FAME is excited to invite middle and high school students to join its year-round FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP) that provides music instruction, one on one academic tutoring, college planning and workforce readiness.

All students, including homeschool students, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be committed to playing their musical instrument and learning and performing jazz music.  FAME is seeking youth who are eager to grow in their artistic expression, as well as maintain high academic standards in the classroom. All standard jazz band instruments are invited. Selected musicians remain members until they graduate from high school.

This is a tuition Free program. 

WHAT IS THE FAME JAZZ BAND PROGRAM?

The FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP) is more than just a band. It was established in 2015 as a community-based, year-round program that improves students’ musicianship and appreciation for Jazz. The program serves students in public, private, and home schools regardless of social or economic need. Students with strong music skills and an interest in jazz music and who also want to improve their academic performance are encouraged to apply. 

The FAME Jazz Band Program provides opportunities for students to showcase their talents, increase their academic skills, and learn the discipline needed for college and career success. All participants are selected through a live audition. Students perform on major stages, receive academic and college prep tutoring, and attend career readiness workshops during the school year, and participate in music technology and instrumental programs at the University of Maryland School of Music and other arts venues.

The FAME Jazz Band Artistic Director is renowned music educator and performer, Dr. Clarence Knight, and the Associate Artistic Director is educator and musician, Alphonso Jiles, ED. S., Langston Hughes, II, is the music director for the FAME Jazz Ensemble.

The FJBP is composed of three components – FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble & Musicians In Training.  The judges will recommend which component is the best fit for you, visit https://famemusic.org/programs/ for detailed information on the components.

To apply, complete the online application below and submit the following to us at Auditions@FAMEmusic.org by October 31, 2022:

Application Process

Registration Open: October 1 – October 31, 2022

Application Checklist

Submit the following to us at Auditions@FAMEmusic.org by October 31, 2022

  • Application
  • Biographical Essay
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Audition music
  • Registration Fee

Students will be notified of selection determinations the first week of November.

Application Requirements

Biographical Essay: Essays should address the following prompt in a clear and organized way.

Describe your background and musical/educational experience and address how participation in The FAME Jazz Band Program would help you achieve personal goals. Also, tell us some of your favorite musicians and what about them interests you.

Email essays as a PDF to auditions@famemusic.org by October 31, 2022. Follow the instructions and requirements below for essays based on grade level below.

For students in 9th grade and below essay requirements are:

  • Essays should be at least 250 words.
  • Should contain no grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Should address the prompt above completely.

For students in 10th grade and above essay requirements are:

  • Essays should be at least 350 words.
  • Should contain no grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Should address the prompt above completely.

Teacher Recommendations: A teacher recommendation/reference is required for each applicant. A music teacher or ensemble conductor is preferred but academic teachers, athletic teachers, or religious leaders are acceptable. The recommendation form linked HERE must be completed by October 31st.

Musical Selection Requirements

Email a PDF copy of your audition music to auditions@famemusic.org

Applicants will perform two songs of your choice that highlight your technical and musical skill. For jazz selections, feel free to use a ‘play-along’ track.  The music should not exceed three minutes each. A movement or selection of longer works is allowed. For classical selections, an accompanist is not required.  

Students will be asked to perform two to three scales of your choice.

Teacher Recommendation

A teacher recommendation is required for each applicant.  A music teacher, director or ensemble conductor is preferred. A recommendation from a STEM teacher is acceptable if you are not taking music lessons/classes. The recommendation form, click  HERE

The teacher must send the recommendation directly to auditions@FAMEmusic.org.

Audition Day Procedure

Begin with a formal introduction. You should state your name, school, instrument, city and the title of the works you will perform and if necessary what key (jazz selections only).

Solo Works: The solos of your choice should not exceed three minutes each. A movement or selection of larger works is allowed.

A non-refundable $50 application fee is due by the deadline.  There are limited scholarships available for students who present a significant financial need. Inquire at Auditions@FAMEmusic.org.

Frequently asked Questions

About FAME

FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit serving the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. FAME’s mission is to give every young musician the best opportunity to succeed in life by providing music instruction and academic support. Our programs enhance young lives through quality musical experiences and inspire young minds to take charge of their lives. FAME’s programs include:

FAME Jazz Band Program (read more below);

Summer Music Program provides safe places and structured activities for students across the country during summer months through fun music workshops that incorporate STEM learning, exposure to the college environment, and music industry related career opportunities.

The workshops include:

Music Technology, Vocal, and Jazz Band Instrumental Intensive. Music is Central supports school-day and after school music programs in local elementary, middle, and high schools by providing supplemental music instructors, materials, supplies, instruments and opportunities to share a performance stage with the FAME Jazz Band and professional musicians.

Additionally, FAME provides scholarships to public school teachers to purchase items for their classrooms and/or address student needs.

What is the FAME Jazz Band Program?

The FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP), is a tuition-free community-based year-round program that improves students’ musicianship and appreciation for Jazz, and provides opportunities for students to showcase their talents, improve their academic skills, and develop discipline needed for college and career success. The FJBP includes the FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and Musicians in Training—a component designed to build musical skills among less experienced young musicians. The FJBP was founded by FAME’s CEO, Ms. A. Toni Lewis. Visit FAMEmusic.org for more information.

Who are the FJBP Music Directors?

The FAMEJazz Band Artistic Director is renowned music educator and performer, Dr. Clarence Knight, and the Associate Artistic Director is educator and musician, Alphonso Jiles, ED. S. Langston Hughes, II, is the music director for the FAME Jazz Ensemble, and Dr. Matt Rynes is music director for the Musicians In Training.

The Founding FAME Jazz Band Artistic Director was Nat Adderley, Jr., scion of the famous jazz family and international jazz pianist. He is best known for his award-winning work as musical director, composer, and arranger for music icon Luther Vandross.

Application Process

Musicians should apply and audition for the FAME Jazz Band Program online at FAMEmusic.org. All auditions are conducted by a panel of judges. FAME uses one audition for placement into all three FJBP components.

Instrumentation
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Guitar
  • Bass (electric/upright)
  • Piano
  • Drums/Percussion
Fees

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee required of all applicants due when your application is submitted. If admitted, an annual $200 program fee is due at the beginning of each season. A few scholarships are available for those who present a significant financial need. Inquire at auditions@famemusic.org or 301-805-5358 if you feel you meet the criteria. Payments may be made via major credit card, PayPal, Cash App ($FAMEMUSIC) or check. Checks must be received before the audition is scheduled.

How is the FAME Jazz Band Program Funded?

Funding is made possible by monetary donations from individuals, and in-kind donations and grants from the Prince George’s County Government, University of Maryland College Park School of Music, United Parcel Service (UPS), PEPCO, and other foundations and corporations.

Rehearsals & Performances.

After a successful audition students are placed in either the FAME Jazz Band or the Musicians in Training. Sectionals and Music Theory are held on Wednesday after school at FAME-Wise, our satellite location at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. Events, recitals and other activities take place at various venues such as the University of Maryland College Park’s School of Music, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and MNCPPC facilities.

Currently, music activities are held in person in compliance with the State of Maryland and Center for Disease Control recommendations to ensure the safety of all students and staff. One on One Math Tutoring sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday after school. Our academic partner is Innovative Study Techniques (IST). During the pandemic some activities were conducted through distance learning via our FAME Online Learning Portal.

Parental Commitment

Parents are required to attend and participate in parent-student meetings and support annual FAME programs and activities.

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