The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO) is the premier performing and networking honor group for select collegiate jazz musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. The MACJO was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Cumberland Jazz Society. Effective August of 2016, MACJO became a division of the Jazz Academy of Music.

MACJO has performed at such notable venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Kennedy Center, St. Peters Church (NYC), Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans, in addition to their annual April performance in Cumberland, MD. This year marks the group’s debut performance on the Ronnie Wells Main Stage at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD. For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival please visit the website at


The purpose of the group is to provide aspiring collegiate musicians the opportunity to perform and network as a member of a premier collegiate jazz orchestra while contributing to the development of jazz audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.


Delfeayo Marsalis

Delfeayo Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master, Composer and Trombonist has been named the guest conductor and soloist for MACJO’s performance at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. MACJO will perform on the Ronnie Wells Main Stage at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MAJF) in Rockville, MD on February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm.

For more information about Delfeayo Marsalis, visit:

Past Guest Conductors of MACJO
macjo-group-with-sean-jonesMACJO with past guest conductor, Sean Jones

2016 Ted Nash
2015 Sean Jones
2014 Chris Vadala
2013 Eric Richards
2012 Mike Tomaro
2011 Alan Baylock
Guest Soloist-John Fedchock
2010 Denis DiBlasio
2009 Scott Wendholt


Selected members can expect the following preliminary schedule:


12:30pm Rehearsal with Delfeayo Marsalis
4:30pm Hotel Check-in
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Mardi Gras Gala – Defeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestrar
2/17/2017 8:00am Breakfast
1:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Rehearsal with Delfeayo Marsalis
2:00pm Sound Check
6:15pm Report to Green Room for MAJF Performance
7:00pm MAJF Performance


  • Eligibility
  • Currently Enrolled Undergraduate and Graduate Jazz Students (Majors and Non-Majors Eligible)

  • Nomination
  • Director or Self Nomination via MACJO Application Form

  • Application
  • Nominee must complete the attached application form and upload required documents –


    The cost for this years’ experience is $175. This cost will include: Event Registration, Four Meals, Student All Access Pass to the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and MACJO Member keepsakes.

    Hotel Accommodations: MACJO Rehearsals and the MAJF performance will take place the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20815. The Jazz Academy has negotiated a greatly reduced rate of $106.00 per night. Hotel arrangements will be coordinated as part of the confirmation process once selected. Selected members have the option to choose alternative accommodations, however the accommodations at the host hotel are the most convenient and economical available in the area.


    Paul Carr and Jazz
    Wilson Center Article

    SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

    Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.


    Interested in
    the Ensemble?

    The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
    No Audition Required!
    Rehearsal begins 9/19/17 at 5:45pm (bi-weekly) $275 per semester.
    CLICK HERE to register for the Ensemble. we-want-you-square

    Returning Orchestra Member?

    CLICK HERE to Sign-up Online!!