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Summer Jazz Ensemble 2023


Manasquan Music Academy will hold auditions for the annual 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 an opportunity for student musicians to be exposed to all areas of Jazz repertoire, encourage the practice through the summer months and provide performance opportunities.



Audition: June 28, June 29th (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 Academy
233 East Main Street Manasquan, NJ 08736

The application deadline is June 23rd. There is a $25 fee to audition and if accepted into the ensemble, this will apply towards the four week summer program. The ensemble is open to all students currently in 8th to 12th grade.
Grades: 8th to 12th

Tuition (due upon acceptance):


All students auditioning must play the Jazz Etude.

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

  • 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 5th – July 26th

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 27th: The Manasquan Fireman’s Fair Start Time: 6:30pm

July 29th: The Bandshell, Point Pleasant Beach Time Start Time: 7:00pm