Annapolis Junction Big Band History
Jim Tavener, band director and lead trumpet player, founded the band in 1991.
Annapolis Junction Big Band got its name from the location of an accident that occurred in 1980 on the old Route 32
near the small town of Annapolis Junction, Maryland. No, Jim was not driving, but had a front row seat. An elderly German
couple was approaching a stop sign, traveling east on old Route 32. Expecting oncoming traffic to stop, they started up, right into the
approaching traffic. Wham! Head on into the car in which Jim was riding. The couple’s brand new MG was totaled.
They experienced only minor injuries, fortunately.
Since 1991, AJ has played private and public affairs in and around Annapolis and Baltimore, including:
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