FAME Jazz Band (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About FAME

FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit serving the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Its mission is to give every youth 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 inspires young minds to take charge of their lives. FAME’s programs include: FAME Jazz Band Program (Read more below); FAME Summer Music Program (200 youth) provides safe places and structured activities for students during summer months through fun music workshops that incorporate STEM learning, exposure to the college environment, and music industry related majors and career opportunities. The workshops include Music Technology Workshop. Vocal Workshop, Songwriting Workshop, and a Jazz Band Summer Music Intensive. Music is Central (approximately 2000 students) 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 Fame Jazz Band and professional musicians. Additionally, FAME provides scholarships to public school teachers to purchase items for their classrooms or address student needs. 

What is the FAME Jazz Band Program? The FAME Jazz Band Program (FJBP), a signature component of FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc., is a 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. This program includes the FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and Youth Musicians in Training—a new 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 is the band’s Artistic Director? The 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. 

The Founding FAME Jazz Band Artistic Director was 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 from 1981 until Vandross’ death in 2003. He is a strong supporter of FJBP.

APPLICATION PROCESS. Musicians apply for membership and audition for the FAME Jazz Band Program in front of a panel of judges. Register online at FAMEmusic.org.  

FAME Jazz Band Program Season. The season is from September through July. 


  • 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. An annual $200 program fee is due the first quarter of each Season. A few scholarships are available for those who present a significant financial need. Inquire at info@famemusic.org or 301-805-5358. Payments may be made via major credit card, PayPal or check. 

How is the FAME Jazz Band Program Funded? Funding is made possible by monetary and in-kind grants from the Prince George’s County Government, University of Maryland College Park School of Music, United Parcel Service (UPS), Pepco, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, foundations, individual donors, and other corporate sponsors. 

Rehearsals & Tutoring.  Rehearsals or sectionals are held weekly on Monday’s after school. Tutoring sessions are held on Tuesday or Wednesday after school.  All activities will be conducted through distance learning via our FAME Online Learning Portal and at various venues such as FAME-Bowie, University of Maryland College Park School of Music, and MNCPPC Park & Recreation facilities. All activities will  comply with the State of Maryland and the Center for Disease Control recommendations to ensure the safety of all students and staff!

Performances. We will participate in concerts and festivals at numerous venues throughout the year as the schedule and Federal and State rules permit. 

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