Fritzie S. Wise received the Bachelor of Music Education in 1982 from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Fritzie taught elementary, middle and high school music for 30 years in the Haywood County School before retiring in 2013. Fritzie lives in Waynesville, North Carolina in the wonderful Smoky Mountains with her husband Tim and cat Leo. Fritzie is so pleased to be a part of the JAM program, as this type of music speaks to the heritage of our community and will teach the students a history that they may not get anywhere else.
Cary Fridley is an Appalachian singer, bassist, and innovative educator. Her style is rooted in tradition, and has evolved to embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and jazz. She is a published songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader, singing and performing in western North Carolina for over 15 years. She is currently a member of the Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty at AB-Tech in Asheville, NC, and teaches old-time guitar at two regional JAM (Junior Appalachian Musician) programs, Haywood County and Buncombe County.
Check out Cary’s website: https://caryfridleymusic.com/