The National Jazz Workshop Concerts

Eight jazz concerts presented by the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory are free and open to the public!

Established in 2009 by Matthew Niess (Trombone Professor and Director of Jazz Studies) NJW is in its 14th year with over 1,000 participants to date.

Sunday, July 10, 7:00pm
The NJW All-Star Reunion Band
Directed by Matt Niess
After two years of being shut down the NJW All-Star Big Band is back but a little bit older!
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Monday, July 11, 1:00pm
Steve Williams’ Mighty Little Big Band
An eleven piece band playing original and classic tunes arranged by composer, arranger and saxophonist Steve Williams
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Monday, July 11, 7:00pm
The US Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble
From Washington, DC the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz ensemble. The Commodores have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the nation since 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world.
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Tuesday, July 12, 7:00pm
The Mike Tomaro Big Band
Featuring compositions from his new upcoming CD release Pittsburg based saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro leads his band with notable musicians from the Washington DC area.
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Wednesday, July 13, 1:00pm
The Eric Byrd Trio
For over twenty years The Eric Byrd Trio has traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and bebop, the trio embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style.
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Wednesday, July 13, 3:30pm
Fairfax Swing Big Band
The Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Anthony Aversano & Billy Schnepper was formed as an extension of the Fairfax Wind Symphony. The ensemble performs numerous big band selections from the 1940’s to the 2000’s for your listening and dancing pleasure.
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Thursday, July 14, 1:00pm
Joe Henson Trio with Sherrie Miracle
Featuring new compositions written for his new release  A Thousand Words Joseph Henson  is joined by the drummer Sherrie Miracle, leader of the famous Diva Big Band.
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Thursday, July 14, 7:00pm
Ashlin Parker’s Trumpet Mafia
From its organic beginnings in the summer of 2013 as a group of New Orleans trumpeters getting together at Ashlin’s apartment to share practice techniques and support each other’s continued growth, the Trumpet Mafia has become a band of creative excellence with unexpected arrangements that mix traditional jazz and hip hop styles.
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All concerts will take place in Armstrong Concert Hall:
Shenandoah University
702 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
(Free parking next to hall)

Fort Loudoun Day Living History Event

Come join us to celebrate Fort Loudoun Day. On May 18, 1756, Colonel George Washington wrote a letter to Lieutenant Colonel Adam Stephen requesting support from Captain Mercers, Captain Bells, and other Companies for 50 men skilled in masonry and carpentry to “carry on the work” of fort construction “with spirit and vigour”.

419 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia, the site of historic Fort Loudoun.

Flag Raising at 10:30

Sponsored by The French & Indian War Foundation and Colonel James Wood II chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Join us for a look back into Winchester’s history during the 1700’s via re-enactments, tours, and children’s activities. Meet George Mercers Company, Col James Wood, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guardsmen, and an Indian scout. Visit the Provincial and Ranger Camps to learn about the life of soldiers based at Fort Loudoun. Stanford Flintlock Rifle that is being raffled will be on display.

F&IW era books and merchandise for sale.

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MSV Day: Free Admission

See the MSV galleries and exhibitions for free on this special day.

National Geographic Photo Ark will only be at the MSV through Sunday, February 13—don’t miss it!

French and Indian War Weekend

Join us for a weekend of living history at the French and Indian War Weekend!

18th Century Colonial Encampments

Drilling and Musket Presentations

Two Battle/Skirmishes

Historical Interpretation of Colonial Forces in the French and Indian War

Tours of Abram’s Delight, Winchester’s oldest home

Free admission

Richard’s Peach Festival

Family Fun Day on the Farm!

FREE Admission! Join us on Sunday, August 15, from 11am – 4pm for our Peach Festival! We’ll have live music, farm food (our own burgers, farm to crust pizza, hotdogs, peach milkshakes & more), a tasting table, wine & craft beer, and of course, LOTS of peaches!

This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and spend the day in the country with us! Have fun in our petting zoo, take a ride on the hay wagon, let the kids cruise around in the barrel train, or just run around til they’re exhausted. We’ll have badminton & corn hole too.

The event is rain or shine, but no worries – there’s plenty of undercover space if a sprinkle happens along.

DC Trombone Workshop Free Concert

​The DC Trombone Workshop is an intensive, week-long program of lessons, masterclasses, seminars, rehearsals, and performances.

Founded in 2016, the workshop has grown each year in size and talent and offers an attentive and individualized experience in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley.

Enjoy a performance by The U.S. Navy Brass Quintet from The U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC!
Traditional brass quintet performing various works.

All concerts in this series are free and will take place in the Conservatory’s Armstrong Concert hall on the campus of Shenandoah University. Parking is free in Lot D next to Armstrong Hall.

For more information, contact Matt Niess, Professor of Trombone, at

“Type Your Story” Type In

In collaboration with hosts Walking Mall Poet and Sofia Syeda, InnoVault invites the current residents of the Shenandoah Valley to immerse themselves in the Type Your Story type-in.

It is a free opportunity for residents of all ages to tap into their creativity and use working typewriters to illustrate a memory or their daily lives through the written word.

The artistic and interactive space will exhibit stories, poems, and paintings by local artist, Pam Klein, that have been collected during Spring 2021, and encourages attendees to walk around the room and immerse themselves into one-page stories, lessons, and lives.

To preserve personal and diverse histories before and during the pandemic, participants will have the option to submit the collected anonymous entries into a published book!

InnoVault welcomes all ages and walks of life to type their story.
Stop by to submit an entry, check out typewriters, view paintings, or to read stories on display.

Pre-registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Lane: Lights in the Park

A new light show in Jim Barnett Park, called Holiday Lane, will be offered for our community to experience from the safety of their vehicle. The lights and holiday scenes will be installed around the road that meanders through Jim Barnett Park from the amphitheater area (Oak Drive), past the dog park and ending near the Rec Center (War Memorial Drive).

Holiday Lane will be available to drive through from 5:00-8:30 pm, seven days a week, November 30-December 20, 2020. The show is free to enter and will feature beautiful light designs, characters, and holiday decorations the entire family will love. Also, Santa is planning to stop by on weekends.