Alejandro Guardia, Jr. Named Director of Bands

Alejandro GuardiaThe South Dade Band program is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alejandro Guardia, Jr. to the position of Director of Bands at South Dade Senior High School. Mr. Guardia is a close friend of the South Dade Band, having worked on the Buccaneer Marching Band’s staff in the 2015 season and performed as a soloist with the Wind Ensemble in May 2016.

Mr. Guardia comes to South Dade after most recently being the Director of Bands at Keys Gate Charter High School in Homestead. He served as the Director of FIU Indoor Winds from 2014-2016, leading his ensemble to the first ever Winds Independent Open Class World Championship at the 2015 WGI Championships in Dayton, OH.

Mr. Guarida is also an active performer (euphonium, trombone, tuba), as well as a composer and arranger. He has performed with several bands and orchestras in South Florida, and is currently principal Euphonium of the Miami Wind Symphony. He started composing music at the age of 15. Since then, his original works have been performed several times throughout the United States and is now gaining some interest in other countries.

Outgoing director Andrew Zweibel praised the decision, saying “I could not be more thrilled to be passing the baton (literally!) of the South Dade Band to my dear friend and colleague, Alejandro Guardia. I have no doubt that his energy, passion, and musicianship will have an incredibly positive impact on the students and program I love so much.”

The band program welcomes Mr. Guardia as he transitions into his new role at South Dade, and looks forward to seeing the program continue to thrive under his leadership.

FINAL SFWGA Premiere Volunteer Info

Below, please find links to the final volunteer lists. Please read carefully and note that the last shift on the adult list is 4-10pm, not 5-11 as originally listed.

Volunteers should report to the Main Office at the beginning of their shift time to check in. All volunteers will receive a blue t-shirt for their shift, which must be returned at the conclusion of the shift. If you would like to purchase your t-shirt, you may do so for $10. You will also receive one meal voucher for each shift you work.

Any questions about volunteering should be directed to Ms. Nicole Fasco at (786) 530-6359. Thank you, and we will see you tomorrow!

SFWGA Premiere Information

Below, please find links to the volunteer schedules for the SFWGA Premiere that we are hosting this Saturday, January 30.

All details regarding job responsibilities will be available on Saturday when you check in, but here are the basics:

  • Check-in for your volunteer shift will take place in the Main Office
  • You will receive a blue SD Band t-shirt to wear for the day. T-Shirts will be re-collected at the conclusion of your shift, or you will have the option of purchasing yours for $10. Pants/shoes/etc. may be anything comfortable.
  • For each shift you work, you will receive one complimentary combo meal (entree, chips, drink) voucher for our concession stand. Feel free to purchase more if you desire 🙂
  • If you have a scheduling concern or conflict with the time(s) you are assigned, please email me by this Wednesday at 7:00am. This will ensure that we have time to modify the schedule accordingly. If I have not heard from you by 7am Wednesday, I will assume you are able to work the times you are scheduled.
Lastly, we are still taking donations of items for concessions. Parents – if you are unable to volunteer, we ask that you please send at least one of the following with your student to school this week to help us offset the costs of concessions:
  • Case of Bottled Water
  • Case of Canned Soda (ONLY: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Mountain Dew)
  • Combo Pack of Individual Chip Bags
  • Box of individually wrapped candy (M&M’s, Skittles, Starburst, Snickers, Kit Kats, etc.)
If you have any questions at all regarding this Saturday’s event before you arrive, please email me. I will get back to you ASAP. When you check in on Saturday, you will receive a contact number for your liaison in case you have questions during the event. PLEASE direct any questions during the event to this person FIRST, and only then to me if they cannot be answered.
Thank you for all you do for our program!

US Navy Band to Perform at SDSHS


The United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C., will present a free concert at South Dade Senior High School in Homestead on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm.

Under the baton of Capt. Brian O. Walden, the band will present a variety of popular and classical favorites. This special performance by the Navy’s premier musical organization is part of the Navy Band’s national tour. The band performs frequently at the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building, and has participated in 21 presidential inaugurals.

Members of the South Dade Senior High School Band will join the Navy Band on stage to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.”

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available by calling (305) 247-4244 x2518 or visiting

Tickets may also be picked up beginning at 5:30 pm on March 2nd at the Auditorium Box Office in front of South Dade Senior High School.

Any unclaimed seats will be available to non ticket holders just prior to concert time.

For more information, call Andrew Zweibel, Director of Bands at South Dade Senior HS at (305) 247-4244 x2518 or email at

Upcoming Pep Gigs

Happy Holidays! The South Dade Band has two UM Basketball game fundraiser performances this coming week. These performances are open to ANY student in the band program, even if they did not participate in marching band this year! Here is the info:

  • Monday, Dec. 29 – 12 pm call time at school, 3pm game, 6pm return
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30 – 4pm call time at school, 7pm game, 10pm return
  • Band wear blue polos and jeans, guard wear pep uniforms

Students, if you are not a Marching Band person and you plan to attend (or if you know a non marching band person who plans to attend) please Contact Mr. Z so music will be ready. We would love to pack the stands and show the University that we should continue getting the calls for these gigs. They are a great fundraiser for our program!

Thanks, and once again, happy holidays!

2013 Marching Band Interest Meeting

There will be an important meeting for all students/parents regarding the end of this year as well as the 2013 marching band season on Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm in the SDHS Band Room. It is extremely important that all parents and students are at this meeting, as important information about the calendar for the end of spring and summer will be discussed. See you there!


South Dade Senior High School is proud to have an superior-rated percussion program, under the direction of band director Andrew Zweibel, and percussion staff Allen Lynch and Leonard Ortega. Under Mr. Zweibel, Allen, and Leo's leadership, South Dade's percussion section has earned the following recognitions:

  • “Superior” rated Percussion Ensemble at 2013 FBA District Solo/Ensemble Festival
  • “Superior” rated Percussion section at 2012 FBA District Marching MPA
  • Best-in-Class Percussion at 2012 Hialeah Showcase of Champions

There is no experience necessary to join South Dade's percussion program! If you are interested, you have a few options:

  1. Sign Up for “Instrumental Ensemble” with your counselor – this is a percussion class
  2. Audition for the 2013 Buccaneer Marching Band percussion section!
For more information on Marching Band percussion auditions, check out the 2013 percussion audition packet at the link below

2012 Percussion Audition Packet


Stay tuned for more information regarding when auditions will be held!

FBA Jazz and Solo/Ensemble Weekend

This weekend, nearly 30 students will be participating in the FBA Jazz and Solo/Ensemble Music Performance Assessment event on behalf of the South Dade Band! Here is the information about each group and how you can support these hard-working students:

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band will be performing at its’ first Jazz MPA in 4 years and looking to earn the first ever “Superior” rating South Dade has received at a Jazz MPA! The South Dade Jazz Band will perform at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 22, 2013 in the Hialeah Gardens Senior HS Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public, so please come support the band as they aim for that “Superior” plaque! We hope to see you there!

Winter Guard

South Dade’s first ever competitive winter color guard will be making its’ second appearance at FBA’s Auxiliary Solo/Ensemble event on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The guard will also be aiming for the first ever “Superior” earned by a South Dade Auxiliary Ensemble at FBA’s S/E festival! These 8 hard-working students will be performing at 3:10 pm on Saturday in the Hialeah Gardens HS Gymnasium. We hope to see you there!


While not open to the public, we would like to wish the following students and ensembles best wishes as they perform for judges on Saturday to earn their own “Superior” medals! Best of luck to:

  • Christian R (Trumpet Solo)
  • Carlos V (Trumpet Solo)
  • Ruben B (Trombone Solo)
  • Reinaldo B (Trombone Solo)
  • Karimah F (Flute Solo)
  • Leslie J (Flute Solo)
  • Alexandre J (Marimba Solo)
  • Trombone Quartet (Reinaldo, Ruben, Gabriel M, Ramon G)
  • Percussion Ensemble

Good luck to all who are performing this weekend!

First Annual Spring Showcase

We are pleased to announce the South Dade Band’s first annual Spring Showcase, featuring all the ensembles that will be performing in spring evalutations! This night of fun, food, music, and motion will feature the following ensembles:

-Winter Guard
-Percussion Ensemble
-Wind Ensemble
-Jazz Band

The event will begin at 6:00 pm in the South Dade Gymnasium for the winter guard and percussion ensemble, and after a brief intermission, will resume in the South Dade Band Room where the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band will perform. The event should be over by 7:00.

There will be no tickets for this event! All we ask is for a small suggested donation of whatever you may be able to offer as you enter. These donations will help us offset travel costs to our evaluations!

We look forward to seeing you this Friday!