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List of Maryland Music Groups

This is a list of Maryland music groups, consisting of groups of Marylanders who are musically notable, musically notable groups of people with a connection to Maryland, and other groups who are notable within the music of Maryland. Groups listed may be relevant to the state of Maryland, the Province of Maryland or the area now known as Maryland before it was either a state or colony.

Name Notes Reference Image
Against Nature Baltimore-based doom metal band, consisting of John Brenner, Bert Hall and Steve Branagan
Alcian Blue Takoma Park based shoegaze/electro new wave band consisting of Sam Chintha, Jacob Reid, Kim Reid, Clark Stacy, and Matt Welsh. [1]
All Time Low Towson-based pop punk band, consisting of Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson
Angel Du$t A Baltimore-based hardcore punk band
Animal Collective Neo-psychedelia group originally from Baltimore [2] Animal Collective - Indie rock group.jpg
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Annapolis-based symphony
Arion Band Community band based in Frostburg, established in 1877
Bad Seed Rising Hard rock band based in Frederick, established in 2012
Bag of Humans Metal band based in Baltimore, established in 2002
The Bakerton Group Sideproject of Germantown-based stoner rock band Clutch
Ballyhoo! An Aberdeen, Maryland based punk/pop/reggae band
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Chamber orchestra, based in Baltimore, led by Music Director Markand Thakar.
Baltimore Colored Chorus African American chorus, founded by Charles L. Harris, from 1929 to 1939 [3]
Baltimore Colored City Band African American group, led by A. Jack Thomas [4]
Baltimore Colored Symphony Orchestra African American orchestra, founded by Charles L. Harris, from 1929 to 1939 [3]
Baltimore Opera Company Baltimore-based opera company
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Baltimore-based symphony
Baltimore's Marching Ravens The official marching band of the Baltimore Ravens American football team. They were founded as the Baltimore Colts' Marching Band on September 7, 1947 and have continuously operated ever since, supporting three separate football franchises. [5] Baltimore's Marching Ravens.jpg
Barefoot Johnny Baltimore-based Rock N Roll band
Beach House Indie rock duo from Baltimore, consisting of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand Beachhouse1.jpg
The Blentones African American vocal group from Baltimore [6]
The Braxtons R&B group from Severn, consisting of Toni Braxton and her sisters
Breathing Walker Emo band based in Annapolis, consisting originally of Jonathan Vance and Mark Laurence of Moss Icon, with Alex Badertscher, Zak Fusciello and Tim Horner, later adding Monica DiGalleonardo and Tonie Joy, both of Moss Icon [7]
Brothers Osborne Country music duo from Deale, Maryland.
The Buddies African American vocal group from Baltimore, with Savoy Records, consisting of Leon "Larry" Harrison, who formed the group after the dissolution of The Four Buddies, with Roger Wainwright, Luther Dixon and Danny Ferguson [6][8]
The Cardinals African American vocal group from Baltimore, with Atlantic Records [6]
Celebration Baltimore-based rock band, consisting of Katrina Ford, Sean Antanaitis and David Bergander
Central Maryland Chorale Vocal classical group, based in Laurel, and having evolved from the Laurel Oratorio Society
Channels Baltimore-based rock band, consisting of J. Robbins, Darren Zentek and Janet Morgan
Charm City Saints Baltimore-based Celtic punk rock band
Cinder Road American rock band from Lutherville, Maryland
Clutch Germantown-based metal band Clutchband.jpg
Columbia Concert Band Performance group based in Columbia [9]
Columbia Jazz Band Performance group based in Columbia [9]
Dan Deacon Baltimore-based composer and electronic musician
Dead Atlantic Baltimore-based thrashcore band
Dog Fashion Disco Rockville-based experimental band Dfdfarewell.JPG
Double Dagger Baltimore-based rock band, consisting of Nolen Strals, Brian Dubin, Denny Bowen and Bruce Willen
Dying Fetus Annapolis-based death metal band, originally consisting of John Gallagher, Sean Beasley and Trey Williams
Earthride Maryland-based doom metal band, consisting of Dave Sherman, Kyle Van Steinberg, Rob Hampshire and Eric Little Earthride.jpg
Electric Brigade Rock band with the United States Naval Academy Band [10]
Fang Baltimore-based hardcore punk band [11]
The Four Buddies African American vocal group from Baltimore, with Savoy Records, consisting of Leon "Larry" Harrison, William "Tommy" Carter, Vernon "Bert" Palmer and John "Gregory" Carroll, with the latter two replaced shortly before breaking up in 1953, by Alvin Bowen and Maurice Hicks. [6][8]
Future Islands Indie synthpop band from Baltimore signed to 4AD [12]
Good Charlotte Pop punk band originally from Waldorf, consisting of Joel and Benji Madden, Billy Martin, Paul Thomas and Dean Butterworth [13] GoodcharlotteinKL.JPG
The Greenberry Woods Power pop band from the 1990s, consisting of Matt and Brandt Huseman, Ira Katz and Miles Rosen
Half Japanese Punk band from Uniontown, consisting of Jad and David Fair, Mark Jickling and Ricky and John Dreyfuss [14] Half Japanese Sxsw 2008.JPG
Handel Choir of Baltimore Baltimore-based oratorio society that specializes in baroque, classical and early romantic music [15]
Harmony Express Men's Chorus 4-part a cappella men's chorus based in Germantown, Maryland.
Have Mercy An American rock band from Baltimore, Maryland currently signed to Hopeless Records.
The Hated Annapolis-based punk band, originally consisting of Mike Bonner, Erik Fisher, Daniel Littleton, and Colin Meeder
The Hidden Hand Potomac-based doom metal band, led by Scott Weinrich with Matt Moulis and Bruce Falkinburg
Internal Void Maryland-based doom metal band, consisting of J. D. Williams, Kelly Carmichael, Adam Heinzmann, and Mike Smail
IronChrist Crossover speed metal/punk band, based in Annapolis, MD. Consisting of Ned Westrick, Tristan Lentz, Scott Truede and Mike Bullock.
Iron Man Doom metal band, based in Maryland, led by Alfred Morris III
Jarflys Side-project for Jimmie's Chicken Shack frontman Jimi Haha
Jimmie's Chicken Shack Annapolis-based alternative rock band
John Ridgely Jazzers First band to call its music jazz in Baltimore, led by John Ridgely, and also known as Ridgely 400 Society Jazz Band, with Lewis Flagg, John Tinner, Carlos Dowsy, Rivers Chambers and Alfred Hughes [4]
Kix Hagerstown-based metal band that had a gold single with "Don't Close Your Eyes" in 1988, consisting of Ronnie Younkins, Brian Forsythe, Donnie Purnell and Donnie Spence, and later Steve Whiteman and Jimmy Chalfant [16]
Lake Trout rock, ambient, jazz.
Laurel Oratorio Society Classical group, founded in 1969, eventually became the Central Maryland Chorale. [17]
Lungfish Baltimore-area punk band, consisting of Daniel Higgs, Asa Osborne, Sean Meadows, Mitchell Feldstein, John Chriest and Nathan Bell
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Organization that runs a harp ensemble, several chamber ensembles, two string orchestras and three full orchestras, constituting a total of five groups: the Chamber Strings (a string orchestra containing kids grade 4 through 6, founded in 1995), the Young Artists (a full orchestra containing kids grade 6 through 8), the Symphony (a full orchestra containing kids grade 7 through 9), the Philharmonic orchestra (a full orchestra containing kids grade 10 through 12), and the Sinfonia (Grades 10-12).
The Marylanders African American doo wop group [6]
Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night Award winning country band based out of Frederick, MD. [18][19][20]
Misery Index Baltimore-area deathgrind band, consisting of Jason Netherton, Sparky Voyles, Mark Kloeppel and Adam Jarvis MiseryIndex band1.jpg
Moss Icon Early emo band from Annapolis, consisting of Tonie Joy, Jonathan Vance, Monica DiGialleonardo, Mark Laurence, later including Alex Badertscher [7]
The Obsessed Potomac-based doom metal band, led by Scott Weinrich with Scott Reeder, Guy Pinhas, Greg Rogers, Mark Laue, Ed Gulli and Dale Crover
...Of a Revolution (O.A.R.) Jam band from Rockville, consisting of Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On, Benj Gershman, Jerry DePizzo, and Mikel Paris OAR at Slope Day 2004 Cornell.jpg
The Orioles Pioneering Baltimore-based doo wop group, consisting of Sonny Til (lead tenor), Alexander sharp (high tenor), George Nelson (baritone), Tommy Gaither (guitar) and Johnny Reed (double bass and bass vocals), originally known as The Vibranaires [21]
The Peppermint Rainbow Baltimore-based psychedelic band
Periphery Progressive metal band from Bethesda, consisting of Misha "Bulb" Mansoor, Matt Halpern, Jake Bowen, Mark Holcomb, Adam "Nolly" Getgood, and Spencer Sotelo.
The Plants African American doo wop group, with J&S Records, from the mid-20th century, consisting of James Lawson (musician) (baritone), Thuman Thrower (bass), Steve McDowell (first tenor) and George Jackson (musician) (lead) [6][22]
Polkadot Cadaver Rockville-based experimental band, consisting of Todd Smith, Jasan Stepp and John Ensminger
Pride of Baltimore Chorus Baltimore-based award-winning Sweet Adelines International Barbershop chorus.
The Ravyns Maryland-based band that appeared on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack
Reptile House Baltimore-based early emo band, consisting of Daniel Higgs and London May
Revelation Maryland-based doom metal band, consisting of John Brenner, Bert Hall, Josh Hart, Andy Kremer, Mike Theiss, and Steve Branagan [23]
Rivers Chambers Orchestra Jazz band led by Rivers Chambers [4]
Rohrersville Cornet Band Rohrersville-based cornet band that claims[] to be the oldest community music organization in the Rohersvilleband1908.jpg
Royal Men of Rhythm Tracy McCleary's band at The Royal in Baltimore [4] [Scary Bare] Baltimore based punk band
Shadow Call Hard Rock/Modern Rock Band Founded in 2010 Baltimore, MD

The Skunks Ska band from Hyattsville
The Sonnets African American vocal group from Baltimore [6]
Stacked Like Pancakes Brass-rock and ska band from Towson, Maryland founded in 2007
Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Symphony based in Harford County, founded in 1978 [24]
Symphony Number One Baltimore-based chamber orchestra devoted to works by emerging composers
The Swallows African American doo wop group from Baltimore, consisting of Eddie Rich, Frederick Johnson, Herman "Junior" Denby, Norris "Bunky" Mack, and Earl Hurley in its most well-known incarnation [25]
Tidal Wave Rock band with the United States Naval Academy Band [10]
The Track Record Annapolis-area pop punk band, consisting of Michael Strackbein, Rob Elson, Hasani Martin and Rob Viti
Trapped Under Ice Baltimore-based Hardcore punk band, consisting of Justice Tripp, Sam Trapkin, Brad Hyra, Jared Carman, and Brendan Yates.
Turnstile Baltimore-based Hardcore punk band and Trapped Under Ice side project consisting of Brendan Yates, Babydick Franz, Daniel Fang, Brady Ebert, and Sean Cullen
United States Naval Academy Band Band based at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis [10]
Unorthodox Maryland-based doom metal band, consisting of Dale Flood, Gary Isom and Mark Ammen
Void Punk band from Columbia, consisting of John Weiffenbach, Bubba Dupree, Chris Stover, and Sean Finnegan
Vigil Alternative rock band from Baltimore, consisting of Jo Connor, Andy R, X Factor, and Gregg Maizel. Appeared on the A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master soundtrack
Wretched Maryland-based doom metal band, consisting of Dave Sherman, Jeff Parsons, Dale Flood, John Koutsioukis, Cougin, Gus Baslika and Mike Phillips
Wye Oak Baltimore indie folk / folk-rock duo named in honor of the former state tree of Maryland
Yukon Baltimore-based rock band, consisting of Sam Garrett, Nick Podgurski and Brad Smith
Raghav Khadka Columbia-based Musician

See also


  • Hale, Mark (1993). Headbangers: The Worldwide MegaBook of Heavy Metal Bands. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink. ISBN 1560750294.


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