Jazz in the Woods + Navy Commodores (Navy Jazz Band)

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Jazz in the Woods + Navy Commodores (Navy Jazz Band)

Nine HCPSS High School Jazz Bands perform a full day of FREE music ending with the Navy Commodores!

By Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 29 · 11am - 6pm EDT


The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044

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About this event

  • 7 hours
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Join the Inner Arbor Trust and the Howard County Public School System Fine Arts Office for a free full day of jazz at the 4th annual Jazz in the Woods!

Nine of HCPSS's incredible high school jazz bands will perform on the Chrysalis stage. The full day event concludes with a performance by The Navy Commodores!

About the Navy Commodores

Jazz is America's music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for 50 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. The Commodores' mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.

The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who's who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more. They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. In conjunction with the Airmen of Note (Air Force) and the Army Blues (Army), the Commodores even host their own annual jazz festival, the Joint Service Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements and fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences.

About the Inner Arbor Trust

The Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Maryland. The mission of the Inner Arbor Trust is to promote and nurture a park in a unique natural setting for a variety of arts and culture experiences that enrich the entire community. The Trust works to develop Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods into a destination arts and culture park. In addition to operating the Chrysalis amphitheater, the Trust manages a substantial portion of the Park for recreational use.

Parking / What to Expect Onsite


Parking will be assigned shortly before the event by email. If you need ADA parking, please make sure you select ADA parking during checkout.

For more information about parking please click here - https://innerarbortrust.org/location


All seating will be on the lawn. Lawn chairs are available for rent ($5 each), or you may bring a blanket or a small lawn chair with no canopy.

No Pets

No pets except service animals are permitted at this event. We will miss our four legged friends, but please do bring canine companions to events where permitted.


Restrooms are available at the top of Chrysalis hill.

*Image shows the logo of First National Bank as a Founding Partner. Partner Organization logos for Columbia Associationand Howard County Recreation and Parks.*

This celebration is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit msac.org.

*image shows an abstract version of the Maryland flag, the logo of the Maryland State Arts Council, which is part of the Department of Commerce.*


11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Student Performances

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Navy Commodores

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About the organizer

The Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity in the process of developing over 50 acres in Downtown Columbia, Maryland into an iconic arts and culture park, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. The Trust was created by the Columbia Association, Inc. to develop and manage the Park in connection with significant redevelopment in Downtown Columbia, Maryland. The Trust seeks to provide to the region an iconic arts and culture park, and everyday recreational opportunities, while preserving green-space at the center of Columbia’s Downtown development.