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Band Parent Association Board 2017-2018

President: Wesley White
Vice President: Harry Lys
Treasurer: Aloka Wijayawardhana
Co-Treasurer:  Danielle Carwell
Secretary: Bridget Jeffers
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Beginning of the Year INFORMATION
SPMS Band Handbook 16-17

Updated Private Lesson Directory

Beginning Band Information

Fair Share Waiver Form

Medical Information Form for Field Trips

Click here to apply to be a St Johns County Volunteer – all chaperones need to do this every year

SPMS Band Booster Association, Inc ByLaws – updated 12/2014

Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards NGSSS for Music K-12

Meet the Directors

LZLaurie Zentz has been a music educator since 1984 when she graduated magna cum laude from Valdosta State College (GA) with a Bachelor of Music degree. At Valdosta State she received the “Most Outstanding Bandswoman” award and served as the first Drum Major of the Valdosta State “Blazin’ Brigade” marching band. She received her Masters Degree from Jacksonville University in 1993 summa cum laude, and achieved the status of NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher) in Early/Middle Childhood Music in 2005.

Mrs. Zentz has taught all levels from pre-kindergarten through the university level. She was the music specialist at Cunningham Creek Elementary for 11 years. She previously taught band at CA Gray Middle School (Moultrie, GA), MacIntyre Park Middle School (Thomasville, GA), and Mandarin Christian School (Jacksonville, FL). She was the assistant band director for the Colquitt County “50th Regiment” High School Band, the Thomasville High School Band, and the Wolfson High School “Wolfpack” Band.

As a performer, Mrs. Zentz was principal clarinetist for the Albany Symphony Orchestra for three years. She is a charter member and first clarinetist in the First Coast Wind Ensemble, Jacksonville’s professional-caliber community band.

She has presented sessions at music education conferences and workshops throughout the country. She has presented over 50 times at major music education conferences in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia and West Virginia.

As an author, Mrs. Zentz has been published in the leading journals for music education and has authored four method books: Junior Jam Session, Note Name Nonsense, Percussion Playalongs, and The Heart Chart. Her “Heart Chart Rhythm System” is being used in over 1000 schools world-wide and was produced in a version for the SMARTBoard.

Mrs. Zentz’s student performing groups are known for their excellence, having performed twice on the Florida Music Educators Association Annual Conference. Her bands have received superior ratings at music performance assessments and her solo and ensemble entries have been rated superior.

She was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a fellowship recipient in jazz education, Windy Hill Elementary’s “Teacher of the Year” in 1992 and as a semi-finalist for Duval County’s (FL) Teacher of the Year in 1993.  In 2005 she was named “Teacher of the Year” at Cunningham Creek Elementary. In 2012 she was named one of “50 Band Directors Who Make A Difference” by SBO: School Band and Orchestra Magazine. In 2015 she was named “Teacher of the Year” for Switzerland Point Middle School. In 2016 she was named “Teacher of the Year” for St. Johns County School District, and a finalist for “Florida’s Teacher of the Year 2017”.

Her husband, Don, has been a band director at the middle school, high school, community college and university levels. He is a professional woodwind performer whose primary instrument is saxophone. He directs the jazz ensembles at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville. They have two daughters, Danielle (clarinet) who is a recent graduate of the University of North Florida, and Andrea (flute), who is a sophomore at Florida State College at Jacksonville.  Both are education majors.

 13939941_10201899717051184_2077213545_oMichael Shine is the Assistant Band Director at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns, FL, where he teaches beginning band, concert band, wind ensemble, guitar, and jazz band classes.  He was recently selected as Swiss Point’s Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2016.  He is a performer and board member with the First Coast Wind Symphony, a high-level community band in Jacksonville. Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education degree with honors along with a Music Performance Certificate from the University of Florida.

An avid supporter of music education, Michael has been twice elected as the Treasurer of the University of Florida’s NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter.  He has played in the University of Florida Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Gator Marching Band, All-Saxophone Festival Orchestra, and has previously been involved in both undergraduate and graduate saxophone quartets. As a sought-after pit orchestra musician, he has played reed parts in such productions as South Pacific, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In The Heights, and Guys & Dolls. In Spring 2013, Michael won the UF Saxophone Studio concerto competition, and performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the University of Florida All-Saxophone Festival Orchestra. He was also a member of the 2014 Florida Intercollegiate Band, part of the 2014 FMEA Conference.  In 2014 Michael also won the UF Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, for Music Performance.  Michael has studied saxophone with Dr. Michael Bovenzi (University of North Florida), Dr. Geoffrey Deibel (Wichita State University), and Dr. Jonathan Helton (University of Florida).


Another great school year is over!  Have a great summer and we will see you again in August!

Summer Jazz Camp 2017

Summer Pops Camp 2017

honor band web 2017SPMS Students in the 2017 All County Honor Band

allstate1Theresa Le and Parker White at 2017 Florida All-State Band

Webster4Raising Money, Shopping, and Delivering gifts, bikes, clothes, backpacks, and more to the Webster School in St Augustine

concert16 small163 participate in the Beginning Band Concert, December 5!
parade small225 students march in the Christmas Parade December 3, 2016

IMG_0375 (Copy)Mrs. Zentz was one of the 5 Finalists for
Florida Teacher of the Year!  July 2016, Orlando, FL

IMG_0323 (Copy)Jazz Camp 2016 with Mr. & Mrs. Zentz

IMG_0258 (Copy)Pops Camp 2016 with Mr. Shine & Mrs. Zentz

IMG_0125 (Copy)Spring Concert 2016,  175 Beginning Band Students!
The largest group in SPMS history!

honor band 2016St Johns County Middle School Honor Band 2016

district winnerMrs. Zentz is the 2016 St Johns County District
Teacher of the Year!

all jazz 15Jazz Camp 2015 with Mr. & Mrs. Zentz

popscamp15Pops Camp June, 2015 with Mrs. Zentz & Mr. Shine

Jazz Night with UNF 1 – April, 2015 with JB Scott

SJC Middle School Honor Band Participants, 2015

St Augustine Christmas Parade, 2014

Flash Mob at Hickory Creek Elementary, 2014

Bartram Trail HS 8th Grade Night, 2014

Jazz Camp, 2014 with Mr. Zentz

Wild Adventures Trip, March, 2014

UNF Jazz Ensemble III visits SPMS Jazz Ensemble
Marc Dickman, Director 2013

Jazz Ensemble Camp 2013 Don Zentz, Director

Pops Concert Camp 2013

Rookie Camp 2013 – 8th Graders with Mr. Duckett

Fun times at Universal Studios, 2013

Clinics with Artie Clifton, Dr. Gordon Brock, and Dr. Bill Prince

Congratulations to our 16 students who participated in the St Johns County Middle School Honor Band 2013!

St Augustine Christmas Parade 2012

Brass Demo Concert by JB Scott and Dave Steinmeyer 2013

Helpful Links for Parents and Students
Our Local High School Bands
Bartram Trail High School Band – Mr. Jason Duckett
Creekside High School Band – Mr. Rick Fowler
Nease High School Band – Mr. Michael Johnson
Ponte Vedra High School Band – Mr. Jermaine Reynolds
St Augustine High School Band – Ms. Danielle Singer
Our Local Community/University Bands and Orchestras
First Coast Wind Symphony, Jacksonville
The University of North Florida Ensembles
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
St Augustine Community Orchestra
Northeast Florida Conservatory of Music (Mandarin)
Support Organizations for Music Education
National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC)
Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA)
Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA)
St Johns Cultural Council
Music Education Advocacy Materials
Twelve Benefits of Music Education
Musical Instruments, Repair, and Accesories
Map to Rhapsody Music 12041 Beach Blvd 904-642-4040 Mr. Dick Robert