BMS Jazz Ensemble

BMS Jazz Ensemble

The Bernardsville Middle School Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble that is comprised of advanced middle school musicians that play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drum set. Jazz Ensemble will focus on traditional and contemporary jazz selections from the big band repertoire. The Jazz Ensemble will meet on WEDNESDAYS, AFTER SCHOOL FROM 2:50-3:45 in the Band Room.

All members of the Bernardsville Middle School Jazz Ensemble are responsible for attending every rehearsal and concert performance. Practicing the instrument and listening to the audio recordings of the music at home is required in order to further develop musicianship and an understanding of jazz music.


Auditions for the 2016-17 BMS Jazz Ensemble will be held on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 from 2:50-3:45 in the BMS Band Room (218). All students in Grades 5-7 are welcome to audition. Audition music will be available to be picked up from Mr. Snyder on Monday, May 9.

Mack The Knife

Students who play the following instruments may audition: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Drum set, Piano, Guitar, Bass.


All students of the 2015-16 BMS Jazz Ensemble should work on Groovin' Hard, Birdland, Here's That Rainy Day, and Woodchopper's Ball (to be distributed on 3/30). These song's will be performed at the BMS/BHS Crimson Cafe on Saturday, April 30 at BHS, 7pm.

Upcoming Performances
Friday, May 6   Dorney Park Trip
Tuesday, May 17  Spring Concert, BHS PAC

Concert Attire
Jazz Ensemble Students are asked to dress in ALL BLACK for concert performances. Boys must wear a tie of any color of their choice.

Sound Files

Here's That Rainy Day

Groovin' Hard
Woodchopper's Ball


The BMS Jazz Ensemble will meet every WEDNESDAY in the Band Room (Room 218) from 2:50 - 3:50. All students are required to attend the MANDATORY rehearsals unless they are absent from school. The BMS Jazz Ensemble is the premiere instrumental music ensemble of Bernardsville Middle School. It is imperative that each student in the BMS Jazz Ensemble learns his/her music to the best of their ability for each rehearsal. Each student must practice diligently at their home so that they are as prepared as possible to contribute to the musical good of the ensemble. It is during ensemble rehearsals that students learn to develop their jazz style, phrasing, balance and intonation within the ensemble. Each rehearsal should and must bring forth progress from each student in order to meet our musical goals. Progress is achieved through determination, practice, effort, patience, understanding, and camaraderie within the ensemble.

All conflicts and issues should be addressed via email at least 48 hours in advance whenever possible. Mr. Snyder's email address is

If. Mr. Snyder is absent from school on the day of a rehearsal, the Jazz Ensemble will NOT meet that afternoon.

Contact Information

The best way to contact Mr. Snyder with any questions, comments, or concerns is via email. Mr. Snyder's email address is
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