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Laurie Zentz & Jeremy Price, Directors
Teri Jacobs, Administrative Assistant
Barry Olsavsky, Percussion Instructor ~ Kirstie Gabaldon, Principal

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Newest Band Calendar!
Updated 3-3-18


Saturday, April 21
Lakeside Jazz Festival
Zentz and Price Jazz

Sunday, April 29
Wild Adventures
All band students
WA permission 2018

Thursday, May 3
Spring Concert Beginning Band
6:00 pm
Spring Concert Symphonic Band and Guitar Class
7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 8
Jazz Night with DASOTA
Zentz and Price Jazz Bands
7:00 pm at SPMS

Thursday, May 10
Spring Concert Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble
7:00 pm


Band Parent Association Board 2017-2018

President: Wesley White
Vice President: Harry Lys
Treasurer: Aloka Wijayawardhana
Co-Treasurer:  Danielle Carwell
Secretary: Bridget Jeffers
Social Media/PR: Dawn Evans


to these parents for volunteering their time to support our band program!


Beginning of the Year INFORMATION
SPMS Band Handbook 17-18

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.

Jeremy Price is the Assistant Band Director at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns, FL, where he teaches beginning band, concert band, guitar, and jazz band classes.  Mr. Price comes to us from Liberty Pines Academy in St. Johns County where he taught middle school band and elementary music.  Before that he taught in the Bronx, New York.

An honor graduate of the Crane School of Music in New York, Mr. Price is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary instrument is percussion.  He currently performs with the First Coast Wind Symphony in Jacksonville.


Newest Band Calendar!

New this year!  Partners in Education Program!
We are seeking businesses to partner with us to support
our amazing band program!
We have multiple ways for you to get involved.
Click below to get more information


SPMS Band calendar 2017-18 update

Click above link for a printable band calendar of events

Also new this year – we are using the Charms Office Assistant
for Band Communication, Finances, and Organization!

Please log in to Charms and update your contact information!
Staying in contact is very important to us!

Instructions for logging into your Charms account

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, 2017!
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. Anthony Cananzi
Ponte Vedra High School Band – Mr. Jermaine Reynolds
St Augustine High School Band – Mr. Wes Peters
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