EWS Youth Jazz Band

NEW FOR 2020!! 

The new Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Jazz Band is designed to serve the needs of the area’s most talented young musicians by exploring America’s art form- fostering creativity, artistic expression, and social and emotional intelligence through the study and performance of traditional and progressive jazz literature.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in traditional and contemporary repertoire for big bands as well as focus on their combo and improvisation skills.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play some of the most exciting music there is with other students from across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.    

Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone students interested in the EWS Youth Jazz Band must also audition for and participate in the EWS Youth Band.  Students who play instruments that are not typically part of EWS Youth Band, such as bass, piano, guitar, and drum set are welcome to audition for only the EWS Youth Jazz Band.

NEW FOR 2020!!


EWS is excited to welcome a new conductor to our family.  Ron Heller will join us for the 2019-20 season as director of the newly established EWS Youth Jazz Band.  Students in the EWS Youth Jazz Band will also benefit from working with professional clinicians and musicians from the Eastern Wind Symphony.


The EWS Youth Jazz Band schedule is established to ensure it does not interfere with a typical high school band schedule.  A major goal of EWS Youth! is to support local school band programs.  EWS Youth! members should be able to participate in this group as well as fully commit to their school band programs and other high school activities such as sports, school trips, and co-curricular activities.

The 2019-20 season schedule is listed below.  All rehearsals take place on Saturdays either at Montgomery High School or Hillsborough High School in NJ.  Any schedule changes will be communicated in advance.  The “Remind” online app will be used to allow the director to communicate rehearsal reminders to the group through smart phones.

 The schedule has been designed to coordinate with the EWS Youth Band schedule to allow for participation in both.  On days where both the EWS Youth Jazz Band and EWS Youth Band rehearse, the EWS Youth Jazz Band will rehearse from 9:00 – 10:30 am and the EWS Youth Band will rehearse from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

2019-20 SCHEDULE

Audition dates:

Three audition dates are available. Your individual time and date for your audition will be provided after the audition application is submitted.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, January 1, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday rehearsal dates and times are listed. Locations will be provided before the start of the season.

NOTE: all rehearsals have been suspended at this time to protect the health and safety of our participants.  Communication regarding the remainder of the season will be provided directly to members through email.  Stay safe!

February 1, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
February 8, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
February 29, 2020 9:30-11:45 AM
March 7, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
March 14, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
April 4, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
April 25, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
May 2, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
May 9, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM
May 16, 2020 9:00-10:45 AM

The jazz band season will conclude with a concert:

Sunday, May 17 CONCERT (time tbd, mid-afternoon) featuring the EWS Youth Jazz Band the EWS Youth Band, location TBD

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