Date: 6:00pm EDT September 5, 2013

The US Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave

As part of its 2013-2014 Premier Artists lineup, the Washington College Concert Series presents Next Wave in a FREE Outdoor Concert in Martha Washington Square.


The US Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave, will provide an outdoor concert featuring original compositions in Martha Washington Square. Ample seating will be provided, but guests are also welcome to bring blankets and spread out across the Square and into the grass! This FREE event is sponsored by the Washington College Concert Series. It’s FREE and the WAC Concert Series will be providing FREE cotton candy, cookies, lemonade, and Rita’s Ice.

The Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, one of the Navy’s two premier big bands, is comprised of seventeen of our nation’s finest musicians. Under the leadership of Chief Musician Joe McCarthy on drums, The Next Wave has achieved national notoriety as a group sought out by jazz festivals and educational conferences throughout the county. In addition, the group has teamed up with Naval Academy Admissions on tours to New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, and Connecticut.

The band performs music from the Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis bands to more recent works by Maria Schneider, Bob Curnow, Vince Norman, Dan Cavanagh, and Darryl Brenzel. Much of Next Wave’s repertoire comes from originals/arrangements penned by some of the talented writers within the group. The Next Wave Jazz Ensemble performs in Annapolis and the surrounding communities, and has also been featured at Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, and Jazz Festivals at Georgetown University, Howard University, and Goucher College. In recent years, Next Wave has welcomed to the stage jazz greats Dave Samuels, Wayne Bergeron, Luis Hernandez, Roberto Quintero, Zaccai Curtis, and Trent Austin.

Learn More About the US Naval Academy Band


Phone: (410) 778-7839

Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Premier Artist Series, Artistic Director

Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A
Concert Series Advisory Council, Chair