Algonquin Jazz Ensemble
Algonquin Jazz Ensemble

About Algonquin Jazz Ensemble

Led by Wall Intermediate School Band Director Steve Bryant and Bordentown Regional Band Director Mike Montalto, the Algonquin Jazz Ensemble will feature up to 21 musicians from 8th to 12th grade exemplified through the participation in the 2015 audition at Algonquin Arts Theatre. This is a unique opportunity for student musicians to be exposed to all areas of Jazz repertoire, encourage the practice through the summer months and provide performance opportunity through public summer performances.


Location - St. Denis School | 119 Virginia Avenue, Manasquan NJ 08736
Monday & Wednesdays - July 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th & 29th

  • The following rehearsals: July 13th, 20th & 27th will take place at
    the Manasquan Woman’s Club | 62 Main Street, Manasquan NJ 08736

Time - 6:00 to 8:15 p.m.


Algonquin Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the following locations Summer 2015

Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street, Manasquan NJ 08736
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Timeline: 7 p.m. (Running Time 90 minute)

St. Denis School
119 Virginia Avenue, Manasquan NJ 08736
Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Timeline: 7 p.m. (Running Time 90 minute)

Manasquan Main Beach, Beach Presentation
The Borough of Manasquan
Location: Main Beach, Manasquan, NJ
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. (Running Time 90 minute)

Algonquin Jazz Ensemble Application

Be advised auditions will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:

Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street
Manasquan NJ 08736

The application deadline is Monday, July 6, 2015. By submitting the application you are agreeing to the rehearsal/concert policies below. There is no fee to audition, however if accepted into the ensemble a $250.00 administrative fee will apply. The ensemble is open to all students currently in 8th to 12th grade.


*The PDF application must be mailed by July 2, 2015 in order to meet the July 7, 2015 deadline.

Mail Application:
Algonquin Arts Theatre
Attn: Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education
173 Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736

All students auditioning must play the Jazz Etude.
Please download the Jazz Etude here.

Alto Saxophone (Eb Audition Piece)
Tenor Saxophone (Bb Audition Piece)
Baritone Saxophone (Eb Audition Piece)
Trumpet (Bb Audition Piece)
Trombone (Bass Clef Audition Piece)
Vocal (C Audition Piece)
Bass (Bass Audition Piece and Rhythm Section Material)
Piano/Guitar (Piano/Guitar Audition Piece and Rhythm Section Material)
Drums (Drum Etude and Rhythm Section Material)


  • 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.

Questions regarding brass and woodwind auditions email:
Mr. Stephen Bryant at

Questions regarding piano, bass, guitar, vocal, and percussion auditions email:
Mr. Michael Montalto at