The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra Launching January 2017

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and Jazz Encounters are proud to announce the creation of The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra. Through the direction of the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation, Jazz Encounters will produce, manage and market the youth orchestra, with directions in music by saxophonist and music educator Fred Foss.

The focus of the BBJ Youth Orchestra’s repertoire will be modern and original arrangements of composers/arrangers such as: Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock just to name a few. Music Director Fred Foss also plans to perform compositions from other music genres that include: hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical. The BBJ Youth Orchestra will have 20 members, as well as an 8 member string section.

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation is searching for instrumentalists and vocalists, ages 10 to 16 to join its after school youth orchestra.

Auditions and rehearsals will take place at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Auditions will begin in late January 2017 and rehearsals start in March.

Announcements for audition calls will be distributed through media partners: The Sentinel Newspaper of Montgomery County, WPFW Radio in Washington, DC and Montgomery Community Media Television in Rockville, Maryland. Additional information will be available at Jazz Encounters:

For information contact:
Keri Taylor
Administrative Coordinator
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814