Jersey Arts & Music (JAM!) is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Youth Organization based in Central New Jersey (EIN: 82-2963121). It's member programs are related to the performing arts with a focus on marching music, dance, and jazz education. We will have both competitive and non-competitive programs, and each program has its own performance venues and schedule.
The mission of JAM! is to "enrich life skills through the performing arts", developing such qualities in young people as leadership, dedication, responsibility, respect, perseverance, work ethic, and a commitment to a common goal. JAM! programs enrich the education, musical, and emotional growth of its members by employing a talented team of education professionals who will mentor each student's skill set
JAM! provides musical ensemble training/performance in a variety of performance components including
- ENCORPS DCI DRUM CORPS
- JAM! Youth Jazz and World Music Ensemble
The goal is to provide a musically rewarding and personally enriching experience for members, while achieving artistic and performance excellence, which will carry through into their personal lives.
Welcome to ENCORPS
There is a demand for a new DCI Drum Corps in New Jersey. New Jersey needs another voice, a new look and sound.
ENCORPS Marching Music Experience will begin operations as a DCI SOUNDSPORT group. This is a DCI formality, as ALL new DCI Drum Corps MUST start in this category. SoundSport is designed to provide start up Drum Corps a chance to lay a solid organization and member foundation. Most are approved to move up to Open Class the following year, which ENCORPS will do. ENCORPS has been invited to debut at a DCI Open Class show in New Jersey as an exhibition group, and ENCORPS will perform in exhibition at local DCA events. We MAY enter other regional DCI shows as an exhibition.
In order to make this happen, and to have an appropriate field show, we will be contracting a minimum of 75 Members. However we will accept the DCI maximum of 150 members. Proceed to the Membership Info page for details.
A Message for Parents
Why Drum Corps?
When your child decided to be part of a Drum Corps International Corps, he/she is making a choice that requires a deep personal commitment that will require strength and focus. Facing new levels of responsibility, discipline, and self-knowledge, they will gain values that will help them succeed in life.
Understanding their Reasoning
Every student has personal reasons for wanting to be part of a drum corps international group. Your son or daughter is no different. It may simply be to become a better performer. Alternatively, it could be a way to be with friends. College-level students often view membership in a drum corps as a key rung in their climb to be professional performers or arts educators. For many students, it is a way to challenge themselves to become the best they can be no matter what level.
Help them Pursue their Dreams
Marching in a Drum Corps International group means:
- Performing in front of thousands of people
- Becoming a better musician
- Developing valuable life skills
- Being part of something bigger than oneself
- Having the most extraordinary summer experience of their lives
- Meeting new people
- Learning from the best teachers
No matter their dream, being part of a DCI drum corps can help them achieve it, while at the same time providing one of the most intense and rewarding performing arts education experiences available in the world. It's an experience that helps build the performance, education and personal foundation of a lifetime.
WHAT IS DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL ALL ABOUT?
We encourage parents who are no real familiar to the drum corps activity to visit www.dci.org. It will provide in depth historical and current information on what it is all about. However, briefly, Drum Corps are a subset of the larger body of marching bands. It is accurate to say that all drum corps are marching bands, but not all marching bands are drum corps. The main difference is, Drum Corps are all Brass, and no woodwinds. Some call Drum Corps, "professional marching bands" ... Second, most marching bands are affiliated with school and are usually inclusive - everyone who wants to participate is accommodated. Drum Corps are independent youth organizations and have a membership limit set at 150. Drum Corps members develop life skills that they will carry with them in whatever the choose to in life, and the friends they make are forever.
There are 3 categories of DCI Drum Corps:
World Class, Open Class, and SoundSport
The benefits of participation in a Drum Corps are numerous. Drum corps has a dramatically positive effect for most young people. Each corps offers a unique combination of music and arts education , life experiences and tradition. At the heart of the drum corps experience is a set of values - dedication, discipline, commitment and achievement through teamwork - that enhances the student's life. Young people soon discover that dedication and hard work enable them to achieve tremendous success. Success, in turn, promotes confidence in their abilities, Students learn and improve valuable personal skills like teamwork, time management and problem solving.
Members of all DCI-affiliated corps are challenged to personally accept a new sense of discipline and responsibility. Above all , one of the key things drum corps participants learn is simply stated, but complex to convey - how to get things done.
Many have heard about the touring and large financial commitment. While at the World Class level, this is very much the case. However, on the Open Class level, there is still a tour and a competition at the DCI Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tour is not as extensive. Also, the fees are a bit lower. SoundSport is where ALL NEW DRUM CORPS must begin. However this is merely for the initial year, and fees are even lower. Our goal for 2018 is to make ENCORPS a viable performing entity with whatever membership we may gain through our recruiting efforts, and we truly hope you will consider becoming a member of ENCORPS and Jersey Arts and Music.