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.

Program

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.

Location

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
Tuesday
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.

News

JAE and JAO Rehearsals
Begin September 2017

2017-2018 REHEARSALS:
Starting on or about September 19, 2017

Location:
Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Registration

Enrollment Open for JAM Camp and JAM Lab!

Register Now!

JAM Camp

June 26 - July 14, 2017
Monday thru Friday
1pm - 5pm

CLICK HERE for Camp and Lab Registration Form

JAM Lab

Residency Check-in:
Sunday, July 9
Residency Check-out:
Friday, July 14

Extended Day:
July 10 - July 14
Mon - Fri
9:00am - 9:30pm


New Camp Location


Takoma Park Middle School

7611 Piney Branch Road

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Due to renovations at Sligo Middle School the first two weeks at camp will be at Takoma Park Middle School. Week # 3 / Residency / Extended Day will be at the National 4-H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.

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