The Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO)

The Jazz Academy Orchestra “JAO” is a large ensemble where students learn and perform the big band charts of Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and other writers of the big band era and beyond. It is a great evening program for young musicians grades 7th thorough 12th. Classes meet during the school year. There are two semester, Fall ( starts mid-September) and Winter (starts mid-January). Class sessions are bi-weekly on Tuesday at Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland under the direction of Paul Carr. The Orchestra performs at various events in the D.C. Metropolitan area.


The Orchestra will perform 2-3 times each semester at various venues around the Washington Metropolitan area. The Orchestra focus is on the straight-ahead jazz genre. The orchestra will be comprised of 18 – 24 instruments. In the past Jazz Academy students have performed at wonderful venues and events such as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland, Ohio), Jazz Education Network Conference (San Diego, CA and Atlanta, GA), Silver Spring Jazz Festival, Strathmore Music Center, Blues Alley Supper Club, Bethesda Jazz and Blues Supper Club, The Big Band Bash on the Mall and the University of Maryland. The orchestras will be performing at similar events and venues in the coming year.

As with all Jazz Academy offerings, students will work with professional musicians to enhance their skills in the interpretation of the music.


Place Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Term Fall: 9/20/2016-12/6/2016
Winter: 1/17/2017-05/9/2017
Rehearsals are bi-weekly
Time 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Performance Attire Students must have:

  • Males: Black Jacket, Long Black Pants, White Shirt and a Black Tie.
  • Females: Black Jacket, Long Black Pants, Long Black Skirt and a White Blouse.

The Jazz Academy will provide:

  1. A Jazz Academy Polo Shirt
  2. A Jazz Academy Patch that must be sewn onto the left pocket area of the Black Jacket.

Students will wear the following for:

  1. Formal performances: Black Jacket and Pants or Skirt, White Shirt with tie or Blouse
  2. Upscale casual performance: Black Jacket and Pants with Polo Shirt.
  3. Casual performances: Black Pants with Polo Shirt.


MACJO to perform with
Delfeayo Marsalis!

MACJO finalists to perform with Delfeayo Marsalis on February 17, 2017 at 7pm at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
CLICK HERE to see full student Roster!

2nd December 2016
8pm – 10pm
Fall for Jazz Concert

The American University Jazz Orchestra [Joshua Bayer, Director] and the Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO) [Paul Carr, Director] will be performing a varied program of big band music, including swing, bebop, and blues at Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.

5 Dec 2016
Holiday Bash!


Holiday Concert
with the
Blues Alley Youth Orchestra
and the
Jazz Academy Orchestra