JSMHM presents “Big Check” to Boone JAM
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music kicked off the New Year as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2018 by presenting a check in the amount of $1,600 to the Boone Junior Appalachian Musicians program. The ceremony of presenting the “Big Check” was held on January 11th, at the Jones House where JAM classes take place. JSMHM director, Rodney Sutton had the honor of handing over the check to Mark Freed, the Director of the JAM program. Also attending the event were a number of JAM instructors, including Cecil Gurganus, who holds the distinction of having taught at JAM longer than anyone, plus a large number of current JAM students and their parents.
To celebrate its 25th year, the Board of Directors for JSMHM has been considering ways to pay tribute to Joe Shannon, the founder of Mountain Home Music. “The mission of Mountain Home Music is to celebrate diverse styles of Appalachian performing arts. Mountain Home Music strives to educate and build community through the arts, providing accessible cross-generational experiences.” The board recommended that JSMHM donate any monies collected above the cost of presenting our “Pay as You Exit” 2017 Matinee Concert Series to JAM to be used for scholarships so that no kid would be turned away from the opportunity to learn old-time Appalachian music.
When asked about the decision to make the donation to JAM, Sutton said, “Joe was an educator who loved kids. He taught in the public schools and also was a special education professor at ASU. He performed and offered dulcimer workshops to kids in the region before there was a JAM program – what better way to honor Joe’s memory!”
Sutton added, “Every member and sponsor of JSMHM has had a hand in making this donation doable. Our board and I would like to thank everyone for their support of JSMHM and we welcome new members and sponsors as we prepare to announce other new special projects to reach out to the citizens of The High Country in honoring Joe in the coming year”.
Information on how to sign up as a member or sponsor of JSMHM can be found here.
North Sea Gas Band
Sat., April 21st, 2018 – 7:30pm
(doors open at 7)
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church
170 Councill Street, Boone, NC 28607
Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.
The John Cockman Family
Thurs., June 21st, 2018 at 2:00pm
The Harvest House Performing Arts Venue
247 Boone Heights Drive
Boone, NC, 28607
The John Cockman Family is a close-knit family with deep roots in the Western North Carolina music scene.
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