Welcome to the South Jersey Music Education Partnership (SJMEP)

SJMEP is hosting our first MasterclassMar2016 MasterClassPoster

New Year – More for you!  We are gearing up to host our first Masterclass event – Featuring Brian Betz and Denis DiBlasio.  We can’t wait to see these guys in action – for just $10 you can attend a Masterclass with Brian Betz on guitar in an intimate venue where every seat is great AND a concert afterwards with the Brian Betz Quartet featuring Denis DiBlasio.  It will be @ Volume Live Cafe on Rt. 42 in Turnersville, NJ.  The best jazz greats – straight from Philly!  If it’s anything like the Pinelands Jazz Festival last year, – you are in for a treat.  Seating is limited, so click here for tickets

SJMEP has formed it’s first Youth Jazz Orchestra!

We have formed an orchestra of 14 student musicians from 6th grade up to College-level student musicians, the SJMEP Youth Jazz Orchestra!  This is a great experience and they have been hard at work practicing and all of their work shows.  In addition, Dave Bermingham, SJMEP President has also been busy writing orchestrations of your Christmas favorites and they sound great!  They debuted at the Medford Dicken’s Festival last weekend and they have 2 more gigs this season – Click on this link for more information.  Come on out, support these kids and the partnership.  Keep this program alive and SJMEP has more in store for 2016 like Masterclasses, forming other orchestras and music education opportunities for kids.  We also want to acknowledge and thank the Township of Medford for providing access to facilities so these kids have a place to practice – Thank You.

South Jersey Music Education Partnership Hosted it’s Second Annual Pinelands Jazz Festival!

We are honored to have so many Great Jazz Bands take the stage to raise awareness for Music Education, with many great bands – 11 in all.  Our Jazz Festival was hosted at Camp Ockanickon and Braddock’s tavern in Medford, NJ over an entire weekend.  If you were not able to make it – that’s OK, we are already planning for next year!  Here’s how it went down…

On Friday, August 28th, we had a Night in Paris @ Braddock’s Tavern.  We hosted a 1930’s ‘Speak Easy’ complete with The Hot Club of Philadelphia playing Gypsy Jazz, dancing and open bar with wine, beer & great french-inspired cuisine from Braddock’s chef.  We also had Jeff Duperon from WRTI hosting his evening Jazz broadcast from our venue.


Saturday, August 29th was the Main Event @ Camp Ockanickon with 9 Bands taking the stage – so we had jazz all day from 10AM to 7PM.

Here is the lineup of bands:


Camp Ockanickon’s amphitheater had great acoustics and the shade trees provided a great experience for all of the Jazz Lovers that came out to hear the bands play.  It was an amazing Saturday full of great jazz bands for all.2015SundayBrunch

On Sunday, August 30th was the a Jazz Vespers Service with a small band of local musicians and a 2-hour Jazz Brunch @ the Camp Ockanickon hall.  Great food and jazz provided by The Neighborhood, another fantastically talented band of UArts students.  What a great time, and we are going to do it all AGAIN next year


June, 2015:  In our series of Fundraisers scheduled this summer, SJMEP is proud to announce our next event.  This one is @ PJ Whelihan’s in Medford Lakes, NJ.  Bring a flyer and have a great dinner, PJ’s will donate 15% of your dinner bill to SJMEP to support Music Education!  Remember to print out the flyer on the right for more info.

June, 2015: SJMEP is also offering 2015 Summer Music Scholarships to local Elementary Students who are new to music!  Here’s a link to the application.  Last year, we sent over 50 students to ‘Summer School’ to learn a musical instrument.  It’s a part of our commitment to the community and help kids grow.

January, 2015:  SJMEP is bursting into the New Year with a host of new developments that will be unprecedented in South Jersey, with a new opportunities for developing music students and more events to help students and music education.  Planning many events this year including the 2015 Pinelands Festival, starting up The Woodshed, and more local gigs coming up.  Click on the links above to find out more.  Want to know more?  Hit our Contact page.

September, 2014:  SJMEP Co-Sponsored the Pinelands Jazz Festival.  This Premier Event was hosted by the Dr. Still Historic Site on Church Road and Rt.541 in Medford, NJ.  Featuring 8 professional Jazz Bands and Student jazz performers, the crowd was entertained all afternoon – even though it rained, jazz fans stayed and enjoyed the music and performers.  A big Thanks to all of our volunteers and coordinators that made the day a huge success.

June, 2014:  SJMEP has awarded 49 Scholarships to new music students.  This number includes a small number of more advanced students in Medford’s middle school band program.

May, 2014:   Well, it’s been a great year of fund raising and we are ramping up to offer music scholarships.  Stay Tuned for more information!

  Any Questions:  send an email to contact@sjmep.org.


PJsFundraiserFlyerWe are hosting another Fundraiser for Music Education!  It’s at PJ Whelihan’s in Medford Lakes, NJ.  Print the flyer to the left and give it to the waitress when you pay for your dinner.  PJ’s will give us 15% of your bill to benefit Music Education!

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June, 2013:   What a difference a month makes!  South Jersey Music Education Partnership (SJMEP) is pleased to announce that we have issued 45 music scholarships to elementary students in Medford, NJ!  We have finally made our vision a reality and we are not stopping there.  We plan to branch out into other affected towns that have Elementary Band stripped out of the curriculum.  We can only do this with your support.  So please consider making a donation to make a difference.

 So.. who are we?

We are Musicians who are also Dads, or is it Dads who are also Musicians?? We have banded together for a common cause that is becoming more and more evident in our schools.  Since – in harder fiscal times, music and arts are always the first programs cut back or worse – removed all together from our public schools.  We believe that Music, Arts, and Cultural programs in schools are just as beneficial to a student’s emerging skills as academic programs.  We formed this organization to raise awareness and funds to help students, families and schools to bolster music, arts and cultural programs.