Big Band &
Jazz Ensemble

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Jazz Combo - "Quinox * Rhythm-a-ning".MP4

About us

Big Band is the NEW (2023!) combined East and West jazz group which rehearses on Thursdays during lunch (11:40-12:25) in the music room. West students are transported to East via Mr. Weisman's car and require a transportation waiver. This group is put together in a traditional jazz band setup with a rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums, piano), 4 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and occasionally vocalists.

Jazz Ensemble East is the Sturgis East jazz band which rehearses on Tuesdays during lunch (11:40-12:25) in the music room. It is a group that welcomes any kind of instrumentalist interested in learning about jazz/contemporary music history, repertoire, and improvisation. 

Who should join? Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in one - or both - of these extracurricular groups. Students joining these groups are not required to have previous music experience, but knowledge of reading sheet music, a developed ear, or a general passion and dedication to music making will help! Please discuss participation with the director prior to participating.

What do the groups play? A mix of jazz styles are presented in these groups - from swing to bossa, funk to more experimental jazz styles. Student suggestions, particularly from upper classmen, are often honored.


Who do I contact if I'd like to join? Email the director, Mr. Bart Weisman, Bart Weisman performs across Cape Cod with his Jazz Group, Klezmer Swing Group, Smooth Jazz Group, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet. Bart has worked with a number of musicians on Cape Cod including: J. Geils, Molly Ringwald, Rebecca Parris, Lou Colombo, Dick Johnson, and many more. Bart is the Executive Producer & Performer for the Provincetown Jazz Festival and performs year-round at the Grand Cru Restaurant & The West End in Hyannis. Bart is Jazz Band Director at Sturgis Charter Public School East and at the Cape Symphony he is the Director & Peformer for Jazz in the Schools. Bart relocated to Cape Cod from Washington, D.C. where he was a musician with The United States Air Force Band.

For more information about Bart, visit this awesome featured article about him!