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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 Closed*

(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. 

Cost is $360 plus a $75 registration fee**.

**2021-2022 returning students are exempt from needing the pay the registration fee again

Scholarships and flexible payment options available. 

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

*Will be taking new students mid season depending on space. Email for more information

Updated COVID policy 9.26.22:

Students will not need to provide proof of vaccine to join the BWS Youth Jazz school year program for 2022-2023. Students, whether they are vaccinated or not, who have COVID, show symptoms of COVID, or are exposed to COVID, need to provide negative test results to the music director prior to returning. Please consult with the music director for further clarification. Free tests may be available at:

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.