Students Playing Instruments

BAND

The directors and staff are committed to developing a well rounded, expressive student that not only is a fine performer but also demonstrates a heightened sense of personal/social skills which include, but are not limited to: team work, promptness, responsibility, conduct, and effort. Also important is the desire to emphasize artistic expression through music as a top priority. Band students will be able to demonstrate proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument through performance and practice. They will demonstrate music literacy in relation to reading music, as well as expressive and stylistic nuance associated with a piece of music. Furthermore, the student will demonstrate characteristics associated with good musicianship including, but not limited to; tone, posture, rhythmic accuracy, instrument care and maintenance, and social and conduct skills associated with performing ensembles. There are 4 levels of concert bands in the band magnet at Miami Arts Studio and 3 levels of jazz bands offered at MAS, as well as a Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Meet the Directors

Mobirise

Erich S. Rivero

Director of Bands and Jazz Studies

erichrivero@dadeschools.net
Mobirise

John Bixby

Director of Bands

jbixby@dadeschools.net

BAND AUDITION CRITERIA

Grade 6-8

BAND: WIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

Performance of a prepared selection on an instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion bass, guitar, piano, or recorder).

Performance of a one or two octave major scale on an instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion, bass, guitar, piano, or recorder).

Sight reading

Aural pitch matching

Brief interview

Please bring a photograph to the audition, not to exceed 5”X7” and print your name on the back of the photo with your choice of magnet strand.

NOTE: Instrument assignment for beginners is at the discretion of the director. 

Grade 9-10

BAND: WIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

Perform a classical solo piece of music (Percussion needs to have solos for mallets, snare drum and timpani). The selection should be Grade Two or higher from the Florida Bandmasters Association list. Bring two copies of your selections to the audition.

Perform 6 major scales of one, two or three octaves with arpeggio.

Perform a Chromatic scale the range of your instrument.

Sight-read music of average difficulty.

Demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a music fundamental examination.

Brief Interview

Please bring a photograph to the audition, not to exceed 5”X7” and print your name on the back of the photo with your choice of magnet strand.

All applicants must provide two copies of the selection to be performed. All applicants are requested to provide their own instrument, except for Pianists and Percussionists. 

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Band Magnet

Awards & Accolades

FBA Evaluations
DISTRICT SOLOS:


SUPERIOR RATINGS
Nelson Acevedo
Andrea Barboza
Christopher Bonilla
Melissa Bosque
Breck Cherry
Nicholas Cuevas
Victor De Armas
Daniel De La Fuente
Rafael Heredia
Kaylee Huerta
Fabio Insua
Christian Lascano
Joshua Leal
Daniel Martinez
Maria Nina
Justin Perez
Daniel Rodriguez-Roig
Miguel Sobera
Estefany Toledo-Morales
Christopher Zabala
David Hernandez
Alejandro Robles
Michael Alvarez
Cesar Avila
Augustine Bolanio
Nicholas Brunelle
Anthony Caceres
Anthony Corcuera
Katelyn Deiros
Derek Figueroa
Alan Gomez
Osmany Gonzalez
Elvin Hernandez
Kaden Jamid
Samuel Murillo
Daniel Pacheco
Tyler Pardillo
Jonathon Perez
Gabriel Pujol
Isais Roque
Juliette Rosario
Amy Santamarina
Diego Villanueva
Javier Amador
Mateo Arce
Abigail Dadlani
Rachel Diaz
Gustavo Ferreiro
Melanie Florez
Lizabelle Garcia
Reinaldo Gomez
Shakira Gonzalez
Adania Jorge
Lucas Lue
Samantha Mariscal
Lucas Mesa
Eva Mora
Melanie Obando-Nunez
Antony Ossa
Bryan Penate
Hannah Perez
Isabel Price
Brianna Rodriguez
David Rodriguez
Isabella Rodriguez-Roig
Jose Suarez
Ethan Tapias
Meagan Urbina
David Valcarcel
Melanie Valderrama
Daniel Valdes
Charles Vernon
Robert Vernon
Angel Ybarra
Daysi Zeledon-Iriart
Valentina Adamo
Sophia Alvarez
Dylan Bracci
Isaac Cabrera
Alexander Collins
Leandro Cruz
Jessica DeJesus-Estrada
Magdiel Diaz
Joseph Flores
Matthew Gonzalez
Nara Gonzalez
Victoria Guzman
Orlando Hernandez
Nadia Hijjawiludovic
Jadelin Irizarri
Alejandra Leiva
Carlos Marquez
Diego Menendez
Isabella Naranjo
Isabella Nina
Ashley Palma
Hubert Perez
Deven Rodriguez
Deven Portillo
Andy Sendon
Jason Suarez
Danielle Touza
Evan Valiente
Anthony Vargas
Camila Vargas
Natalia Varona
Alejandro Vegas
Eduardo Vivas

District Total ratings:

109 - Superior
22 – Excellent


STATE SOLOS:
Fabio Insua - Excellent
Joshua Leal – Excellent
Daniel Martinez – Excellent
Nicholas Cuevas - Superior
Rafael Heredia – Superior
Maria Nina - Superior 

Jazz Band Florida Bandmasters Association Evaluation
    
       -Jazz Band II – Straight Superior

      -Concert Jazz Band I - Straight Superior
 

Concert Band Florida Band Masters Association Evaluation 


      -Wind Symphony - Straight Superiors
   -Symphonic Band - Straight Superiors


MDC Honor Band
Nelson Acevedo
Cesar Avila
Andrea Barboza
Christopher Bonilla
Melissa Bosque
Lauren Carmona
Daniel Delafuente
Kaylee Huerta
Christian Lascano
Alejandro Martinez

MDC Honor Jazz Band
Ariel Carrion
Gilbert Feliciano III
FSU Tri-State Honor Band
Benjamin Eisenberg
Justin Perez
University of Miami Honor Band
Melissa Bosque
Lauren Carmona
Daniel Delafuente
Benjamin Eisenberg
Kaylee Huerta
Joshua Leal
Justin Perez

Superintendent District Honor Jazz Band
High School:
Benjamin Eisenberg
Gilbert Feliciano III
Joshua Leale
Osmany Gonzalez
Daniel Rodriguez-Roig
Middle School:
Breck Cherry
Maria Nina

Performance for Herald Hunt
Bayfront Park with pep band


Superintendent District Honor Concert Band
High School:
Michael Alvarez
Melissa Bosque
Ariel Carrion
Rafael Heredia
Joshua Leal
Jonathan Perez
Miguel Sobera
Diego Villanueva
Christopher Zabala
Middle School:
Abigail Dadlani
Samantha Fernandez
Derek Figueroa
Sebastian Menendez
Samuel Murillo
Maria Nina
Alejandro Robles
Camila Vargas



FBA Solo Evaluations
Superior Ratings:
Sophia Alvarez
Matthew Gonzales
Orlando Hernandez
Michael Martinez
Diego Menendez
Hubert Perez
Devin Portillo
Ethan Tapias
Eduardo Vivas
Javier Amador
Matthew Badillo
Nicholas Brunelle
Breck Cherry
Abigail Dadlani
Samantha Fernandez
Gustavo Ferreiro
Derek Figueroa
Joseph Flores
Melanie Florez
Shakira Gonzalez
Adania Jorge
Elias Leder
Carlos Marquez
Lucas Mesa
Samuel Murillo
Natalie Obando
Antony Ossa
Lucas Rivero
Alejandro Robles
Brianna Rodriguez
David Rodriguez
Deven Rodriguez
Jacqueline Sandolval
Meagan Urbina
David Valarcel
Anthony Vargas
Camila Vargas
Alejandro Vegas
Robert Vernon
Stephen Zayas
Michael Alvarez
Andrea Barboza
Augustine Bolanio
Chris Bonilla
Melissa Bosque
Lauren Carmona
Nicholas Cuevas
Victor Dearmas
Daniel Delafuente
Benjamin Eisenberg-3 solos
Gilbert Feliciano
Osmany Gonzalez
Rafael Heredia
Anthony Hernandez
Kaylee Huerta
Louis Ibarra
Joshua Leal
Alejandro Martinez
Tyler Pardillo
Jonathan Perez
Justin Perez
Daniel Rodriguez-Roig
Isabella Rodriguez-Roig
Miguel Sobera
Daniel Valdes
Christopher Zabala
Maria Nina – 2 solos
Roni Gonzalez 


  

Tri-State Honor Band (FSU festival)
Emily Mendez – oboe - senior
Jose Prieto – trombone – senior

Miami-Dade College Honor Band
Honor Concert Band

Andrea Barbosa – flute – freshman
Miguel Sobera – bass trombone - freshman
Benjamin Eisenberg – bassoon – junior
Nicholas Serrano – percussion - junior
Joe Baeza – percussion - senior

Honor Jazz Band
Justin Perez – sax - sophomore
Gilbert Feliciano III – sax - junior
Michael McDonald – trombone - junior
Ivan Lucia – trumpet - senior
Jose Preito – trombone – senior

University of Miami Honor Band
Rafael Heredia – percussion – freshman
Miguel Sobera – bass trombone - freshman
Justin Perez – sax – sophomore
Benjamin Eisenberg – bassoon - junior
Colin Rodriguez – trumpet - junior
Ivan Lucia – trumpet - senior
Emily Mendez – oboe – senior
Jose Prieto – trombone – senior


Music for All - National Honor Band
Emily Mendez – oboe - senior

FBA Evaulations – District
Jazz Band – II

Superior rating

Jazz Band – I
Superior rating

Symphonic Band
Excellent rating on stage
Superior rating in sight reading
Excellent rating overall

Wind Symphony
Excellent rating on stage
Superior rating in sight reading
Excellent rating overall


FBA – Solo & Ensemble
Solos – Superior ratings

Justin Perez
Isabella Rodriguez-Roig
Andrea Barboza
Sarah Arce
Joshua Leal
Emily Mendez
Christopher Bonilla
Alejandro Vegas
Daniella Weiss
Melissa Bosque
Kaylee Huerta
Hannah Perez
Benjamin Eisenberg
Laura Jacomino
Gilbert Feliciano III
Ivan Lucia
Ariel Carrion
Jonthan Feola
Enrique Roque
Jose Prieto
Miguel Sobera
Meagan Urbina
David Hernandez
Michael McDonald
Christian Lascano
Rafael Heredia
Daniel Valdes
Joe Baeza
Colin Rodriguez
Derek Fegueroa
Anthony Vargas
Camila Vargas
Samuel Murillo
Breck Cherry
Lauren Carmona
Maria Nina
Tyler Pardillo
Linabel Armas
Lucas Rivero
Kaden Jamid
Egor Maximenko


Ensemble – Superior Ratings
Trombone Quartet – Michael McDonald, Miguel Sobera, Christian Lascano, Jose Prieto
Brass Quintet – Ivan Lucia, Aaron Claudio, Colin Rodriguez, Jose Prieto, Anthony Caceres
Saxophone Quartet – Benjamin Eisenberg, Alejandro Pazos, Emily Mendez, Justin Perez


FBA Evaluation – State
Concert Jazz Band

Straight Superior rating

Solos - Superior
Christopher Bonilla – Bass Clarinet
Justin Perez – Bari Saxophone
Benjamin Eisenberg – Alto Saxophone
Gilbert Feliciano III – Alto Saxophone
Solos – Superior with Distinction (highest honor for solo)
Emily Mendez – Oboe

Ensembles - Superior
Trombone Quartet:
Jose Prieto, Miguel Sobera, Michael McDonald, Christian Lascano

Worldstrides – New Orleans - National Music Festival
Symphonic Winds – Gold rating
Second place
Adjudicators award (score of 95 or higher)

Concert Jazz Band – Gold rating
Second place
Adjudicators award (score of 95 or higher)


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