News and Announcements

End of the Year Info

posted May 28, 2016, 10:31 AM by John Nista   [ updated May 31, 2016, 6:28 AM ]

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Beginning Band Concerts at Ramblewood Cafetorium. 
Performances as follows:
            6:00 - 6:30 Period One    6:45 - 7:15 Period Five    7:30 - 8PM - Period Six
        A.) This is the final grade of the nine weeks. Students must perform in one of the above concerts
        B.) Students are to wear their red polo shirt, jeans and sneakers. 
        C.) It is not an issue to move students to different times. Please contact me!
        D.) Students are permitted to perform in multiple concerts for extra credit.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - End of the Year Concert @ J.P. Taravella HS Auditorium
    Performing Bands - Raider Band, Jazz Band #1&2; Advanced, Symphonic and Honor Bands.
    Students are asked to dress up for this concert. Please try to wear a white long sleeve shirt (with tie for boys) and black     or dark dress pants. Please DO NOT wear jeans or sneakers. Students may wear all black as well. Dress will be part of         grade!
        A.) Concert Begins at 7:00 PM promptly 
        B.) Students MUST leave their cases in their parent's car!
        C.) Raider Band should report to the stage NO LATER than 6:45. The Raider Band will perform following Jazz Band #2.
        D.) Raider Band will sit with their parents immediately following their performance.
        E.) Jazz Band #2 will report to the stage by 6:30. 
        F.) Symphonic Band will report to the JPT Band Room for warm ups by 6:50 PM
        G.) Honors and Advanced will be seated in the JPT auditorium by 6:50 PM 

****Students are to stay for the entire concert and support each other. Students will have their grade lowered ONE letter grade if they leave prior to the end. NO exceptions...BAND members are to SUPPORT each other!

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 
1.) Band Audition Placement for students NOT attending Band Camp Students may audition from 7:30 - 8:30 am; 
            after school from 4:00 - 5PM or during their scheduled band class (in front of their classmates.

        Symphonic, Advanced or Honor Band audition material:
           A.) 7 Major scales memorized with arpeggio. Chromatic Scale
           B.) All State music - Handed out to students THREE weeks ago!

        Beginning Band members:
            A.) F, Bb, Eb and Ab Scales - Memorized with arpeggios
            B.) # 106, 150, 156 and 176 in Essential Elements Book

2.) Students are to return RMS SCHOOL INSTRUMENTS that they rented for the school year. 
3.) Students may rent a school instrument for the summer. They must fill out a School Board contract and turn in $10.00 cash for the instrument. Students will receive a receipt upon payment.

Tuesday, June 7 - Last day students will need instruments for school

        BAND CAMP 2016 June 13 - June 24, 2016

Band Trip Itinerary 5/25/2016

posted May 19, 2016, 1:56 PM by John Nista

RMS BAND TRIP TO Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

 Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 6:00 am        Students are to report to RMS Bus Circle for 6:15 am departure.  There is no need to arrive any earlier.

10:00 am        Approximate arrival at Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida.

1:00-1:15 pm   Students must report to Mr. Nista at the Hulk.  Students will receive their lunch/dinner voucher at check in.

5:30 pm          Students are to meet at entrance of park for 6 PM departure.

9:30-10:00 pm   Parents are to pick up their children at RMS.

 The following information is important:

1. Park t-shirt will be given to students on Monday or Tuesday during their band class. They must wear this shirt on the bus trip to Islands of Adventure and throughout the day in the park. This is to help chaperones identify our students. It is recommended that students wear comfortable footwear.

2. Students must always walk in groups and must never walk alone. Chaperones will have students walk with them if they are by themselves.

3. Students should bring warm clothing for bus trip home as the buses tend to get cold with the air conditioning.

4. Students will get a lunch/dinner voucher when they report to Mr. Nista at the Hulk at 1:00. Students must be careful not to lose the vouchers as Islands of Adventure allows only one voucher per student.

5. Students that feel ill during any time at Islands of Adventure are to find the FIRST AID station. First Aid will have my cell number and call me immediately.

6. The bus drivers will stop at rest stops to and from our trip. Students may bring money to purchase snacks/breakfast on    the way up to Orlando. However, the stop on the way home is intended for restroom use only.

7. There is to be no eating or drinking on the bus per bus policy. There is no need for students to bring video games/ electronics on the trip as we have a history of students losing these items in the past.

8.  Students are to talk to their parents about budgeting as souvenirs and snacks are expensive in the park.

9. Students are expected to follow all Broward County School Board policies including DRESS CODE!  Do not wear something you would not be allowed to wear at school!  (Exceptions—Caps, sun glasses are permitted)

10. Parents will be notified of any inappropriate behavior during the trip, regardless of time.


Please e-mail Mr. Nista if you have any questions or concerns.


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
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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.
Wed. June 8th -5-8
Thurs. June 9th- 5-8
Fri. June 10th- 1-5
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
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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. 


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.



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


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!

Alto 1- Fasano, Peter and Martinez, Valentino

Alto 2 - Lalance, Jaimie and McGurn, Isabelle

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

1st - Castillo, Sarah and Braga, Adrian

2nds - Grant, Alexis and Weiss, Michael

3rds - Kulauzidis, Nick and Gouveia, Wilson

4th - Luke Meitz

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

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