Annual Bob Novack Music Awards Presented At Student Mini-Concert May 27, 2021
Congratulations to exemplary, accomplished student musicians Lia Beltzer, Hendrik Garrard, and Felipe Inzillo, winners of the 2021 “Bob Novack Music Awards” at RKBBH K-8 Center in Bay Harbor, Florida.
1308 Productions, a non-profit organization that support music education, was created with inspiration from the musical career and life long service of renowned musician and orchestra leader Bob Novack. The organization was founded over two decades ago by his grandchildren, Jason and Allison Novack, who today are successful adults who appreciate their musical roots and continue to give back to the community and its local schools.
Founded in 1997, the Bob Novack Music Awards recognize outstanding music students and promote the value and importance of music education in schools. It also celebrates the achievements of local teachers. At Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 School, we thank outstanding music educator Onil Rodriguez for his amazing contributions to the lives of our area’s youth. Even in the midst of the pandemic, Mr. Rodriguez has managed to have students playing instruments, learning music, and maintaining a strict, healthy, and safe environment. On May 27, 2021, the latest recipients of the annual awards were honored at a mini-concert and award ceremony.
Musician, band leader, and music teacher Bob Novack was one of Florida’s most talented musicians. His music has brought smiles to people’s faces at everything from major events with thousands of attendees to countless special occasions, to cultural, social, and religious celebrations. To honor and remember Bob Novack, the Bob Novack Music Awards recognize music students selected by their school’s music faculty on the basis of their love and dedication to music and their ability to lift the lives of others through music.
Three outstanding student musicians received the 2021 Bob Novack Music Awards. Each of the winners has developed significant talent that has been shared at schools, community events, and online. They are a credit to their schools and the community at large. Three students at Ruth Broad Bay Harbor K-8 won awards this year: Lia Beltzer, Hendrik Garrard, and Felipe Inzillo.
Lia has been actively involved in music education throughout her school career. She plays with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Ruth K. Broad String Ensemble. “A great musician and a great young lady,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “Lia has been a mentor to many other music students, and her singing and cello playing bring joy to others.”
Hendrik Garrard has shown leadership throughout his involvement in the school’s music program. After mastering the viola, he took up the double bass, excelling at each step along the way. “He is the prime example of a team player. He has made a great impact in our band room and he leaves an indelible mark upon our program,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “Hendrik is a dedicated musician and an example to others.”
Felipe Inzillo is a top violinist at the school. “He is first chair in the String Orchestra, is very hard working, and is a quick learner,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “He mentors other students, leads small groups in helping others to learn music, and is a truly excellent student who loves music.” Teachers and students alike will miss Felipe’s enthusiastic participation after he graduates.
Winners of the Bob Novack Music Awards were presented with information about the award’s history, trophies, certificates, and a $200 scholarship check from 1308 Productions at their schools. The names of these students are inscribed on permanent plaques and records, and they have been urged to pursue music education.
“I just cannot say enough about attorney and former Mayor Paul Novack, his family, and all that they continue to do for our school and particularly our music program,” said Onil Rodriguez. “The Bob Novack Awards, named after Paul’s father, have been part of the foundation of our entire music program for over two decades,” said Rodriguez. “We are so appreciative of the tremendous public service and dedication of the Novack family. They continuously inspire our students year in and year out and we are so much better because of their involvement. The impact of the Novack family’s encouragement and support is just amazing.”