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At Haverford Middle School, Judy Kang conducts the 6th, 7th & 8th grade strings. Alex Gittelman is director for the 6th, 7th & 8th grade bands, the woodwind and brass ensembles, and the HMS Jazz Ensemble.

There are many performance opportunities for interested and qualified middle school musicians, including select ensembles, jazz band and PMEA festivals hosted by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

We rely on email for communication. Information about parent meetings, student concerts, and other items of musical interest are all communicated in this manner. Join our email list using our online form.  

Jazz Groups at HMS

The HMS Jazz Ensemble, directed by Alex Gittelman

  • rehearses 3 times per week before school (Tues, Wed and Fri 7:00–7:30 a.m.)

  • performs advanced Jazz literature

  • emphasizes improvisation in a variety of jazz styles

  • performs at concerts, festivals and competitions

  • eligible instruments are trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, and drums

The HMS Jazz Fords, directed by TBD

  • rehearses once a week after school (Wednesdays 2:45–4 p.m.)

  • keeps musicians actively participating in jazz performance and practice

  • emphasizes improvisation in a variety of jazz styles

  • performs at school concerts

  • traditional jazz instrumentation preferred. Traditional jazz instruments are trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Students who play instruments other than these should contact Mr. Gittelman if they would like to join the Jazz Fords.

Jazz Ensemble 2022-23 Concert Dates

  • Haverford MS Jazz Festival - Feb 3, 2023

  • Theme Night - Feb 15, 2023

  • 42nd Annual Evening of Jazz - ALL DAY March 3, 2023

  • Strath Haven MS Jazz Festival - March 10, 2023

  • Drexel Hill MS Jazz Festival - March 31, 2023

  • Springton Lake MS Jazz Festival - April 21, 2023

  • 7th and 8th-grade spring instrumental concert (and woodwind, brass, percussion, and jazz ensemble) - May 2, 2023

  • Jazz Ensemble Final Concert - TBA after school in June, 2023

We need good pictures of our musical middle schoolers to post here – please send to and please provide as much information as possible about the event and students pictured.

Explore the BOPs website – much of it pertains to high school instrumental music, but there are items of interest for all.

For additional information, please visit the Director's Canvas page

Annual BOPs Meeting for Middle School Music Parents.

Orchestra Page

Concert Attire for Haverford Middle School Instrumental Students

HMS Band Letters and Forms

BOPs Middle School Liaison: Kate Schmitt

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