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 Wednesday 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 – 20 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 (Atlanta, Georgia), Strathmore Music Center, Blues Alley 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: 9/24/2014-12/3/2014
Winter 1/14/2015 – 5/6/2015
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

Jazz Academy
Introductory Ensemble

Starts October 1st

The best place for the young musician to start learning about Jazz music is the Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (JAIE). JAIE is for students who have never played jazz music and would like to learn how to read and play jazz. To be eligible for JAIE, students be at least 8 years of age and must have at least 1 year of study on their instrument. Many students in this group have basic to intermediate classical training and would like to develop jazz music skills. Students will learn and develop improvisational skills and will learn how to read and interpret basic jazz charts. This is a great starting point for those students that are not quite ready for JAE.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 10/1/2014 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

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