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 2 Big Band Night. Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. 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.
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 $5 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.