Musicians Wanted!

Do you love jazz? 

Would you like to play with jazz stars like Sean Jones, Sullivan Fortner, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ben Williams or Warren Wolf ? 

Be a part of the DC jazz scene?

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra will be conducting virtual auditions for 11-17 year old jazz musicians on Monday, September 7 & Monday, September 14, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. All musicians are welcome to audition, but we are primarily looking for Trombone and Tenor Sax players.

Please send an email to to request an audition time. Please have some music prepared to play for the directors so that we can get an accurate idea of your musicianship. 


Choose one example from below, however, you can of course play as much as you like for us!

  • a classical piece or etude or solo part from a school ensemble 

  • a jazz piece or solo/section part from a school ensemble 

  • a piece from a Solo and Ensemble or District Band festival you’ve prepared 


We are looking for musicians who are excited about learning and performing Jazz with other young musicians!

A few notes about our Fall semester:

  • We are planning on 100% virtual rehearsals and no live performances.

  • Rehearsal time will generally be 5:00 - 6:30 PM on Mondays. The tentative rehearsal schedule is available here.

  • The rehearsals will be on Zoom.  We hope to use the "Breakout Room" feature  to allow us to rehearse/meet with the entire orchestra and also separate into smaller groups (brass, saxes, rhythm) for sectional rehearsals of charts and improvisation.

  • Some of our rehearsal days will include a 30 or 60 minute Master Class.  

    • 30 minute Master Classes will be led by Kenny, Bob, Daryl Davis (Board Member) or Elijah Balbed (Artist-in-Residence) and may include history, theory, or guided listening sessions.

    • 60 minute Master Classes will be led by national guest artists and may include instruction or listening sessions.

  • Unlike past years, where we rehearsed for live performances, we will be rehearsing this semester specifically for the production of a two video performances in December. (Check out the Spring 2020 Video here.)

  • If we can find an appropriate space, , we will consider an in-person 9-piece group rehearsal consisting of bass, drummer, pianist, guitar (, two trumpets, two saxes, one trombone, and one director. Set-up would require a 6-foot separation between all musicians.   Masks must be worn at all times by the rhythm section and by the horns when not playing, and physical distance must be maintained during breaks.