As a parent of a JP Taravella Band student we want to thank you for joining or returning to the program.  This page will hold various information and resources for your use.   Please see the Band hand book in the download section below.

Band Ensembles

The Band & Orchestra Department is one of the strongest and most active organizations on the campus of J.P. Taravella High School. It is widely acknowledged as one of the finest music programs in Florida, with Band, Orchestra, and Jazz ensembles consistently earning Superior ratings at District and State Music Performance Assessments. Individual honors are a yearly occurrence with members participating in All-State ensembles and State University-sponsored Honor Bands. The Music Department has grown to become a comprehensive and demanding curriculum that consistently brings quality music education into the lives of the school community. The JPT Band & Orchestra Department consists of several musical performing groups and a visual performance ensemble, for details on these groups please click below.


We have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year and you will be notified via email, Remind or our website when they come up.  Volunteering usually is taken on a first come, first served basis. The easiest way to volunteer is by attending the Band parent meetings where you will learn more about the program and where it needs your help or by contacting our communications committee chair (link to contact us page).  We have opportunities with Chaperoning, Field Crew, Hospitality, Uniform Room and other tasks or functions which occur throughout the school year, as well as, Committee Positions.  All volunteers are required to obtain Level 1 Clearance, and any individual who will be chaperoning overnight needs to obtain Level 2 Clearance.  Please consult the Broward County Schools 'Get Involved' section ( for additional information and requesting your Level 1 Clearance.

Helpful Items

  • Remind is a mobile device app that is one of the best ways to get up to date information about the band.  Please go to your device store, download Remind and add class '@jpthsband3' for the band general communications or '@jptguard' for Color Guard specific updates.  
  • Band Calendar is a great way to be up to date on the events related to the band program.  There are several links found on this site. When you access the google calendar (calendar view) there is a '+GoogleCalendar' link on the bottom right hand side of the calendar.  Click on the link and follow the directions to add the Band Calendar to yours.

Band Fair Share

  • The fair share is used to pay for a world class staff of teachers and clinicians, competition entry fees, transportation costs, sheet music, marching band drill and music, choreography, special uniform costs for the color guard and band members, props, repairs, assessment fees, as well as many other expenses required to operate our band program.  The cost of operating a band program of our caliber and magnitude is sizeable and the fair share covers less than half of that cost.  We rely on fundraising, contributions, organizing events and donations to fully fund our program.  We urge all students and parents, if applicable, to participate in band fundraising events as it is central in keeping our band fee costs down.  Additionally, there are numerous opportunities throughout the year to earn through fundraising events and cover band fair share entirely.  If you have any questions about the band fair share or paying your band fair share please consult one of the directors and/or Student Accounts for assistance.  Budgetary reports are provided and reviewed during the schedule parent meetings.  You may also contact our Band Patron Treasurer for any previously prepared reports.  

  • Marching Band Fair Share - $700.00.  The Marching Band Fair Share is split into three payments. The first is $200 due by 6/1/20.  The second is $250 due by 7/1/20, and the final payment of $250 is due by 8/1/20.  There is a $50 discount for each additional sibling, which will be deducted from your final payment of $250.  If paying the Marching Band Fair Share, the Band Class Fair Share is waived.  Since the marching band formations are written for an exact amount of students, and once written cannot be altered very easily, it is imperative that we have an accurate accounting of the exact number of band members by this time. Any students not committed by this date may not be guaranteed a permanent spot in the show, and may have to share a spot with another student alternating performances.   

  • Band Class Fair Share- $175.00.  Is a single payment due on 9/25/20.  There is a $50 discount for each additional sibling.  If the student is paying the Marching Band Fair Share, the Band Class Fair Share is waived.   

  • Trips/Travel - cost varies. Friday football games and Saturday regular season competition travel is covered under the Marching Band Fair Share. Any additional major trips or competitions, especially those requiring an overnight stay or admission to amusements parks, will require an additional Trip Fee. Since many of these types of trips are dependent on many factors such as achieving a qualifying score at regional competitions, some trips cannot be anticipated far in advance. However, we will give students and parents as much notice as possible before scheduling these types of events. As a general rule, trips of this type cost approximately $300.00.