of Southern New Jersey
Achieving Excellence in Music
through Education, Opportunities, and Outreach!
Based on the commitment to help homeschool students develop musically, HSBSNJ is the only band performance group of its kind in South Jersey. Founded in 1998, we provide group instruction in woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from beginner through advanced levels, as well as a recorder ensemble for younger students.
EXCELLENCE in EDUCATION
Our directors L. Bruce Smith and Mandy Milne bring exceptional professionalism and dedication to our students. Each of these individuals lead separate groups designed to progress students from square one to being competent musicians. Our youngest students (2nd graders) start on the Recorder. Once they have that under their belts, they move on to choose their own instrument as 4th graders. From that point students progress through the more advanced groups. From Beginner Band, to Cadet Band, to Apprentice Band, to Concert Band and Jazz Band, each group builds on the previous to improve and challenge student musicians.
EXCELLENCE through OPPORTUNITIES
Talented band students have the opportunity to audition for Honors Bands including the Olympic Conference, All South Jersey, and All State Band. Many current and past members have achieved high honors in these competitions.
All HSBSNJ members and their families also have the special opportunity to attend world class performances in ballet, opera and orchestra, at greatly reduced ticket rates! Past performances we’ve attended have been The Nutcracker and Don Giovanni.
EXCELLENCE through OUTREACH
Each semester the Band performs outreach concerts for the South Jersey community. We enjoy traveling to perform for Senior citizens at Stanfil Towers and Brightview Woodbury Lake Assisted Living, as well as special needs children at St John of God.
We are open to all students regardless of religious background. Our belief is that “music education develops creativity, enhances cooperative learning, disciplined work habits.”