1308 Productions http://www.1308productions.org inspiring young Americans, providing an entertainment vehicle for public service activities, supporting music education near and far ... Sun, 09 Jul 2017 14:49:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.1308productions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-new_classic_logo_lg-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32 1308 Productions http://www.1308productions.org 32 32 Update on music classes in Fauge, Haiti http://www.1308productions.org/2017/07/update-on-music-classes-in-fauge-haiti/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 02:08:59 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2212 Great news from Haiti:

The new music education program in Fauge, Haiti, is underway. Summer students learn about music and playing instruments, and about their own special potential. Twice every week, the class convenes and the students absolutely love it. The instruments were supplied by 1308 Productions which has worked with Pastor Clement Jean Chery and Nanslie Chery to design this outreach program and to make it a reality. 

Message from the Summer School in Fauge:  “Thank you 1308!  The students are truly excited and grateful for the opportunity and experience.”

Photos from June and July 2017:


More info: http://www.torchofhopehaiti.org/

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Student Musicians Honored With 2017 Bob Novack Music Awards http://www.1308productions.org/2017/06/student-musicians-honored-with-2017-bob-novack-music-awards/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:23:36 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2146 20th Annual Bob Novack Music Awards

Since 1997, the Bob Novack Music Awards has been a leading mechanism to recognize outstanding student musicians and support music education in public schools. As a result, music education has been highlighted, and its great value for students and their future has been increasingly recognized. Advocacy for music education has resulted in positive impacts for the role of music in all public schools, and in the lives of countless students.
Bob Novack was one of Florida’s most talented musicians, band and orchestra leaders, and music teachers for over forty years. His music brought smiles to people’s faces at everything from major events with audiences in the thousands, to countless special occasions, to cultural, ethnic and religious celebrations of all kinds, to private parties with family and friends. In his honor and remembrance, the Bob Novack Music Awards recognize music students who have been chosen by school music faculty on the basis of love and dedication to music and a demonstrated ability to lift the lives of others through musical performance.
The 2017 Bob Novack Music Awards were presented to three outstanding student musicians.  Each of the winners has been a huge asset to the music program at their schools, to local events, and to the service of others in a wide variety of musical performances. They are a credit to their schools and the entire community.
At Nautilus Middle School, legendary music teacher Ray Modia and the faculty selected Bruno Montenegro for the Award. Bruno is a dedicated music student who has been playing clarinet since the 6th grade, putting in countless hours of practices, rehearsals, and performances. “He is always there to help and mentor other students and to help make the music program the best it can be,” said Mr. Modia. “Bruno has achieved much success for himself, for his school, and for his community.”
“These annual awards are always an inspiration to the present and future of our music students,” said Mr. Modia. “We work hard all year towards this day,” he said.
The Award winners this year at Bay Harbor K-8 were two exceptional students, Jasmine Bras and Alejandro Roqueso.  Nominated for the awards by lead music educator Onil Rodriguez, these students earned  recognition for their outstanding musical talent and achievements.
Jasmine Bras has been the school’s top violist for the last three years. Hard working, disciplined, dependable, “Jasmine has an incredible love for music,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “Jasmine is a leader who has mentored other aspiring musicians,” he said. “An exceptional music student”.
Alejandro Roqueso is a proven music devotee with multiple skills and interests. He has performed with guitar ensemble, the vocal group, and plays double bass in the string orchestra. Alejandro volunteers as a mentor to other students.  “Alejandro has been a wonderful asset to our music program,” said Mr. Rodriguez.
Annually, the Bob Novack Music Award winners are each presented with information about the award’s history, trophies, certificates, and a $100 scholarship check from 1308 Productions. Their names are inscribed on permanent records, online recognition and tributes, and on the 1308 Productions web site.
Through support provided for the graduation ceremonies this year by Guitar Center, two additional students were recognized for their success and musical talents. $25 gift certificates were presented to Izabella Perez and Matthew Haber, selected by Mr. Rodriguez for their talent and future with music education.

“These awards inspire students all year long, they boost the students’ motivation and ultimate results,” said Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Principal Maria Soto-Rodriguez. “Students are impressed and appreciative of this kind of recognition that comes from outside of the school.”

Attorney Paul Novack, as son of Bob Novack and representative of 1308 Productions, participates in the ceremonies and speaks to the students every year about their future potential.  “The Novack family is such a great friend to our schools and its students, they are amazing, ” said RKB music lead teacher Onil Rodriguez. 

“Just so very important for our music programs and for the character and success of so many students in our public schools,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “I’m very proud of Jason and Allison, founders of 1308 Productions, who are both graduates of our school.”


4th Annual “CAROLE AWARD” Presented at Seniors Ceremony http://www.1308productions.org/2017/05/4th-annual-carole-award-presented-at-seniors-ceremony/ Fri, 26 May 2017 18:26:35 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2119 The 2017 Senior Awards Ceremonies were held before a packed house at the beautiful auditorium of Miami Beach Senior High School on May 24, 2017. The program was led by Nina Duval, lead teacher and former chair of the school’s tremendous Fine Arts Program.  Attorney, former Mayor, and Beach High alumnus Paul Novack was on hand to represent 1308 Productions in presenting the Fourth Annual Carole Taran Award to the school’s most outstanding student in the performing arts.
Mr. Novack paid tribute to everyone present, especially all of the graduating seniors, and their teachers, family members, and friends.  He noted that reaching their level of achievement has been a team effort, a great reflection of the world class success of the Beach High educational experience. 
The Novack family sponsors non-profit, public service 1308 Productions, which was founded by Jason Novack and Allison Novack, who are also alums of Beach High. Since 2003, 1308 Productions has supported and promoted music education in public schools, has sponsored music events for youth in the community, and has presented awards at Beach High, Nautilus Middle School, and Bay Harbor K-8.  Mr. Novack paid a particular salute to the corps of teachers who have boosted the lives of the community’s students, giving particular thanks to Nina Duval, Ken Speigelman, David Guthrie, and Maria Sahwell, for their leadership and devotion to Beach High’s students.
The Carole Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts is a memorial for a great singer, dancer, actress, and producer, who got her own start at Beach High.  Carole was active in music and performance throughout her high school years, performing in all of the school’s plays, events and productions.
Carole Taran Lee went on to a career in entertainment that spanned over five decades, and her success as an entertainer and as a producer has received widespread acclaim. She led the nationally renowned events production company Adam Productions. In her memory and honor, the top outstanding student at Beach High has been recognized each year since Carole’s passing in 2013.
The 2017 Award was presented to Bleu O’Brien, whom the faculty praised as “without a doubt the most gifted actor we have ever seen in our program.”  Ms. Duval said that “his natural talents are even more remarkable considering that he has never received any professional performance or vocal training outside of the public school system.”
Bleu O’Brien has performed in nine school productions, five as the main character.  He was earned a reputation for thoroughly researching each role, and for meticulously preparing for each performance. He has been featured in international and district competitions in several categories including Small Group Musical, Small Group Ensemble, Monologue, and Duet Acting.  He received the 1016 All Star Award at the District One Competition.  Bleu is also an accomplished film maker, on screen talent, and news anchor. He won the 2016 Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Miami Beach Film Festival. Bleu has also served as President of the Thespian Society at Beach High.  His next act, and next challenge: attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
1308 Productions congratulates Bleu O’Brien on the Award and on his talents, success, and launch from high school into the future. He received the Award, a $500 scholarship check from 1308 Productions, his name was inscribed on a perpetual plaque on display at the school, and he earned the widespread recognition that goes with joining the prestigious group of students who have been honored in memory of Carole Taran.
MIAMI HERALD: Group donates keyboards, amplifiers to Bay Harbor K-8 music students http://www.1308productions.org/2017/04/group-donates-keyboards-amplifiers-to-bay-harbor-k-8-music-students/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:03:43 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2102 By Christina Mayo

Music can heal and help people everywhere.

The creative minds behind South Florida-based 1308 Productions hosted an inspirational party for the music class at Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center at which they also donated keyboards and amplifiers to the school

The group used the opportunity to recognize the school’s music educator, Onil Rodriguez, and his devoted and talented students.

“The students showed great interest in continuing with their music education in high school, and keeping music as a part of their lives in the future,” Allison Novack, co-founder of 1308 Productions, said in email.

Novack spoke to the class about “the importance of music education, public service and reaching out to people in need everywhere.” She also told the music students about 1308’s support of youth music, live performances, scholarships and programs.

The students enthusiastically responded, she said, with “many questions, keen attention and appreciation for everything that 1308 Productions and the Novack family does for schools, students and educators.”

“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” Rodriguez said. “We are so very thankful for the support, the instruments, the encouragement and the amazing effort to open the minds of young people to the needs of others.”

To learn more, visit http://www.1308productions.org. The group has expanded its reach of support, influence and example to New York, Nashville and Haiti in its mission of devotion to public service and music education.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article141761824.html#storylink=cpy

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1308 SPONSORS APPRECIATION EVENT FOR MUSIC STUDENTS http://www.1308productions.org/2017/03/1308-sponsors-appreciation-event-for-music-students/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:07:41 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2083 1308 Productions sponsored a party for the music class at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 on March 10, 2017 as a tribute to outstanding music educator Onil Rodriguez and his devoted, talented students.  1308 also donated keyboards and amplifiers and cables to the school’s music program.
Allison Novack, co-founder of 1308, was there to speak to the class about the importance of music education, public service, and reaching out to people in need everywhere. Allison spoke about 1308’s support of youth music, live performances, scholarships, and programs. The students enthusiastically responded with many questions, keen attention, and appreciation for everything that 1308 Productions and the Novack family does for schools, students, and educators.
Allison also addressed numerous public service initiatives and how 1308 strives to serve as an example to help motivate the efforts of other individuals and organizations.  “The students showed great interest in continuing with their music education in high school, and keeping music as a part of their lives in the future,” said Allison.
“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” said Mr. Rodriguez.  “We are so very thankful for the support, the instruments, the encouragement, and the amazing effort to open the minds of young people to the needs of others.”


Bandshell Stage Named For Clark Douglas Burris http://www.1308productions.org/2016/10/bandshell-stage-named-for-clark-douglas-burris/ Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:58:08 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=2079 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm the legendary Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble in concert (and friends) will be celebrating the official naming of the Miami Beach North Beach Bandshell stage for Mr. Burris, the longtime ensemble director who passed away this year.


Event information: http://www.rhythmfoundation.com/events/beach-high-rock-ensemble-at-food-trucks-music-night/

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/178762952530125/

Student Musicians Honored With 2016 Bob Novack Music Awards http://www.1308productions.org/2016/06/student-musicians-honored-with-2016-bob-novack-music-awards/ Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:04:23 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=1534 Music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students each year and at their graduation ceremonies, 1308 Productions presents each one with the Bob Novack Music Award and a scholarship check. Three incredibly talented students were recently honored at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 and at Nautilus Middle School.

“These awards create so much drive and inspiration amongst the students all year long,” said Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Principal Maria Soto-Rodriguez. “The positive impact is continuous, with the students so appreciative of this kind of recognition that comes from outside of the school.”

Former Surfside Mayor Paul Novack, as son of Bob Novack and representative of 1308 Productions, participates in the ceremonies and speaks to the students about their unlimited potential. “Mr. Novack always inspires our students with the confidence and positive attitude that will help them achieve great things in the future,” said RKB music lead teacher Onil Rodriguez.

“1308 Productions, created by Jason Novack and Allison Novack, is so awesome. What they do for our students and our program is really powerful and meaningful,” said Mr. Rodriguez.

The 2016 award winners are Ryan Gutierrez at Nautilus Middle School, and Marian Abuhazi and Martha Alamilla at RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Ryan Gutierrez is “an outstanding lead trumpet player and a superb guitar player,” said legendary Nautilus music teacher Ray Modia. “Ryan is an outstanding member of our Concert Band and also our Jazz Ensemble, and he has performed at many school and community events,” said Modia.

Marian Abuhazi has had an amazing school career at RKB K-8. “Marian is the first chair Viola player in our String Orchestra, and she has mentored the other 10 viola students,” said Onil Rodriguez. “Marian is a straight A student, sings in vocal ensemble, and has performed with the New World Symphony and at many events.” “Marian is ready for wonderful things ahead.”

Martha Alamilla has also enjoyed great success at RKB K-8. Martha has been the first chair Cellist in the school symphony, and she is also an excellent dancer. “Martha sings in Vocal Ensemble, mentors other students cellists, performs in many school and community events, and has a great future,” said Mr. Rodriguez.

“These three students are a credit to their families, to their schools and teachers, and to their communities,” said Mr. Novack. “Most of all, their achievements are a credit to themselves, because they have very worked hard to get to this point.” “They have the proven ability to now launch ahead into lifetimes of success and happiness, and music will be an invaluable part of their futures.”

Since 1997, each year the Bob Novack Music Awards are presented in memory of the late Bob Novack, a life-long musician, band leader and music educator. Mr. Novack performed with famous big bands throughout the United States including the Glenn Miller Band, and he led the Bob Novack Orchestras in South Florida for four decades. Bob Novack’s bands performed at thousands of major events and special occasions; he was a versatile and talented keyboards player with vast musical knowledge and a charismatic band leadership style. His legacy includes bringing smiles and joy to others through his music, and the student winners each year do the same thing. Congratulations to Ryan, Marian, and Martha.


3rd Annual “CAROLE AWARD” Presented at Seniors Ceremony http://www.1308productions.org/2016/06/3rd-annual-carole-award-presented-at-seniors-ceremony/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:57:07 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=1508 The third annual Carole Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts at Miami Beach Senior High School was presented to senior Stephany Arbelaez, a superbly talented performer who was selected for the award by the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy at Beach High.

2016 Carole Award photo
photo: L to R: Nina Duval, Paul Novack, and Stephany Arbelaez

“Stephany is an extremely talented music student and performer, with a wonderful voice,” said Nina Duval, Lead Teacher and Fine Arts Chair at the high school. Stephany will be attending the New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College in the fall.

Stephany is a veratile performer who can take on any role as an actress, instrumentalist, or singer.  She sang in school and community theatrical productions, and also with Beach High’s Rock Ensemble. During high school Stephany performed in seven school productions, as well as in numerous public service, nursing home and homeless shelter events, positively impacting the lives of many people. Stephany has also actively participated in many Brazilian Club functions, spreading awareness of Brazilian culture throughout South Florida.

Beach High has become well known for its first rate fine arts programs, with numerous dramatic and musical performances that have been a credit to the school system and the entire community.

The 2016 Senior Awards Ceremonies were held on Wednesday May 25th at the Beach High Auditorium and the “Carole Award” was presented to Stephany Arbelaez at that time. Stephany received a Certificate and a $500.00 scholarship check, courtesy of 1308 Productions, a non-profit music advocacy organization. Stephany was humble, thrilled and excited about the recognition and scholarship award.

The annual award is presented by 1308 Productions, a non-profit and public service music education advocacy organization founded and led by former Beach High students Jason Novack and Allison Novack, Carole’s nephew and niece. The award is in honor and memory of their aunt, Carole Taran Lee, also an alumnus of Beach High.

The award was presented to Stephanie by Carole’s brother Paul Novack.


“No Refunds” – New Ex Norwegian Live Album http://www.1308productions.org/2016/04/no-refunds-new-ex-norwegian-live-album/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:14:40 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=1503 Ex Norwegian are done with their #PureGoldTour and have a limited live release titled “No Refunds“. The digital album comprises of 12 songs recorded on their March 2016 tour which sees the band completely rearranging many of their classics as well as revved up versions from their latest studio album, “Pure Gold“. Check it out on BandCamp.

The Macsters – Miami Powerpop http://www.1308productions.org/2016/04/the-macsters/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 02:56:15 +0000 http://www.1308productions.org/?p=1499 Miami powerpop band the Macsters have been performing all over South Florida for the past couple years and are getting ready to release their debut album later this year. Catch up with the band and stay up to date via their Facebook page and website, themacsters.com