Students at Nautilus Middle and Bay Harbor K-8 win Novack music awards

The Miami Herald
June 22, 2017

A student’s reach for greatness is almost always part of a team effort as family members, teachers and friends play incredibly important behind-the-scene roles of support.

For 20 years, the Bob Novack Music Awards have recognized outstanding student musicians and supported music education in public schools. Novack was one of Florida’s most talented musicians, band and orchestra leaders, and music teachers for more than 40 years.

In remembrance of him, the awards honor students who have been chosen by local 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 awards continue to be given through the 1308 Productions public service group that advocates for music education.

This year, the honors went to Bruno Montenegro at Nautilus Middle School, and Jasmine Bras and Alejandro Roqueso at Bay Harbor K-8.

Nautilus Middle music teacher Ray Modia said Bruno is a dedicated music student who has been playing clarinet since the sixth 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,” Modia said in a release. “Bruno has achieved much success for himself, for his school, and for his community.”

At Bay Harbor K-8, Jasmine and Alejandro were nominated for their awards by music educator Onil Rodriguez. Jasmine has been the school’s top violist for the last three years. Alejandro has performed with guitar ensemble, the vocal group, and plays double bass in the string orchestra.

“Jasmine is a leader who has mentored other aspiring musicians,” Rodriguez said in a release. Alejandro, who also volunteers as a mentor to other students, “has been a wonderful asset to our music program.”

The winners are 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, and on the 1308 Productions website,, where you can learn more and donate if you wish.

Rodriguez also selected two other Bay Harbor K-8 students, Izabella Perez and Matthew Haber, for their talent and future with music education. They were given $25 gift certificates.

Attorney Paul Novack, son of Bob Novack and representative of 1308 Productions, participates in the ceremonies and speaks to the students each year about their potential.

“The Novack family is such a great friend to our schools and its students, they are amazing,” Rodriguez said. “Their service to others is really appreciated. 1308 Productions, created by Jason Novack and Allison Novack, does so much for music programs and for the character and success of so many students in our public schools. I’m very proud of Jason and Allison, who are both graduates of our school.”

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Friends and Neighbors: Students honored with Bob Novack Student Music Awards

The Miami Herald
June 4, 2015

Today, I want to say congratulations to all the 2015 graduates — whether you are stepping up from kindergarten to the first grade, or from college to grad school. This is a very important time in your life and my blessings on you all for a great future.

In keeping with that, it’s also “Hats off” time to the winners of the annual Bob Novack Student Music Awards. Each year, music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students. The award, presented by 1308 Productions, comes a scholarship check to inspire continued achievement.

The 2015 winners are Leonardo Tedesco of Nautilus Middle School and Tobias Pagliaroli at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Leonardo is a skilled bass guitarist and a devoted assistant to the music program at Nautilus. Ray Modia, his music teacher said, “Leonardo has been a great asset to our band. He practices hard, helps his peers in all respects, and plans to become a professional musician.”

Leonardo also has been instrumental in helping to set up for all school concerts and other events. He will attend Miami Beach High in the fall to continue his education and development of his musical skills.

Tobias’ Broad music teacher Onil Rodriguez said of him, “Tobi has been the first chair violin in our orchestra since he was in the sixth grade. He is a great musician and a great young man.”

Rodriguez said Tobias helps tune the orchestra, is a featured soloist and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger students. He has performed publicly many times, including at All State and the Florida Youth Symphony. “I am a better teacher for having Tobi in my classes and ensembles,” Rodriguez said.

Former Surfside Mayor Paul Novack, son of the late Bob Novack, introduced and congratulated the winners at the awards ceremony. Bob Novack was a life-long musician, band leader and music educator who performed with several famous bands throughout the United States, including the Glenn Miller Band. He led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades.

In addition to sponsoring these two awards, the Novack family also produces many music education programs, including a new one for children in Haiti. For more information visit

Kids honored for achievements in music

The Miami Herald
June 15, 2014

For several years now, I have had the pleasure of congratulating the winners of the Bob Novack Music Awards, presented at Miami Beach area schools, while also introducing the winners to you. I like that, because it puts some very deserving and talented students in the spotlight.

Each year, the music faculty at local public schools select their most outstanding, talented and dedicated students, and 1308 Productions presents each one with the Bob Novack Music Award and a scholarship check to recognize them and inspire their continued achievement.

This year, three students from Nautilus Middle School and Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center were selected for the 2014 award.

They are: Najura Hanchard and Matteus Cobo, who according to a press release are “two high achieving and motivated students” from RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center; and Mahitte Kaisaal from Nautilus Middle.

Onil Rodriguez, a music educator at RKB Bay Harbor, said Najura is first cellist in the school’s String Orchestra and she has performed with the Advanced Bobcat guitar Ensemble. “Najura has also performed with the South Florida Youth Symphony and the New World Youth Symphony Concert.”

He said Matteus plays double bass in the school’s String Orchestra and is an avid guitarist. “Matteus has performed numerous times with the Advanced Bobcat Guitar Ensemble and at many events in the school and community,” Rodriguez s said. Matteus also played lead guitar in a rock performance of classical music during the school awards assembly and ceremonies that were held at Miami Beach High School Auditorium.

Mahittte who recently graduated from Nautilus Middle School, was selected for the award because she is “an extremely talented musician who has been an important part of the Nautilus Jazz and Guitar Ensemble for two years, said Nautilus music educator Ray Modia. “Mahitte has also won many piano competitions and done many recitals in the community,” he said. Mahitte also served as president of the Nautilus Student Council.

The Bob Novack Award is presented in memory of the late Bob Novack, a life-long musician, band leader and music educator. He performed with famous bands throughout the United States, including the Glenn Miller Band. He led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades.

Heart Of Gold Girls – March 2012

Music and social activism fit together…perfectly. Apparently, Allison Novack, producer at 1308 Productions, agrees. Two years ago, Allison was named to Teen Voices’ and J-Vibe’s 18 Under 18 lists, and today, at 20, she continues to make a lot of noise for causes through her work.

Heart of Gold had the chance to interview Allison, and she spills the dirt on what she does, why she does it, and what it takes to be a passionate changemaker.

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Teen Voices – Dec 2009

Allison Novack, 17, of Surfside, Florida combines her passion for music with public service by producing teen-friendly concerts with 1308 Productions, a non-profit that she and her family created. The shows give new bands exposure, benefit different causes, and allow teens to help organize the events and gain community involvement. Allison talked with Teen Voices about her work to improve her community and the world through music.

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JVibe – July 2009

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Sky News Network – October 27, 2008

SKY NEWS NETWORK with a live television global audience of approximately 180 million viewers focuses on 1308 Productions and its efforts to activate and entertain youth in America. This interview was broadcast globally on October 27, 2008 on live television and had vast additional viewers on Internet streaming video for an estimated audience of far beyond 200 million people. The featured interview is of 1308 Productions lead producer ALLISON NOVACK.

JVibe – Sept/Oct 2008

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Miami Montage – July 2008

As the producer of 1308 Productions, Allison Novack spends her weekends scrambling to book locations, vendors, sponsors and bands for upcoming venues while organizing “Rock the Vote” concerts.

During the week, she is a regular 16-year-old junior at Miami Beach Senior High School.

Allison is only one of the many local teens working to encourage youth voting through the music scene in South Florida.

“My dad was the mayor of Surfside,” Allison said “I grew up in a very political and music-oriented family; this is something I know works.”

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YPulse – May 12, 2008

On to teen entrepreneurs. Check out these teens at 1308 Productions (Plum TV profile), a south Florida company that “sponsors all ages live music shows show featuring great young bands and bringing teens together for community service involvement.”

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Plum TV – May 7, 2008

Plum TV interviews Allison Novack and her father Paul Novack about their homegrown 1308 Productions company and its upcoming Rock the Vote Youth Rock Music Show.

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