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Michael Friedman, Director of Bands, 2016-present

Michael Friedman is currently in his 3rd year as the Director of JP Taravella Band. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Friedman taught high school for 25 years. His most recent appointments have been at Sawgrass Springs Middle School and Cypress Bay High School. Under his direction, Mr. Friedman’s bands have earned dozens of Superior Ratings at both District and State Music Performance Assessments in the areas of Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, and is currently completing a Doctorate at Boston University. Mr. Friedman is active as an adjudicator and guest clinician for many events throughout Florida.   

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Elizabeth 'Eli' Jimenez, Associate Director of Bands 2016 - Present

Ms. Elizabeth Jimenez, or ‘Eli’ as she is known by, is a Florida native. She attended Florida International University, Majoring in Health Sciences and Administration. Eli first began her Color Guard journey in high school joining Braddock Independent the year after graduation. Eli has spent 5 years with Braddock Independent working herself up to captain. She also spent a year with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Eli has joined the JP Taravella Band family in 2016, directing our Marching Band Color Guard and Winter Guard and acting as Associate Director of Bands.