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FAME jazz Band

Nat Adderley Jr., artistic director for the newly formed FAME Jazz Band, rehearsing with the saxophone and rhythm sections. The band is composed of middle and high school youth. www.famejazzband.com.

Fame Summer Music and Enrichment Programs

Registration Closes: May 6, 2017

Early Bird Special until March 10th. 

Applications are open for two summer enrichment programs: Beats Books & Hooks and Summer Music Technology, using music as a basis for engagement. The programs are designed for rising 7th through 12th grade students and are taught by highly respected music professors, educators and professional musicians.







Attendees: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th Graders

DATE: June 19-23, 2017 (5 days)

TIME: 9am – 4 pm

Location: Dr. Henry Wise High School
Upper Marlboro, MD



Attendees: Rising 10th, 11th & 12th Graders

DATE:June 26 -30, 2017 (5 days)

TIME: 9am – 4pm

Location: Dr. Henry Wise High School
Upper Marlboro, MD








Attendees: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th Graders

DATE:July 10 – 14, 2017 (5 days)

TIME:9am – 4pm

Location: University of Maryland School of Music
College Park, MD



Attendees: Rising 10th, 11th & 12th Graders

DATE:July 31 – August 4, 2017 (5 days)

TIME:9am – 4pm

Location: University of Maryland School of Music
College Park, MD


Students will:


• Explore cutting edge recording software

• Compose music

• Develop proficiency in computer technology

• Produce finished CD and MP3 files to share digitally and publish online

• Enjoy master classes with recording artists, engineers and/or producers

• Be introduced to the business of music

• Learn about education and career opportunities,

• Learn proper use of social media and other online tools

• Receive a certificate of completion,

• And Much More! Click here


Registration Closes: May 6, 2017

Early Bird Special until March 10th.


FAME Summer Programs are made possible in part by

University of Maryland School of Music
Prince George’s County Government
PEPCO, an Exelon Company
Roland Corporation
Washington Music Center



FAME 12th Anniversary


12th Anniversary & Awards Celebration


2708 Enterprise Road • Mitchellville, MD 20721

6 PM General Reception

7 PM Program


Special Performances By

Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band


FAME Jazz Band


The Honorable Douglas J.J. Peters
Maryland State Senator (Dist.23)


The Honorable Todd M. Turner
Prince George’s County Council Member (Dist. 4)


Tony Richards, WHUR-FM 96.3/ Sirius/XM


Andrea Harrison Prince George’s County Council (District 5)

James Ferguson DTI Global

United Parcel Service

Marty Wollesen Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

William D. “Bill” Euille Former Mayor of Alexandria, VA

M. Gasby Brown The Gasby Group

Carolyn J. B. Howard Maryland Delegate (District 24)

Teacher Recognition

Brandon Felder Largo High School

Mary Ruth McGinn Stedwick Elementary School

Kurt Lucas Suitland High School

Anniversary & Corporate Partners

Prince George’s County Government

Prince George’s Community College

University of Maryland College Park School of Music


Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

The Washington Informer

Innovative Study Techniques

Arena Stage

This year FAME is building a whole new audience for its advertisers.


Your ad will be discoverable by a global audience of online visitors




Click here to select your ad space!


Ad copy due July 11th.



Tis the Season

A Majestic Musical Holiday Celebration

Featuring the talents of

FAME Youth Musicians

BSU Community Jazz Ensemble

Largo High School Choir

Oxon Hill High School Choir

Reid Temple Evidence Choir


Sunday December 13th, 2015 at 5 PM Doors open at 4:30 PM

3800 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Kay Theater University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1625

General Admission $15

Students $10

Purchase tickets:

Web: claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

Phone: 301.405.ARTS (301.405.2787)

In person: Clarice Smith

Performing Arts Ticket Office

Click here to purchase Tickets


Click here for Flyer




Child poverty affects a child’s ability to learn, it breeds low self-esteem and emotional impairments such as depression, anxiety and/or related behavioral problems.  Music builds reasoning skills and helps children learn and remember. Playing an instrument trains the brain to think critically and strategize abstract concepts.  Children who regularly play an instrument do well in their STEM classes.  Join FAME and be a part of the Education solution.

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 Jazz Great Nat Adderley, Jr., Will Serve as Artistic Director 

Application Deadline is November 6 

BOWIE, Md. (October 15, 2015) – FAMEFoundation for the Advancement of Music & Education invites Prince George’s County middle and high school students to apply for the inaugural 2015-2016 season of the FAME Jazz Band. Under the leadership of founding artistic director Nat Adderley, Jr., the FAME Jazz Band will provide high caliber music and academic instruction for 30 middle school and high school students. The students will perform on major stages throughout the region, receive academic and college prep tutoring during the school year, and participate in FAME’s summer music technology and instrumental programs at the University of Maryland College Park.

“The FAME Jazz Band will bring together a diverse group of talented students who will have the great fortune to learn and work with Nat Adderley, Jr., as well as other master musicians and artists in a professional and supportive setting,” said FAME Founder and Executive Director A. Toni Lewis. Adderley, scion of the famed jazz family, is an international jazz pianist and former music director, composer, and arranger for music icon Luther Vandross.

“Following intensive training with leading professional musicians, these remarkable teenagers will have the opportunity to perform on famed stages throughout the Washington metro region and tour some of the great music venues while serving as dynamic musical ambassadors for Prince George’s County,” added Lewis.

Middle and high school students living and/or attending school in Prince George’s County are eligible to apply. Home schooled students are also encouraged to apply. The application deadline is November 6.

To apply to the FAME Jazz Band:

  • Go to www.famejazzband.com and complete the application, which includes an essay and two personal recommendations.
  • Applications must be received or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on November 6.
  • Students may apply for a waiver of the $50 application fee on the basis of financial need.
  • Auditions for applicants will be held Nov. 16-21, and decisions and feedback will be provided by FAME Jazz Band Artistic Director on Nov. 23.

FAME Jazz Band Founding Artistic Director Nat Adderley, Jr., is best known for his work with Luther Vandross, whom he first met while they were both attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the school depicted in the 1980s “Fame” television series. Serving as Vandross’ musical director from 1981 until Vandross’ death in 2003, Adderley wrote and arranged Vandross’ first top 20 pop hit, “Stop to Love,” as well as “Wait for Love” and the Grammy-nominated “Give me the Reason.” Adderley also arranged many of Vandross’ most popular records including “Superstar,” “Here and Now,” “If Only for One Night,” “Creepin,” “If This World Were Mine,” “Never Too Much,” and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.” More recently, Adderley produced tracks on the last seven Vandross studio albums including a duet with Beyonce Knowles that appears on Beyonce’s album “Dangerously in Love” and won the Grammy in 2004 for best R&B performance by a duo or group.

Many other artists have had major successes with help from Adderley, including Kirk Whalum, Natalie Cole, Johnny Gill, Aretha Franklin and Doc Powell. More recently, Adderley has been performing in jazz clubs and festivals in Asia, Europe and California with saxophonist Tom Scott and in the New York area with other artists and with his own trio. Adderley received his B.A. from Yale University in 1978.

Adderley first became involved with FAME as a guest performer at a FAME event. After interacting with local students backstage, his involvement with FAME increased and he ultimately suggested the formation of the FAME Jazz Band. “Music is important to the overall development of a child,” said Adderley. “I’m deeply committed to doing whatever I can to give children access to music.” Adderley, who lives in New Jersey, will travel to Maryland two days a week to launch and oversee the jazz band.

For music information or questions, please contact Rudy Spruill, Program Coordinator, at 301-805-5358 or rspruill@famejazzband.com; for logistical questions contact Kris Moss at kmoss@famejazzband.com.

About FAME–Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc.

FAME–Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit whose mission is to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences. FAME has furnished school music programs with new and used instruments and also sponsors after-school, music technology and academic programs, giving students access to the finest instructors and technology in the music business and live musical theatre. The organization aims to provide equal access to the arts for youth of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Learn more at www.fameorg.org.

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11th Anniversary Celebration Event Photo

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