FAME Jazz Band Program
The FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP) is a component of FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc, a nonprofit based in Prince George’s County Maryland. The FJBP was established in 2015 by FAME’s Founder and CEO, A. Toni Lewis with support and expertise from national and local educators and musicians, and the Prince George’s County Government.
The FAME Jazz Band Program 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, increase their academic skills, and learn the discipline for college and career success. The FJBP includes three components: FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and the Musicians in Training—a new component designed to build musical skills among developing young musicians. The FAME Jazz Band’s Artistic Director is renowned music educator and performer, Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Jr. and the Associate Artistic Director is educator and musician, Alphonso Jiles, ED.S. Langston Hughes II is the FAME Jazz Ensemble’s Music Director, and Dr. Matt Rynes is Music Director of the Musicians In Training.
The Founding FAME Jazz Band Artistic Director is Nat Adderley, Jr., scion of the famed jazz family and international jazz pianist best known for his award-winning work as musical director, composer, and arranger for music icon Luther Vandross.
The FAME Jazz Band released its first CD in 2019. Click here to Listen.