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Big Band Night

Eastern Shore Tents and Events

Any weather-related rescheduling of Big Band Night will be announced on this page no later than 3pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Saturday, July 1, 2017
RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 2, 2017
7 – 10pm, Tolchester Beach Bandstand
For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during Big Band Night. Leashed dogs are only permitted during regular operating hours.

$6 CBMM Members and member guests
$10 non-members
$2 after 8:45pm
Children ages 5 and under are free

In celebration of Independence Day, the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels is welcoming back The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its July 1 Big Band Night.

The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons asking for a return performance.

With the performance beginning at 7 p.m., the public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.

Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus. The orchestra is conducted by Michael A. Walker, a military-trained musician of the Armed Forces School of Music and former member of the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band.

The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore and D.C. Convention Centers, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Shades of Blue’s musical selections have also been featured on cable’s Music Choice Big Band and Singers & Standards channels. Music samples and more information can be found online at

CBMM’s exhibits and campus will close early at 5 p.m. for Big Band Night, and re-open at 6 p.m. for guests to enter the campus for the event. Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children under 6 free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s educational, exhibit, and boat restoration programs.

With the St. Michaels fireworks scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, the museum’s Navy Point location offers a great waterfront venue from which visitors can enjoy the fireworks. For more information, call 410-745-2916 .

See more photos of Big Band Night in this Flickr Album:
Festival: Big Band Night & Fireworks at CBMM in St. Michaels