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.


    Jazz Academy of Music

    The Jazz Academy Orchestra will be opening for Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Mardi Gras style gala. This is a pre-festival fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

    Thursday, February 16, 2016 @ 7:00pm

    Tickets starting at $165.00
    [Black Tie Affair]
    Click here to purchase tickets online. 6:00pm VIP Reception - Meet-and-Greet with Delfeayo Marsalis 7:00pm Dinner - The Jazz Academy of Music opening act during Mardi Gras Style Dinner 8:00pm Performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra


    Arts and Humanities of MoCo The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc. is funded in part by the Montgomery County government and the Art & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.