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 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