MMDA Summer Jazz Ensemble | MMA - Music Academy
(732) 223-2121

233 E Main St 08736

MMA Summer Jazz Ensemble


Manasquan Music Academy in Manasquan will hold auditions for the annual Summer 2022, MMA Summer Jazz Ensemble. MMA Summer Jazz Ensemble is an audition-only instrumental music study intensive, providing students with the opportunity to explore the vast and diverse world of jazz. Led by Wall Intermediate School Band Director Steve Bryant; Bordentown Regional Band Director Mike Montalto; and Manasquan High School Band Director Ryan Wiemken, the MMA Summer Jazz Ensemble will select up to twenty-one 8th-12th grade students to join the ensemble, which includes intensive instruction through an affordable tuition based four-week Summer course. This program offers opportunity for student musicians to be exposed to all areas of Jazz repertoire, encourage the practice through the summer months and provide performance opportunity.


Call 732-223-2121 or click here to enroll!

MMA Summer Jazz Band Grades 6-9


This class is a month-long commitment every Monday and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 starting Wednesday July 6th, culminating in two amazing community performances on July 28th at Manasquan Fireman's Fair and July 29th at the “SeaShell” Outdoor concert stage Point Pleasant Beach.

The class will explore Big Band Jazz and is a great opportunity to meet musicians from the shore area! The group is led by Band Directors Stephen Bryant ( Wall Township) Ryan Wiemkin ( Manasquan)


Prerequisites for the group:

Scale proficiency in several Keys ( Bb, Eb, Ab and F major)
The ability to read music at grade level 1.5
A desire to make music!


Call 732-223-2121 or click here to enroll!


Audition: Thursday, June 30th 2022 (video auditions are an option if circumstances prevent students from making the audition date, approval required)

Shortly after registration, you will be emailed your audition time.

Location: Manasquan Music and Dance Academy

233 East Main Street Manasquan, NJ 08736

Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The application deadline is Monday, June 27th, 2022. There is a $25 fee to audition and if accepted into the ensemble, this will apply towards the summer four week program. The ensemble is open to all students currently in 8th to 12th grade.

Grades: 8th to 12th

Tuition (due upon acceptance):

  • Jazz ensemble $225 (minus $25 audition fee)
  • Jazz Band $175 (minus $25 audition fee)
  • Include 1 month of lessons for only $75



All students auditioning must play the Jazz Etude.

Please download the Jazz Etude by clicking on your instrument below.


Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone









  • Rhythm section must also perform additional rhythm section material.
  • ALL APPLICANTS interested for improvised solo consideration must demonstrate soloing over the B-flat blues progression.
  • ALL DRUMMERS must also demonstrate the following styles, swing with brushes, rock/funk, and Latin.


For audition material questions please email:



Mondays & Wednesdays: July 6th – July 27th (July 4th is observed on Monday, July 5th in 2021. The Jazz Ensemble will have a rehearsal on Tuesday, July 6th.)

Location: All rehearsals will take place at the MMA Studio

233 E. Main St. Manasquan, NJ 08736

Time: 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Instructors/Directors: Mike Montalto/Steve Bryant/Ryan Wiemken



July 28th: The Manasquan Firemans Fair 

July 29th: The Bandshell, Point Pleasant Beach 

Time: TBD