Ashley Soto loves being the head drum major of the J.P. Taravella High School band. She has been in the band program for four years and has enjoyed the experience.

“I have made a lot of friends in this band. It is like being a part of a 150 member family. I love to learn and play music,” she said.

The Trojan band has a new director, Mike Friedman. He has been involved in band programs for 30 years in Broward County was recently at Sawgrass Springs Middle School. “I wanted to get back to high school band. I enjoy directing high school band,” he said.

Friedman is very pleased to be a part of the J.P. Taravella program which has a strong tradition of marching band excellence. The band has won many accolades over the years. The band earns superior ratings at competitions and performs well at football games and in parades. It has about 155 members. Friedman is taking over from Cheldon Williams, who was a former student of his and is now leading a college band program.

“I hope to maintain the tradition of excellence that has been established here,” he said.

The band will participated in the FBA assessment at Coral Springs High School on October 22, a competition at Park Vista on November 5, and a state competition on November 12. It will perform at home football games.