The Bluemont Summer Concert Series kicks off this week with the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra and their mix of authentic swing music with contemporary big band songs. The concert takes place on the steps of the 1840 Frederick County Court House at 7:30 PM this Friday.
Band Bio: The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra is a 16-piece bigband ensemble, which has been performing at a variety of venues in the Shenandoah Valley region for more than 20 years.
Since its debut performance at the 1990 re-dedication of the Martinsburg WV Apollo Theater, MJO has delighted audiences of all ages with its ever-expanding library of authentic swing music and contemporary big band jazz. Equally at home on the concert stage, ballroom, and at private functions, the band features some of the area’s finest musicians.
Its ’96 European tour was highlighted by a performance for an international audience at our embassy in Vienna. More recently, this high-energy ensemble has earned standing ovations as the opening act for a Maynard Ferguson concert and as the featured big band at the Bluemont Concert Series.
Admission: While there are no advance ticket sales, requested admission for the events is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends & Seniors, and $2 for kids under 12. Bluemont is also raising money to support their year-round projects in our local schools, nursing homes, and summer evenings. To find out about donating or volunteering for the festival, visit the Bluemont website.