The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide an educational environment and opportunity for young musicians to experience and perform jazz music.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra (BBJYO) was created as a partnership between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation, and Jazz Encounters in April, 2017. BBJYO rehearses in the historical Bethesda Theatre, now home to the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. BBJYO is under the direction of saxophonist and music educator, Fred Foss.

Foss is a native New Yorker who started studying music at the age of 19. He has performed with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand, Tito Puente, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. Foss also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has taught music at the Filmore School and the University of Maryland. Mr. Foss created the Fred Foss Youth Orchestra which performed in Cuba’s Havana Jazz Festival. Foss enjoys teaching his knowledge and wisdom to young musicians who, in many cases, become professional musicians. BBJYO musicians have the opportunity to learn from a jazz master.

The Bethesda Theatre was built in 1938 as an art deco movie theater. It is now registered as a national historic site. Home to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the space is a 500 seat live music venue.

BBJYO is comprised of 20 brilliant musicians from the ages of 11-17. Please contact us for information about auditions and performances.

For information contact:

Michelle Holly  | Administrative Coordinator

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Foundation

7719 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Ph: 240-330-4500  E-mail: