News and Announcements

Important JPT info for incoming freshman and parents!

posted May 2, 2016, 1:33 PM by John Nista


 
Hello New Band Families!!
 I am excited to announce our 1st band meeting for new students. It will be held on May 14th at 2pm in the band room at JPT. At this meeting you will learn all about who we are, what we've done, how we do it and what is coming up for the 2016-2017 year. You will be able to ask questions, meet the directors and board members.

If possible, can you RSVP to this email. Parents AND students are invited.

Please pass on this info if you know any future JPT Band students or parents who may not have been getting my emails.

Also..we are looking for parent volunteers (men and women) for the upcoming year.  Come to the meeting and find out why we have so many helpers each year. You will have so much fun being part of the team and you will be a part of your child's success. We couldn't do what we do with out our parent volunteers.

Got questions? I've got answers...

Have a great weekend!!


Amy Grayson Spector
954-579-8091
[ mailto:jptmusicinfo@gmail.com ]jptmusicinfo@gmail.com



 

Hello Everyone!
 
  We are getting very excited to welcome our new students to JPT Band! I wanted to give you some important dates about band camp, meetings and pass along some info about what we do in the summer.
 
PRE- BAND CAMP
Wed. June 8th -5-8
Thurs. June 9th- 5-8
Fri. June 10th- 1-5
 
BAND CAMP- FULL BAND
Mon. Aug. 15th- 1- 9:00
Tues. Aug. 16th- 1- 9:00
Wed. Aug. 17th- 8- 5:00 (JPT Open House that evening)
Thurs. Aug. 18th- 1- 9:00
Fri. Aug 19th- 1- 9:00
Sat. Aug 20th- 1- 6:30 (preview show music and band family picnic)
 
PERCUSSION CAMP (percussion only)
Mon. Aug. 8th - Fri. Aug 12th - 9-4.
 
This is for ALL band students.
 
What to wear- Plain white t-shirt, black or dark blue shorts, athletic sneakers and socks.
 
What to Bring- Your instrument, a large Thermos filled with water(with your name on it), a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a small healthy snack and personal hygiene items.
 
During Band camp in August, we have meal options, or your child can bring their own food or you can drop off food for them. This will all be explained along with the menu option for ordering at the parent meetings.
 
There will be a VERY IMPORTANT mandatory parent meeting on Thursday June 9th at 6pm. We will cover everything you need to know about the program and our trip to Rome.
 
During the summer, each section will hold sectionals (rehearsals). The dates and times will be chosen by the section leaders and may be weekly or bi-weekly. These are not mandatory but are highly recommended.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email, text, call or facebook me...
 I am here to help!

Amy Grayson Spector
[ tel:954-579-8091 ]954-579-8091
[ mailto:jptmusicinfo@gmail.com ]jptmusicinfo@gmail.com



JPT PERCUSSION AUDITIONS

WHEN: May 10, 17, 24, and 31

WHERE: JPT Band Room

See Mr. Nista for your audition information packets and bring your sticks!
 

Marlins/National Anthem Itinerary

posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:56 PM by John Nista

RMS Band performs The National Anthem for the Florida Marlins vs. the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, May 6, 2016

The RMS Band is preparing to perform the National Anthem on May 6th at Marlins Park, which is located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami, Florida; 33125.

Parents who purchased tickets for the game may pick up their tickets during band rehearsals on Wednesday, May 4th or Thursday, May 5th between 4pm - 5:30 pm. Performing students will get their tickets at the game once they have played the National Anthem and their instruments are placed in the storage truck.

This is the itinerary all students will follow for the performance:

1. Students should wear their long jeans and sneakers to school on the day of the performance. They can choose to wear their band shirt to school or fold their band shirt neatly and keep it in their back pack. I do not have a place to store everyone’s shirts during the school day, please don’t ask.  Parents may drop off their children’s shirts when the students are eating pizza from 3:45—4:15.

2. It is recommended that parents pick up their children’s backpacks at 4pm if possible. If not, students must bring their backpacks onto the bus with them. The school alarm will be on once we get back from the game.

3. The parent association is serving pizza and cookies for the students immediately following school. Students should bring $4.00. Food will be served until 4:15pm. Students must use the restroom following dinner and prior to getting on the buses. It will take at least an hour or more to get to the stadium.

4. Trombones, French Horns, Baritones, Tenor, Bari Saxes, Soausaphones and Percussion will load their instruments first onto the truck as soon as school lets out.

5. Trumpets, Alto Saxes, Flutes, Bassoons, Oboes and Clarinet players will bring their instruments onto the school bus with them. They will place their instruments on the truck following our performance.

6. Bus list is lalphabetical order. The bus list will be posted in the band room during the week of May 2nd. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE! Don’t even think about asking!

7. Your parents will sit on the last two buses if they purchased a bus ticket. Parents do not have assigned buses. They just need to find a seat on either bus.

8. We should return home between 10:45—11:30pm. You may call your parents once we leave the stadium and are heading home.

9. Your instruments must go home with you as the school alarm will be set .

10. Make arrangements to take your instruments home with you.

 

Raider Band/Elementary School Tour

posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:53 PM by John Nista   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 1:54 PM ]

  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR           RAIDER BAND                TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

 

The Raider Band will perform a recruiting concert for incoming sixth graders at our three local elementary schools on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 

DEPARTURE FROM RMS:

7:30 am – Band Room open for equipment pick up

7:45 am – Students are to report to bus circle with instruments, music and stands. 

8:00 am – Busses leave for Riverside Elementary School

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES: (Your parents are welcome to come and listen to you)

Riverside Elementary 8:30 – 9:00 am.

Maplewood Elementary 9:45 – 10:15 am.

Ramblewood Elementary 1:00 – 1:30 am.

 

STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION:

1.   1.) Band uniform – Red RMS Band shirt tucked in Jeans and sneakers. Students will not be allowed on the bus or trip without their RMS Band shirt.

2.   2.) Students will need their instrument, music and wire music stands from home. Students must bring their backpacks with them on the bus.

3.) Students will have lunch in the Coral Square Mall. Students are to bring their lunch money or a bag lunch. We will be in the mall from 11:15-12:30. We cannot perform at any of the elementary schools during this time period as each school has to complete their lunch schedule.            

4.   4.) We will have chaperones in the mall supervising the students. We have stressed to the students that they are never to walk alone in the mall.

5.   5.) We will call parents immediately if there is any unruly behavior.

6.   6.) We should return to RMS by 2:15.

7.     The cost of the trip is fifteen dollars to help pay the cost of the charter busses. Please turn in the fifteen dollars when turning in the permission slip by Friday, April 29th. Checks payable to RMS Band.

 

Feel free to contact Mr. Nista if you have any questions.

Beginning Band Spring Concert

posted Mar 13, 2016, 11:39 AM by John Nista

      RAMBLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGINNING BANDS

Proudly presents their “SPRINCONCERT” on Monday, March 14, 2016

 We are pleased to announce our Spring Concertp on Monday, March 14, 2016. There will be three different show times for this performance:

 6:00 – 6:30 pm - Period Six Beginning Band.

 6:45 – 7:15 pm – Period One Beginning Band

 7:30 – 8:00 pm – Period Five Beginning Band

 Please contact me by email if you have a scheduling conflict with your child’s starting time. Student’s performance times can easily be switched to accommodate your schedule. 

This will be an exciting event you won’t want to miss. Bring your cameras, video recorders and tape players so that you can enjoy this special moment for years to come. Remember, THIS IS THE LAST GRADE FOR THE QUARTER......THIS CONCERT IS MANDATORY

 I am so proud of all of our young musicians. I know you will enjoy the music from our talented students.

Students are to follow these guidelines:

1.      1.) Students must be in their band shirt. I am allowing them to wear jeans (any color) with sneakers.  Uniform is part of their grade.

2.      2.) Students are to keep their instrument cases in their parent’s car. Please do not bring cases or back packs into the cafeteria.

3.      3) We will use the stands from the Band Room

4     4.) Punctuality is part of the students grade. Students entering late will receive a lower grade.

        5). Students must not play their instruments until the concert begins.

Advanced Band -District Band Evaluation - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

posted Mar 11, 2016, 12:25 PM by John Nista

Advanced Band Itinerary

District Band Evaluation    Wednesday, March 16, 2016    JPTaravella HS

Uniform – “Sunday Best” – White top; black dress pants and Dinkles. Boys please wear ties. Students may wear all black if possible. No one will perform in Jeans or sneakers!

8:00 – 9:00 am – Last morning rehearsal for Districts (please be early)

9:15 – Students are in first hour class (C Day; period 5)

10:15 – Students rehearse in Band Room (period 2)

10:45 – Percussion and Woodwinds reports to busses with instruments, back pack, music and equipment.  Prepare for 10:50 departure

11:05 – Brass reports to busses with instruments, back pack, music and equipment.  Prepare for 11:10 departure

11:15 – Noon - Lunch in the JPT breezeway (in front of the main office and concession stand). Bring money for lunches and check munu that was attached to your permission slip.

12:15 – Warm up in the JPT Auditorium

1:00 – Performance

1:30 – Scheduled Sight Reading in band Room

2:00 – Scheduled Clinic

2:45 – Depart for RMS (Parents may sign out students only if they are in attendance)

Honors Band - FBA District Band Evaluation Tuesday, March 15, 2016

posted Mar 11, 2016, 12:18 PM by John Nista

Honors Band Itinerary

District Band Evaluation    Tuesday, March 15, 2016      JPTaravella HS

Uniform – “Sunday Best” – White top; black dress pants and Dinkles. Boys please wear ties. Students may wear all black if possible. No one will perform in Jeans or sneakers!

8:00 – 9:00 AM – Last morning rehearsal for Districts (please be early)

6:45 PM – Students are to report to the JPT breezeway (in front of the main office and concession stand). Leave your cases in your parent’s car! You need your instruments and music only!

7:15 PM – Warm up in the JPT Cafeteria

7:45 PM – Scheduled Performance (encourage your parents and friends to attend. You will never sound this good again!)

8:15 PM – Scheduled Sight Reading in band Room

8:45 PM – Scheduled Clinic

9:15 PM – Pictures

9:30 PM – Students dismissed to parents

FBA - Symphonic Band - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

posted Mar 11, 2016, 12:08 PM by John Nista

Symphonic Band Itinerary

District Band Evaluation       Tuesday, March 15, 2016     JPTaravella HS

Uniform – “Sunday Best” – White top; black dress pants and Dinkles. Boys please wear ties. Students may wear all black if possible. No one will perform in Jeans or sneakers!

9:15 – Students are in first hour class (B Day; period 6)

10:15 – Students report to the cafeteria

10:25 – Students whose last name begins with A through M report to busses with Instrument, back pack, music and equipment. Prepare for 10:30 departure to JPTaravella.

10:50 – Students whose last name begins with N through Z reports to busses with instruments, back pack, music and equipment. Prepare for 10:55 departure

11:15 – Noon  Lunch in the JPT breezeway (in front of the main office and concession stand). Bring money for lunches and check munu that was attached to your permission slip.

12:15 – Warm up in the JPT Drama Room

1:00 – Performance

1:30 – Scheduled Sight Reading in band Room

2:00 – Scheduled Clinic

2:45 – Depart for RMS (Parents may sign out students only if they are in attendance)

Jazz Band #2 District Evaluation Band

posted Feb 13, 2016, 6:21 AM by John Nista

The following are the results for the performing members for District Jazz Band evaluation on Thursday, April 7th. 

The policy of the Florida Bandmasters is that no more than 25 students are to perform on stage for Districts or the school will be disqualified. I have listed 23 names below. We still need a Tenor 2, possibly Trumpet 4, and could use a back up drum set as I feel we need in case of an emergency. (we really need two students to step up to fill out this band!)

Everyone is permitted back in the jazz band following Districts. I absolutely hate the 25 member rule! I can't tell you how much I enjoy teaching this group! I just can't fight this rule!

See everyone below on Wednesday, February 17th for rehearsal!

Saxophones
Alto 1- Fasano, Peter and Martinez, Valentino

Alto 2 - Lalance, Jaimie and McGurn, Isabelle

Tenor Sax - Ulman, Zach
Bari Sax - Webster, Connor

Trombones
1st - Castillo, Sarah and Braga, Adrian

2nds - Grant, Alexis and Weiss, Michael

3rds - Kulauzidis, Nick and Gouveia, Wilson

4th - Luke Meitz

Trumpets
1st - O'Campo, Jeff and Sloan, Rachel

2nds - Mckenna, Kayleigh and Wong, Madison

3rds - Korenic, Mckenzie and  ???? (still need to listen to Juan Sanabria)

Piano - Rivera, Christopher
Bass - Stambaugh, Josh and Saavedra, Adrian
Drum Set - Moore, Landon

Week of December 14th.....

posted Dec 13, 2015, 11:53 AM by John Nista

Announcements:
1.) I want to acknowledge the efforts of the RMS Marching Band for outstanding performances in the Coral Springs Holiday Parade on Wednesday, December 9th and the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios on Friday, December 11, 2015. Congratulations to all students for performing so eloquently. I am proud of all of you!

    Check out the Ramblewood Middle School Band's Facebook page for a recap of our trip and performance to Universal Studios.

2. The RMS Beginning Band's will perform their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 15th in the RMS Cafeteria.

Beginning Band students will follow this schedule:
6:00 PM - Period 5;         6:45 - Period 6            7:30 - Period 1

A.) Students should be seated 10 minutes prior to the concert for roll. Students grade will be lowered if they walk into the concert when the band has begun playing the concert.
B.) Students must wear their RMS Band shirt (part of their grade); jeans and sneakers.
C.) Students may play multiple concerts for extra credit.
D.) This concert is part of the band curriculum and is worth 33% of the student's nine week grade.

3. The RMS Honors Band and select members of the Symphonic and Advanced Band will perform at our local elementary schools on Wednesday, December 16th.

A.) The band room opens at 7:15 am and busses leave at 7:50 AM
B) Ramblewood Elementary School performance 8:30 -9AM
C.) Maplewood Elementary School performance 9:45 - 10:15 AM
D.) Coral Square Mall Lunch 10:45 - 12:30
E.) Riverside Elementary School performance 1 - 1:30 PM
F.) Students must be in class at RMS by 2:15
G.) Honor Band students must bring their stands for Silent Night, Charly Brown and Christmas Rock.

4. The Marching, Honors, Symphonic, Advanced and Jazz bands will perform in their Winter Concert on Thursday, December 17th at JP Taravella HS. The concert begins at 7 pm and will end at 9PM. Students should wear their "Sunday Best." Students should have white or light colored shirts(boys need to wear a tie), black dress pants and dinkles. 
Girls are NOT to wear skirts or dresses.

5. The RMS Marching Band is performing for the RMS Faculty and Students on Friday, December 17th for our annual Holiday Assembly. Performances are 1st, 5th and 6th periods. Students are to wear their band shirts, jeans and sneakers.

Rehearsal Schedule
Monday, 12/14 - Jazz Band #2 rehearsal 8-9 am.
Tuesday, 12/15 - Jazz Band #1 rehearsal - 8-9 am.
Wednesday, 12/16 - Jazz Band #2 rehearsal - 4:00 - 4;45 pm.
Thursday, 12/17 - Jazz Band #1 8-9 am.
Friday, 12/18 - No am rehearsal but RMS marching band is performing for students and faculty periods 1, 5 and 6.

Upcoming events:
1. Tuesday, December 15th - Beginning Band's Winter Concert at RMS (scheduled printed above. Please read announcements #2.

2. Elementary School Tour - Honors Band and and select members of Symphonic and Advanced bands.

3. Thursday, December 17th - Winter Concert at JP Taravella HS for Symphonic, Advanced, Honors, Jazz and Marching Bands. 7pm.

4. Friday, December 18th - School Assemblies for RMS Marching Band periods 1, 5 and 6

            WISHING everyone a safe and happy HOLIDAY!

November/December agenda

posted Nov 1, 2015, 11:50 AM by John Nista

Announcements:
I want to acknowledge the following students that will represent Ramblewood Middle School in Broward's  All County Band. Congratulations to the following students that auditioned and were selected. I am proud of all of you!

Flutes: Ashley Galan (3rd); Lauren Hill (11th); Anna Barrientos (12th)
Oboe: Barbie LaMontagne (1st)
Clarinets: Heather Millevoi (6th); Dasia Hall (7th); Julia Faiotto (8th); Alianis Ochoa (12th);                  Sarah Daley (15th)
Alto Sax: Renatta Vespa (4th)
Tenor Sax Andrew Newman (1st)
Trumpets: Jeffrey O'Campo (3rd); Anthony McGurn (9th); Nicholas Hatfield (10th); Casey                        Jones (12th); Michael Lacey (13th); Rachel Sloan (14th)
French Horn: Zahra Hassan (9th)
Trombone: Steve Muncie (1st); Peter Fasano (3rd)
Baritone: Joshua Stambaugh (1st)
Tuba: Davi Matloff (2nd); Chandler Hoffman (6th)
Percussion: Colin Mulligan (5th)


2. The RMS Marching Band will be performing at the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios on Friday, December 11th. Students must turn in a $50.00 deposit with permission slip by Monday, November 9th. 

3. The RMS Jazz bands will be performing at All County Music on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Please let me know no later than Monday, November 2nd if you can not participate.

Rehearsal Schedule
Monday, 11/2 - Drum Line, Jazz Band #2 and Pom pom girls 8-9 am.
Tuesday, 11/3 - JB #1 rehearsal - 8-9 am.
Wednesday, 11/4 - JB #2 rehearsal - 8-9 am.
Thursday, 11/5 - JB#1 8-9 am.
Friday, 11/6 - Marching Band rehearsal (outside) 8-9am

Upcoming events:
1. Saturday, November 14th - Jazz Bands performing at All County Music for MS Jazz Day.             JB#1from 10 - 10:30 and JB#2 from 10:30 - 11am
2. Thursday, November 12th - Video midterms for Symphonic, Advanced and Honor Bands                                 (during class).
3. Thursday, December 3rd - Pompano Beach Holiday Parade (RMS Marching Band)
4. Wednesday, December 9th - Coral Springs Holiday Parade
5. Friday, December 11th - Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios
6. Tuesday, December 15th - Beginning band's Winter Concert at RMS
7. Thursday, December 17th - Winter Concert at JP Taravella HS for Symphonic, Advanced,                                 Honors, Jazz and Marching Bands. 7pm.
8. Friday, December 18th - School Assemblies for RMS Marching Band periods 1, 5 and 6

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