Featured Ensemble Director

Clarence E. Knight, Jr.

FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Bowie, MD

Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Jr., is the Artistic Director of the FAME Jazz Band. He is a professional musician with a wealth of experience in musical theater, recordings, and performances with several luminaries such as Gladys Knight, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson Five, and many others. He is also the leader of his own band and orchestra that has performed at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, Presidential Inaugurations, and more. His experience spans over five decades. His initial experience started while attending The School of Music at Howard University where he performed as the lead alto saxophone player under the direction of “Rick” Henderson at the famed Howard Theater in Washington DC. Dr. Knight is CEO of Clarence E Knight Productions, a national musical contracting business. He was the first African American leader of a Jazz Band in the National Football League, the Washington Redskins for 15 years.

Dr. Knight is the former Chair and Professor of Music, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Bowie State University where he started the “Symphony of Soul” Band Program, the Music Technology program, and provided the vision and direction for the Fine and Performing Arts Building and redesign of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Howard University, and Educational Administration Degree from The George Washington University.

          January 26, 2019