborne, Leah Ransom, Noah Shull, Trinity Slimp, Aden Sluder and Jaden Tolliver.
The fiddle students, under the director of May Rachel Nalley include Emily Brooks, Jasmine Cunningham, Brooklyn Deyton, Trista Dunn, Audry Godines, Christopher Grill, Savannah Lewis, Andrew Matherly, Halaina Morefied, Lexie Proffitt, Emily Shipe, Karen Velarde and Lily Wilcox.
The guitar students, under the direction of Jonathan Campbell, are as follows:  Dalton Adams, Christopher Eller, Emily Holman, Eli Horne, Skylar Lawson, Gracie Oxentine, Riley Tester, Damon Thompson, and Madilynn Triplett.
Guitar students of Kody Norris are as follows:  Shawn Arnold, Aubrie Baird, Cameron Crowder, Clayton Eckert, Oren Hammons, Gunner Hutchins, Sara Icenhour, Hailey Isaacs, Harley Wykle, Grace Young and Reese Young.
Mile Taylor’s guitar students are as follows:  Caleb Arnett, Myles Arney, Zeblen Baird, Abby Lipford, Nick Speed and Emily Stephens.
Buddy Morefield and Shannon Courtner are the mandolin instructors.   Their students are as follows:  Brookanna Hutchins, Justus Lewis, Isiah Meade, Mason Sluder and Kyla Tolliver.
The JAM band instructors are as follows:  Shannon Courtner, Buddy Morefield, Mary Pennington and Mike Taylor.  The members of the JAM band are Caleb Arnett, Zeblen Baird, Chloe Pennington, Nick Speed and Cortney Wilson.
The evening was a celebration of all the students had learned since the inception of the JAM group.  With the exception of Marty Pennington and Mike Taylor, the music instructors are paid.  A yard sale and bake sale was held earlier in the month and $2,000 was raised.  This past week, the JAM jamboree and silent auction raised approximately $12,000 in event sponsors, the silent auction, ticket sales and donations.
As the jamboree came to a close, the instructors took the stage, their musical instruments in hand. The music came to life as they entertained the crowds with tunes that had everyone singing along , while clapping their hands and dancing in their seats.
If you are interested in checking out the music of the talented JAM kids, they can be found Thursday, May 11th at the nursing home at 4:00 pm,  on Saturday, May 20th at the Farmers Market at 10:00 am and additionally, JAM for young musicians will be at Morefield’s store at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd.   A link to announcements and applications to join JAM can be found on the Johnson County JAM facebook page.