About The Baltimore Area DJ Association
The Baltimore Area Disc Jockey Association, Inc. (BADJA) was founded in 1997 by local disc jockeys who wanted to make a difference in their industry. BADJA was created on the mission, "Setting the standard for the professional mobile entertainment industry," and this ideal is one that members strive for in order to improve the marketplace for clients and entertainers alike.
BADJA members are accepted into the organization only after they are found to have met the requirements of a professional disc jockey, as determined by the Board of Directors (a true jury of their peers). If an applicant can demonstrate that he or she is an competent entertainer (after a live evaluation at an event), uses professional equipment, operates their business in a professional and fair manner, and is willing to advance the cause of the organization, the applicant is accepted into the BADJA family.
While BADJA sets and enforces the standards of local entertainers, it also acts as its own advocacy group by assisting and educating its members. BADJA members participate in monthly educational and social activities to keep them aware of changes in the industry that can benefit their companies and benefit their clients. Live demonstrations of the latest industry equipment, seminars on topics such as marketing, legal issues, insurance, and even retirement planning session, help BADJA members become better business owners and better entertainers.
One of the most important advantages of the BADJA family is the ability for members to help each other in times of need. With dozens of professional disc jockeys, the group acts like an "emergency net" if a member is unable to perform at an event for any reason. BADJA members lend aid on a larger scale as well, assisting disc jockeys nationwide in times of disaster or hardship. Members of The Baltimore Area Disc Jockey Association also give back their community by offering free or discounted entertainment for non-profit organizations sponsoring benefit events and volunteering at civic events such as Maryland Public Television telethons, street clean ups, and charity walks/runs.
In addition to its local impact, the Baltimore Area DJ Association is also a local chapter of the United States Disc Jockey Association (USDJA) and its members gain the additional benefit of being part of a community of hundreds of nationwide entertainers, as well as having access to USDJA’s own liability and DJ equipment insurance policies (having an insurance policy is a requirement of many areas hotels and upscale venues before you can start to entertain at any party).
If you are interested in receiving information from our BADJA members, please complete our availability form, and you will be contacted shortly by any member that is available for your event.
If you are a disc jockey looking to improve your business and your skills, please visit our "Details for DJs" page
1997-2000 Barry Hart *
2001-2001 Jose Castro *+
2002-2004 Larry Adler +
2005-2007 Bob Sigmon +
2008-2009 Jason Walsh ^+
2010-2011 Jose Castro *+
2012-2013 Bob Sigmon +
2014-2016 Mark Johnson +!
2017-2019 Christopher Bartosik +!
* = Lifetime BADJA Member
+ = Founding USDJA Member
^ = USDJA President & Founder
! = Bartosik finshed the second year of Johnson’s
second term (as V.P.) and was re-elected in 2018
Current Board of Directors
President: Christopher Bartosik
Vice President: Michael Pachino
Secretary/Treasurer: Cammie Adler
Program Director & Webmaster: Jason Walsh
Membership Director: Jamie Papanikos