2017 Atlanta Heritage Festivals Trip

Our Wind Ensemble has been invited to play at Atlanta Heritage Music Festival. As well as having our wind ensemble participate, the trip is open to all Marching Band students. It’s a great honor and opportunity for our students to be able to perform at this festival and it will be an experience they will not soon forget!

Below is the trip itinerary and a break down of the trip cost.

Trip Itinerary

Friday 3/24/2017

08:00 am – Call time
09:30 am – Depart from South Dade High School (28401 SW 167th Ave, Homestead, Fl 33030)
01:00 pm – Lunch at Turkey Lake Service Plaza (263 Florida’s Turnpike, Orlando, FL 32835)
02:00 pm – Depart
07:00 pm – Dinner at (4685 Presidential Pkwy
Macon, GA 31206)
08:00 pm – Depart
09:30 pm – Check in to Hotel (Cumberland Marriott 200 Interstate N Cir SE, Atlanta, GA 30339)
11:00 pm – Lights out

Saturday 3/25/2017

6:30 am – Wake up\ Breakfast
08:00 am – Depart hotel to Emory University (201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322)
09:00 am – Clinic at Emory University
11:00 am – Travel to Concert Hall (North Atlanta High School 4111 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30327)
(TBA) Warm-up
(TBA) Perform
5:00 pm – Depart for Georgia Aquarium (225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313) – Dinner at Aquarium (Meal Voucher)
7:00 pm – Awards Ceremony @ Aquarium
9:00 pm – Return to Hotel (Cumberland Marriott 200 Interstate N Cir SE, Atlanta, GA 30339)
Sunday 3/26/2017

8:30 am – Wake up\ Breakfast
9:30 am – Depart Hotel for Six Flags (275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168)
10:00 am – Arrive at Six Flags over Georgia
6:00 pm – Depart from Six Flags

Monday 3/27/2017

7:00 am – Arrive at South Dade High School (28401 SW 167th Ave, Homestead, Fl 33030)


Auditorium at North Georgia High School

Trip Cost Breakdown

The cost per participant is $350.00

The budget breakdown is as follows:

Festival Cost – $7,273 

* Hotel (2-Night)
* Festival
* On-Stage Clinic Afterwards
* Nationally Acclaimed Clinicians

* Performance Recording
* Clinic with Emory University Faculty
* Medical, accident, and liability insurance
* Awards Gala
* Entrance to and Dinner at Georgia Aquarium

*Opportunity to gain High School Credit (More information)

Bus Cost – $5500

* Gratuity
* Driver’s Hotel Room
Tickets to Six Flags over Georgia – $1,650

Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday $330

Total Cost – $14,753

Paul Bhasin – Director of Wind Studies at Emory University will be working with our students on the morning of March 25th.

Payment Schedule

February 21 – $150 deposit
March 7th – $100
March 21 – $100 (Payments will be accepted at the March 22 Concert)

How to Pay

  1. Pay by Check (Made out the BBPA)
  2. Pay by Cash
  3. Pay through Credit card on the band website.
    1. Visit website
    2. Click Make a payment
    3. Scroll down till you see Atlanta Trip payments
    4. Select and option and follow the instructions to complete your payment.


2016 Alumni Game

It’s that time of year again. Homecoming is just around the corner and we would like to invite our alumni to come back and relive the glory days at Harris Field with us. The homecoming game on October 8th at 7:30 pm at Harris Field. We welcome all alumni of the South Dade Band to come out and make some noise with us as the football team takes on Ferguson high school.

In order to facilitate everyone knowing music and routines, we will have a rehearsal on Wednesday October 5th from 6-8 pm. Instruments will be on a first come, first serve basis and bringing personal instruments is encouraged. Limited Equipment like drums and flags will be rotated so everyone has an opportunity to perform.


If you are interested in joining us please fill out the form below so we can contact you with any information regarding the performance. See you all on October 7th!



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 http://southdadeband.net/navyband

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 azweibel@dadeschools.net.

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!