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December 03, 2014

Piot Named to 2015 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra Roster

Aaron Piot, trumpeter of Charleroi, PA, has been named to the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO), an initiative of the Cumberland Jazz Society, Inc.  Piot, a senior music education major, will be performing two sets at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club in New York City on January 5 and a concert on April 11 in Cumberland, MD.

Under the direction of renowned trumpeter and educator Sean Jones, chair of the department of brass at Berklee College of Music, Piot will join some of the best jazz musicians on the east coast for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  With limited rehearsals at the famous Lincoln Center in New York City, Piot says the caliber of the musicians “will be able to play the music at a high level despite only rehearsing a few hours.”

Undergraduate and graduate college students enrolled in an institution offering jazz instruction are eligible to audition for the MACJO, and students are nominated by an instructor at their host institution and are selected by a committee comprised of members of the Cumberland Jazz Society.  Piot was required to submit a 1-2 minute video showcasing his abilities of playing and improvising jazz.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity to play with some of the best collegiate jazz musicians on the east coast, especially under the direction of the one of the best jazz musicians in the entire world, Sean Jones,” stated Piot.  “I have never been to New York City. I cannot thank my teachers, friends, and family enough for helping me develop as a jazz musician, and I am excited to represent the Wesleyan community.”

Hunter Hirsh, a sophomore music education major from Morgantown, WV was named as a guitar alternate for the group.

Now in its seventh year, the MACJO has established itself as the premier collegiate all-star big band on the east coast.  With past performances in New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC, the band’s members are among the finest up and coming jazz musicians and have represented more than thirty college and university jazz programs over the years.

For information on nominating a student for the group, visit  For information about the MACJO, please email David Kauffman, MACJO coordinator, at or call 301-876-8140.

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