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Bremerton WestSound Symphony

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Youth Jazz

Upcoming Performances

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Spring Showcase 

Sunday, June 9th, 2024, 3:00pm
Roxy Theatre

270 4th St, Bremerton, WA 98337

Enjoy these clips from previous performances!  


All instruments are welcome!

Ages 10 - 18

Sundays 5-7 pm

North Point Church, Poulsbo

Enrollment Open

Spring Semester Starts February 18,

Enroll Now!

No jazz experience is needed, but students should have started playing an instrument during the 2022-23 school year or earlier.

There is no audition requirement, but students will be assessed by the director for best placement. 

Cost is $200 per semester 

Semester 1: Sept 24-Feb 4 CLOSED

 Semester 2: Feb 18-Jun 9 OPEN

or $350 for 2 semesters

Sep 24-Jun 9

Scholarships are available.

Click here to fill out an application to be considered for scholarships 

Email for questions or more information


Youth Jazz Director

Derick Polk grew up on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and attended two universities in the city: DePaul University, where he earned a degree in music theory, and Northwestern Illinois University, where he earned his degree in music education.

His military career took him out of Chicago and allowed him to explore other parts of the world, such as Italy and Japan, and gave him further opportunities for performance and conducting.

Derick plays tuba in addition to bass, and listens to a wide range of music, including rock, jazz, hip hop, country, and classical. The two most influential musicians in his life are Von Freeman and Fred Anderson, both Chicago jazz legends. 

We have been so grateful to have Derick as the director of the BWS Youth Jazz Ensemble. He has said that this group allows him to give forward. By sharing his experience and wisdom, he is helping to shape the next generation of musicians and keep music alive and well in our community.

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