Bremerton WestSound Symphony

Youth Jazz

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All instruments are welcome!

Ages 10 - 18

Sundays 5-7 pm

September 11, 2022 - May 21, 2023

North Point Church, Poulsbo

Enrollment Opens mid-August

(This is for school year program only)

No jazz experience is needed, but students should have started playing an instrument during the 2021-22 school year or earlier.*

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

Scholarships and flexible payment options available. 

Email for more info:

Click to purchase the initial registration fee and secure your placement

Students participating in our 2022-2023 BWS Youth Jazz school year program will need to show proof of vaccination prior to attendance OR proof of negative test (rapid okay) prior to each rehearsal or performance. 

For vaccinated students, please bring a copy of your card to your first rehearsal OR email a copy of the card to and/or

For those choosing to test, details instructions will be sent to you in advance of your first rehearsal.  

Enjoy these clips from previous performances!  


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.