The J.P. Taravella Band is doing very well. The program’s wind orchestra, wind symphony and symphonic band received superior ratings, the highest rating possible and the school’s concert band received an excellent rating. The J.P. Taravella Jazz Band received straight superior ratings. Also, about 70 J.P. Taravella band students traveled to the state solo and ensemble event in Sanford and performed well. Twelve students received superior ratings with distinction. The performed perfectly and from memory. Now, the band is preparing for a state band festival on April 30. Pictured above, members of the jazz band rehearse.
Associate band director Julia Baumanis is pleased with the work the band students. “We set really high expectations. There is a sense of urgency to be the best and a sense that we have to maintain a tradition of success. The students in our band like to be challenged and will work hard to meet a challenge.”
Danielle Soto, a percussionist and tuba player has enjoyed being a part of the J.P. Taravella Band. “This has been an awesome experience. Being in the band is like being a part of a family. I have so many positive memories of being in this band.”
Naomi Nagnoma, wh0 plays the oboe has also enjoyed being a part of the band and developing her musical talent. Pictured below, J.P. Taravella Band director Cheldon Williams leads a jazz band rehearsal.