About the Directors


L. Bruce Smith, BA Music, MA School Admin.Mr. Smith brings years of experience to HSBSNJ having directed both school bands and choral groups. Having served both as assistant principal and principal in the Delran Township Schools, Mr. Smith has broad experience with students of all ages. As an accomplished musician he has performed with the U.S. Navy Show Band as a vocalist, trombone and baritone horn player; he sings with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Mens Chorale; and is the director of the Moorestown NJ Community Band.

Mandy Milne, BMus Ed, BMus Therapy, MMusEdWith advanced degrees from East Carolina University, Peabody Preparatory, and the prestigious Tanglewood Institute, Mrs. Milne brings a love of music to her students. She has been a music educator for more than 30 years. Under her direction, choirs and instrumental ensembles consistently received superior ratings in competitions. A homeschool mom of three, she keeps busy conducting the children’s and adult choirs of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bellmawr, NJ.
Top Ten Reasons to Join
the Home School Bands of Southern New Jersey !

10. Participating students are eligible to audition for State and Honors Bands, something most private teachers aren’t able to offer.

9. Music instruction costs as little as $5/hour. WOW!

8. Students and their families can attend attend world class opera and ballet performances for FREE, or at drastically reduced ticket prices.

7. Participants hone their skills and receive coaching in small jazz and woodwind ensembles.

6. Give back to the community by performing outreach concerts for senior citizens and disabled youth.

5. HSBSNJ is the only program of its kind in South Jersey.

4. No experience is necessary. We offer music instruction for beginner through advanced levels.

3.  Students who take the SAT and have experience in music typically outperform their non-music peers. In 2006, students with music experience scored 57 and 43 points higher on the verbal and math portions respectively of the SAT.

2. Participation in a music ensemble naturally fosters discipline and teamwork.

1. It’s fun!! Make new friends while making music!!