I’m quite excited to continue building our young new music program at Mater Lakes Academy. I am a native of Miami, Florida and a 2005 graduate of The Florida State University, 2002 graduate of Miami-Dade College.
Accomplishments of the Mater Lakes Academy Music Program that was established in 2013. During the 2015-2016 school year: Over 100 Students performed in the Florida Bandmasters Association & Florida Vocal Association Music Performance Assessments and those students received Superior & Excellent ratings. The Middle School Symphonic Band received straight Excellent ratings and the first Superior rating in our history here at Mater Lakes, they received that Superior in the sight-reading portion of the music performance assessment. We had an overwhelming support for interest in Jazz, last school year we started two jazz band classes and they were quite successful. Our top jazz band received Excellent ratings at their music performance assessment and performed locally in the Miami Lakes area. Our new pep band performed at Pep Rallies and Basketball games. During the 2014-15 school year we traveled to Walt Disney World and participated in the Performing Arts Workshops. The 2015-16 school year the Music & Art departments traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. 2016-17 school year the Music, Art & Drama departments collaborated for a trip to New York City!
Mr. Jones is a product of the Miami-Dade County Public School system graduating from Homestead Senior High School in 1998. Prior to arriving at Mater Lakes Academy he was assigned to teach at Coconut Palm K-8 Academy (4 years, new music program) , South Dade Middle (2 years, started the music program from scratch) and Glades Middle School (1.5 years). Student-teacher at Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City and was an assistant band director/instructor at Coral Reef Senior High School from 1999-2002.
Class Schedule for 2017-2018
Period 1 (HS) 7:30-8:25am - HS Wind Ensemble (Band 2, 3, 4 & 5)
Period 2 (HS) 8:50-10:25am - Jazz Band
Period 3 > 8:50-10:25am - Planning
Period 4 (HS) 10:30am-Noon - Beginning Band (Lunch from 12:05-12:50pm)
Period 5 (MS) 10:30am-Noon - Beginning Band (Lunch from 12:05-12:50pm)
Period 6 (MS) 12:55-2:30pm - MS Symphonic Band (Band 2 & 3)
Period 7 (MS/HS) 12:55-2:30pm - Chorus 1, 2, 3 & 4
Period 1 (MS) 2:35-3:30pm - 6th Grade Music Exploration
A day: Periods 1, 2, 4, 6
B day: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Mr. Jones' After School Schedule
Varies please check with me via Remind messaging or Email.
Mater Lakes DrumLine/Percussion Rehearsals
Varies: Students will be notified well in advance of upcoming rehearsals via Remind messaging.
2017 Calendar of Events 2018
Every effort is made to plan ahead in order to promote success and relieve stress among the students, parents, teachers and director. Although dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances, every effort will be made to adhere to this calendar. Please refer to it often, and avoid conflicts whenever possible.
Fall Concerts: Fall Pep Rally Performance
October 19th (Wednesday) 7pm
-Winter Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 7pm-
(Students Report @ 6:30pm)
December 6th (Wed.): Jazz & Wind Ensembles
December 12th (Tues.): Middle School Band 1 & Symphonic Band (Tentative)
December 13th (Wed.): Chorus
January (during school): Period 4 HS Band 1
Jan. 2018 (TBA) : Music Picture Day
Florida Bandmaster Association Music Performance Assessments
Jazz Band Festival: February 2018 @ Miami Coral Park Sr. HS ~ Performance Time: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 @ 5pm ~
High School Wind Ensemble Festival: March 2018 @ Hialeah Gardens Sr. HS
Middle School Symphonic Band Festival: March 2018 @ Hialeah Gardens Sr. HS
Florida Vocal Association Music Performance Assessments
Chorus Festival: March 10, 2018 @ Ronald Reagan/Doral Sr. HS
Spring 2018 Events
March 15th (Wednesday) Recital Evening - Tentative
May 2018 - FL Trip: Music
Spring Concerts Schedule
Subject to Change
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May (Friday during various class periods) - Period 3 HS 1st Year Band & Period 7 Jazz Band
May 2018 During the School Day - Chorus
May 9th (Wednesday @ 7pm) - HS Jazz Band & Wind Ensemble
May 15 th (Tuesday @ 7pm)MS Band 1 & Symphonic Band