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Three Holiday Performances Announced

dsc_0713The orchestra is gearing up for an exciting December with several holiday themed performances scheduled.  We will be playing festive holiday music, along with our popular rock, pop, Motown and jazz songs at these performances. Holiday favorites, including Bruce Springstein’s Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Chucky Berry’s Run Rudolph Run, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve in Sarajevo, as well as Christmas music from the Big Band era will be featured.

The orchestra’s first winter event will be a private concert for patients and staff at Springfield Hospital in Sykesville on December 8th.

The second performance will be held at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster on Saturday, December 13th from 1:30-2:30 PM. The public is encouraged to attend this performance, which supports Carroll County Hospice during their Season to Remember. Both parking and admission are free.

The orchestra will wrap up the holiday season with a performance at the Christmas Village in Baltimore on Saturday, December 20th from 3:15-5:15 PM. The orchestra will perform inside the Christmas Village’s heated tent at the Inner Harbor, next to the Maryland Science Center. Entrance to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 7-18. The concert will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

For more details, click on any of these events in our calendar. We hope you will join us for our exciting holiday themed concerts at Carroll Hospital Center and the Baltimore Inner Harbor this December!

April brought several gigs and the JoeyDCares Peeps Orchestra

JDRF 2014We had a busy April supporting four different charities! We started off at the beginning of the month performing for the JDRF Walk at Raven’s stadium.  It was a cool, windy morning, but we warmed the walkers up with Michael Jackson’s Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (see it on YouTube!) and played many other hits that the attendees enjoyed.  The following weekend we performed for the MS Walk at the Frederick Key’s Stadium.  Libby nailed the singing of the National Anthem again, and it was a bit warmer than the previous week!  We ended the month with a much appreciated performance for Springfield Hospital’s patients and staff. See pictures from these events in our photo galleries!

PeepsIn addition, the orchestra submitted an entry for the Carroll Arts Center’s Peep Show to support the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.  We’re not sure yet if Taylor minded being posed as a purple bunny in front of his drum set, but the JoeyDCares Peeps Orchestra was certainly a hit!

Now we are focusing on getting ready for our big Rockin’ the Cause concert for the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation on June 1st!  Have you gotten your tickets yet? It’s sure to be a fun, exciting event with great music, fun participation, raffles and food!


Shake Your Body


Rockin’ the Cause 2014 will support the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation

We are pleased to announce that our annual signature benefit concert, Rockin’ the Cause 2014, will be supporting a very local charity, the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation.  This foundation was created in memory of Nathan Chris Baker, a kindergartener at Mechanicsville Elementary School in Sykesville, MD.

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation endeavors to spread Nathan’s greatness by inspiring people to “Go Out and Be Great.”  The foundation strives to support communities, families and individuals in need of both financial and emotional support.  They have supported others through a wide variety of efforts: They have distributed care packages to individuals and families experiencing emotional and physical hardships; provided scholarships to children for local sports programs; provided financial assistance for the adoption process to unite orphans with their forever families; and helped build playgrounds for the community.  Their newest project is Days of Greatness, where they give families or individuals who are struggling (for example a family battling a disease) a fun and memorable day out to give them a chance to put their troubles aside, cherish some special time together, and get a break from reality.

At the exciting Rockin’ the Cause 2014 benefit concert, the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra will perform a popular mix of Rock, Pop, Motown and Jazz, including several songs new to the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra this year.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. More details on this exciting benefit concert, including ticket information, will be posted on this website, on Facebook and on Twitter.  We are looking forward to seeing you at Rockin’ the Cause 2014 on June 1st !

Successful Open House Rehearsal

Alex singing on stage in front of the whole group of musicians
We perform popular crowd pleasing hits from many genres: Rock, Motown, Jazz, Big Band, Pop, and more.

On January 17th in the Century High auditorium we held an Open House Rehearsal event.  The community was invited to come out to a rehearsal and listen, or even join in on stage for the evening.  Members spread the word, and an article in The Advocate of Eldersburg & Sykesville helped get the word out as well.

The rehearsal was a great success!  We had 12 guest instrumentalists on stage, as well as many members of the community in the audience who came out to listen.

If you missed this open rehearsal, you can still come check us out at any rehearsal on our calendar. While we made this one rehearsal a special event and addressed the audience more, really all of our rehearsals are open!  Interested members of the community can always come out to a rehearsal, either just to listen or to try out the group as an instrumentalist or singer for the evening.  Just email Mr. Dundore and let him know you are coming.

Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor

December 23, 2013

We performed at the Baltimore Inner Harbor at the Christmas Village on December 21st in support of Santa Claus Anonymous. The atmosphere was very festive, and the place was packed! Everyone did a great job. It was a lot of fun, and we really knocked the gig out of the park!

The Christmas Village was very excited to have us, and they mentioned us a lot on their Christmas Village websiteand Christmas Village Facebook page.  We were also featured in an article in the Carroll County Times about our  performance.

Thanks to all our members for cramming onto that small stage. I know it was tough but you met the challenge head on and did very well. On the bright side, keeping everyone close makes it easier to communicate to everyone, and good sound as a group comes from everyone being able to hear each other. Maybe being so close yesterday was a happy accident.

It’s all kind of coming together.   We’ve been playing for three years now which means we’ve built a repertoire of songs that we play well at a quantity that allows us to play for an entire 2 hour gig. Commitment letters and auditioning may be helping us to take it up a notch and be more serious about our music.

We are going to continue to perform thinking about what is best for the audience. We’ll rehearse with challenging music that we may not know, but perform with songs that we have down tight. When the challenging songs we work on at rehearsal sound great, we’ll add them to the set list.

A shout out to the Junior Members. At the gigs they cheer us on, dance, and help as much as they can with moving equipment etc. To the members, parents, friends, family, fans, those behind the scenes and more, thank you for all you do!

See Photos from Christmas Village 2013

Holiday Season is in Full Swing

December 9, 2013

The JDCRO has a busy holiday season supporting charities this year! Our performances November 29th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds for the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees and December 6th at Carroll Hospital Center for Carroll Hospice’s A Season to Remember were hits!

In addition to many Rock, Pop and Motown songs from our repertoire, we have been rocking new songs at these events, including Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Big Band Holiday, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve in Sarajevo. And we even added Hawaii 5-0 to warm us up a little!

Pictures from both shows are now posted.

We are looking forward to our next performance on December 21st, 4:30 PM at the Christmas Village in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor supporting Santa Claus Anonymous!


JDCRO Receives Community Arts Grant

September 20, 2013

The JDCRO is proud to be a recipient of the competitive Community Arts Development grant provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Carroll County Arts Council. The grant program is designed to “help strengthen local arts organizations and enhance cultural opportunities” for residents. The funds received will be used by the orchestra’s Sound & Tech Crew to purchase storage cases for the risers used during performances.

This is the 3rd year that the JDCRO has received this grant. The Carroll County Arts Council said in a letter to the orchestra, “We are getting more and more applicants each year, and the field is becoming quite competitive, so you should be very proud of this award.” See the related article in the Advocate online or look on page 8 of this week’s print Advocate of Eldersburg & Sykesville newspaper.

Rita’s Fundraiser

September 18, 2013

Our fundraister at Rita’s on Monday was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the JDCRO.  We had a great turnout of supporters!

During the fundraiser, the orchestra provided entertainment for an hour and then went on to enjoy Rita’s treats.  Since this was a fall session event without most of our high school musicians, middle school musicians had the opportunity to take center stage!

JDCRO fundraisers help cover expenses, such as equipment, transportation, storage, facility rental, publicity, printing, Copyrights and more.

Pictures from Rita’s fundraiser taken by our new photographer, Ms. Anita White, are now posted!

Wounded Warrior


The Wounded Warrior Project show (Rockin’ the Cause 2013) hosted by the orchestra on June 22, 2013 was a great success! 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, raffles, and direct donations were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This was the second time we supported the Wounded Warrior Project in this way.

Some videos from the show are on the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra’s YouTube Channel.   A gallery of pictures from the Wounded Warrior 2013 Show is also up on the website. It was fantastic to be able to put on a great quality show two years in a row and say that we’ve raised over $20,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project!

We presented a check for $10,000 at the Wounded Warrior Project Washington D.C. Office on August 5th. In attendance at the presentation were board members Dave Balch (President), Tom Luther (Vice President), and Carol Good (Secretary).

Reflecting on this past year, I’ve seen so many people step up this year, including students and parents.

Logan has done a great job with the trumpet section. Getting everyone to take things up a notch and take what we do more seriously.

The help of the Corthells was big this year. It was great having that extra help with putting all of the equipment away at all of our gigs, and having more stage hands to get what was needed with the curtain and the video screen at Saturday’s Show. Working on the stage crew is just as important as being a musician! And much needed!

Jeremiah Schofield for getting us off the ground with a great flyer and some new ideas that wound up sticking through to the final program.

Kate Beller has always done a fantastic job of record keeping throughout the years on our budget and money raised.

Scott and Melanie Kaffl do an outstanding job with storing our equipment, getting the stage ready and finding the most unique way of fixing problems that go on behind the scenes.

Dave Balch does a little bit of everything. Coordinating most of the show, running sound, and bringing everything together as President of the board. I think a big take away from one of the things he did was the idea of sponsorships. We had about half or more of the total money raised for our goal before we started because of the sponsorships we got. We couldn’t do it without him!

Whitney Frey always gets us great gigs. Love the out of the box thinking!

Tiffany Yetman did a wonderful job on the raffle baskets this year.

Neil was outstanding as our host! Kept things moving, entertaining and also had some great videos to show!

Glen Lee is a musician I highly respect and admire, and it was great for me to chew on his ear about musical ideas and so on with the band this year.

Maria Stoneroad did a great job volunteering to organize the lobby. Everything ran smoothly there!

Grant and Claire helped throughout the year getting thoughts from the student members relayed to the board members.

Our Junior Members did well with their part of the concert, and I am really pleased that our older students have taken our younger students in and helped them find their place in the group. Junior Members, please remember what they are doing for you, because one day it will be your turn to do it for someone else.

Libby and Alex’s performances were outstanding! Alex can reincarnate anyone, and Libby’s vocals are right on. How about that National Anthem! Outstanding singing to a very difficult song!

Anna’s first performance on the big stage was great! She has come a long way!

Trumpet, saxophone and clarinet horn pops were awesome! The “Circle-Square” Technique is the best!

Loved all of the solos! Libby – clarinet, Grant – saxophone, Frank – saxophone, Carol and Logan – Trumpet, Taylor – drums, John – Guitar

John did great this year on guitar! He had some tough shoes to fill.

Every musician and behind the scenes person did a great job throughout the year! We continue to surprise our audiences with the professional sound and crowd participation we give.

Thank you to seniors Grant and Taylor for starting and being a part of a group that had no real benefits at the beginning other than maybe it could be fun. I thought it was extremely hard to get high school students involved at the beginning because there are a lot of neat things to do in high school (drama, band etc.), and we were just getting started. You adding another thing to your plate that really wasn’t established meant a lot to me. It was you two and Kristen who started with us before I opened it up to middle school. Thank you for believing in what we could become.

Anyone who wants to help with anything, please let me know!


Really everyone has just continued to amaze me and has done so much work for this group. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes to make something like this work. I am just thankful for everyone who has put their hat in and given their time and talents.

It’s a very rewarding thing to see the group grow, as well as the kids, some of whom I started teaching since they were in 6th grade. I’ve always believed that you all had the ability to get to where we are today.

I try to take a group of kids and put them in front of an audience and expect a level of professionalism that people would pay to see, because I believe in your talent and your eagerness to learn.

I’ve given you brand new songs this year and asked you to learn them in about 1 month because I knew that you had the ability to do so. My belief in your talent hopefully says something to the character and work ethic you all have. You all work very hard to be in this group and I am thankful for it every day. A student musician has a lot on their plate. Not only are they learning an instrument and the language of music, they are expected to do well in school.

Always work hard and the dreams that you have will come true. You are my dream. Through the ups and downs of the storm, come you, who are the rainbow!

Mr. D