How to Join the Orchestra

Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring, MD

The Jazz Academy, under the direction of renowned Jazz Saxophonist Paul Carr, holds auditions each semester for its Jazz Orchestra (JAO). To be eligible musicians must have at least 2 years of formal music training and are in 7th-12th grades. The Orchestras will perform 2-3 times each semester at various venues around the Washington Metropolitan area.

Participation Requirements

Rehearsal Location Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Rehearsal Frequency Bi-Weekly — 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Fall Semester:
September 20, 2016 – December 6, 2016.
Winter Semester:
January 17, 2017 – May 9, 2017
–Rehearsals are every other Tuesday–
Participation Fee The registration fee of $530.00 can be paid in two installments of $265.00, on or before the first day of each semester for returning members and the first rehearsal after acceptance into the JAO for new members. If paid by Visa or MasterCard, the second installment will be automatically charged to your credit card at the beginning of the second semester. If you elect to pay by check the first installment is $353.00 and the second installment due on or before the beginning of the second semester is $177.00. We will hold your reservation for 7 days and will confirm your reservation upon receipt of your check.

Checks should be made payable to:
The Jazz Academy of Music
P.O. Box 6744
Silver Spring, MD 20916-6744

Performance Attire Students will be required to wear a black jacket, long black skirts or black pants and white blouses or shirts or the Jazz Academy Polo shirt depending on the formality of the performance event. Students will be issued a Jazz Academy Orchestra Polo Shirt and a Patch to be sewn on the black jacket.

Audition Requirements

  • Must play scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats.
  • Must sight-read.
  • Improvisation over Bb or F blues is optional however it will be considered a plus and is encouraged. Vocalist and those who chose not to improvise should be prepared to sing or play a piece of their choice.
  • CLICK HERE for the Performance charts needed for the audition.
  • Auditioning on multiple instruments is considered a plus and is also encouraged.
Scheduling and Notification Must complete the Application for Audition Form. You will be contacted by the Academy to schedule your audition time. All participants will be notified of the Music Director’s decision within 1 week after their audition.
Available Positions Piano (1); Drums (1); Bass Guitar (2); Guitar (2); Alto Sax (3); Tenor Sax (3); Baritone Sax (1); Trumpet (4); Trombone (4); Clarinet (2); Flute (1); Violin (1).

If you would like to schedule an audition please click here or go to “Audition Application Form” under “Orchestra” in the menu above and complete the Audition Application Form.

You may call the Jazz Academy offices at 301-871-8418 for more information.


MACJO Accepting
Applications Now!


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 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

Deadline: November 14, 2016 CLICK HERE for more information.

JAO Opening for
Delfeayo Marsalis

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 Click here to purchase tickets online.


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.