Banks Bridgewater Lewis
Banks Bridgewater Lewis
Fine Arts Academy

BBL Fine Arts Academy

  • The BBL Fine Arts Academy provides small group lessons and ensemble rehearsals to supplement the local middle and high school band programs.
  • We currently offer lessons for voice, brass (trumpet, trombone), reeds (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone), and percussion (drums, piano, guitar, bass guitar)

*Financial scholarships available on a first come, first served basis and dependent on need as determined by free or reduced public school lunch status



Individual and small group instruction beginners through advanced. Instruction includes one 30 minute lesson per week for beginning/intermediate students, and a 30-50 minute session for advanced students. Students will schedule their lessons directly with the instructor. In general, instructor availability is as follows:

Instructor Name              Instrument(s)                     Available Days/Times

Deborah Banks Reeds │Piano│VocalsContact instructor for availability 
 Ron Bridgewater Reeds │ImprovisationWednesday & Friday PM
 Robert Lewis PercussionTuesday & Thursday PM
Abby Heras  Reeds │Piano│Beginning GuitarThursdays 4:00-6:30 PM
 Barkey Bryant Brass │ImprovisationMondays 3:30-6:00 PM
 Jim Pryor Piano │Improvisation Contact instructor for availability 


This year we will have three Saturday rehearsal activities: one for students playing one year or less, intermediate for students playing 2-3 years, and advanced for high school students wishing to be in the performing ensemble.  The performing ensemble members are chosen by audition. We will also offer vocal instruction on Saturdays.  

   Ensemble                                      Time

Beginner Instrumentalists

11:00 AM -12:00 PM








This year there is a separate cost for private/small group instruction and the Ensemble rehearsals on Saturdays.  As in past years, there is a vibrant scholarship program available for families with financial need so that there will be no barrier to participation due to financial constraints. The fee structure is listed below.



- Lessons can be one-on-one or one instructor 2 to 3 students.

- Scheduled with instructor

$25 per session



Beginners 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

- Students in this program recently started playing their instruments; generally, these are fifth grade students but occasionally MS & HS students fall in this category depending on their experience 

Intermediate Band  (2-3 years experience)  12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

- Generally, this ensemble is composed of middle school students and high school students.  Students in this group learn how to improvise and develop that skill to participate in the Advanced ensemble.

Advanced small ensemble (3 plus years)  1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

- Students in this group are high school aged and sometimes are in middle school. Members of this ensemble are familiar with and can execute the blues scale, modal scales, music theory related to improvisation and much more.  Membership of this ensemble is based on audition, director discretion and skill level. 



Yearly Rate $265

Semester $150

Weekly rate $25

BBL follows the Unit 4 and U116 calendars.