The Fresh Beat Band

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The Fresh Beat Band
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Also known as The JumpArounds
Genre Live action, kids edutainment
Created by Scott Kraft
Nadine van der Velde
Developed by Alice Prodanou
Scott Kraft
Nadine van der Velde
Written by Scott Kraft
Nadine van der Velde
Heather MacGillvray
Kim Duran
Linda Mathious
Carla Waddles Banks
Calvin Leung
Tom Saunders
Alice Prodanou
Dan Danko
Tom Mason
Kerri Grant
Directed by Scott Kraft
Neal Israel
Henry Chan
Jonathan Judge
James Wahlberg
Linda Mendoza
Savage Steve Holland
Jody Margolin Hahn
Starring Thomas Hobson
Jon Beavers
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer
Shayna Rose (2007–11)
Tara Perry (2011–13)
Theme music composer Matter Music
Opening theme The Fresh Beat Band Theme
Ending theme The Fresh Beat Band Theme Instrumental
Composer(s) Matter Music
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Scott Kraft
Nadine van der Velde
Producer(s) Jim Kukucka
Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg
Chris Robinson
Editor(s) Mitch Sinoway
Cindy Parisotto
Location(s) Paramount Studios, Hollywood
Cinematography Tim Gonuos
Carlos Gonzalez (DP)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
First shown in August 24, 2009
Original run August 24, 2009 – December 7, 2013
External links
Website

The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds)[1] is an American preschool television series created by Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde for Nickelodeon. The Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as four best friends in a band who go to music school and graduate together as musicians who are determined to follow their dreams. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 24, 2009. In December 2013, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season.

Premise[edit]

All episodes follow the same basic structure:

  • Each episode begins with a song that foreshadows a problem that the band will solve.
  • The band works together to solve the problem.
  • When the problem is solved they perform a song with the problem and solution incorporated into the lyrics.
  • Each episode concludes with a version of The Fresh Beat Band's closing song, "Great Day".
  • The main characters dance to choreography by Mandy Moore;[2] Sean Cheesman; Chuck Maldonado; Scotty Nguyen; Dreya Weber; Mary Ann Kellogg; Nakul Mahajan; Mihran Kirakosian; Susan Austin and Fred Tallaksen.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The show's main characters are:[3]
Marina of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Marina the Drummer (Tara Perry, who replaced Shayna Rose[4] – drums, vocals, Piano
Shout of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Shout the Keyboardist (Thomas Hobson) – keyboards, vocals
Twist of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Twist the Disc jockey (Jon Beavers) – turntables, beatbox, vocals
Kiki of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Kiki the Violinist (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) – guitar, violin, vocals

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Harper the Pizza Maker – owner of the Pizza Café. Played by Shane Blades.
  • Melody the Smoothie Maker – owner of the Groovy Smoothie Shop. Played by Dioni Michelle Collins.
  • Reed the Guitar player – owner of the Good Note Music Store, and occasional guitar player. Played by Hadley Fraser (Season 1), and later Patrick Levis in Season 2.

There are also four children known as "The Junior Beats" who are essentially the child equivalent of their grown up counterparts. All can sing and dance, and dress as a corresponding character.

Former characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

During the buildup to the show's debut, the band was initially advertised as The JumpArounds. Commercials promoting the band under that name were in heavy rotation on Nick Jr. prior to the series debut. The change occurred approximately in mid July 2009. The name was revealed on the Nick Jr. website, then made its debut on television.[5]

  • The episode "Stick Together" from Season 1 of The Fresh Beat Band is a pilot episode for the series.
Season Episodes
Premiere Final
1 20 August 24, 2009 May 28, 2010
2 20 August 30, 2010 July 24, 2011
3 20 June 24, 2011 December 7, 2013

Nominations and awards[edit]

  • 26th Annual Imagen Awards Nomination for Best Young Actress/Television : Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer in The Fresh Beat Band[6]
  • Parents Choice 2011 Award: The Fresh Beat Band – Fun Stuff (Ages: 2 – 5 years) [7]

Music[edit]

The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show was released on January 31, 2012.[8] The album sold 189,000 copies in the US in 2012.[9] A second collection, Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show was released on October 9, 2012.[10]

Singles[edit]

Four singles were released to iTunes; "Great Day" was released on February 2, 2010, "Here We Go" was released on June 28, 2011, "A Friend Like You" was released on September 13, 2011, and "Just Like a Rockstar" was released on November 29, 2011.[11][12][13][14]

The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show
Studio album by The Fresh Beat Band
Released January 31, 2012
Recorded 2009–2011
Genre Children's music[8]
Label Viacom International Inc., Legacy Recordings[15]
Singles from The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show
  1. "Great Day"
    Released: February 2, 2010
  2. "Here We Go"
    Released: June 28, 2011
  3. "A Friend Like You"
    Released: September 13, 2011
  4. "Just Like a Rockstar"
    Released: November 29, 2011

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Fresh Beat Band Theme Song!"   0:49
2. "Here We Go"   1:53
3. "A Friend Like You"   2:19
4. "Just Like a Rockstar"   2:02
5. "Reach for the Sky"   1:55
6. "I Can Do Anything"   2:01
7. "Bananas"   1:47
8. "Music (Keeps Me Movin')"   2:09
9. "Good Times"   2:00
10. "Loco Legs"   2:37
11. "Get Up and Go Go"   2:08
12. "Another Perfect Day"   2:12
13. "Shine"   2:19
14. "Stomp the House"   2:15
15. "Surprise Yourself"   2:10
16. "We're Unstoppable"   2:06
17. "Friends Give Friends a Hand"   1:20
18. "Freeze Dance"   1:53
19. "Great Day"   2:08
20. "Sun Beautiful Sun" (Bonus track by the Bubble Guppies) 2:10

DVD Releases[edit]

DVD Release Date Episodes
Season 1 March 6, 2012[16] Disc 1: "Loco Legs", "Stick Together", "Stomp the House", "Let's Boogie", "Hippity Hop"
Disc 2: "Quack Shoes", "Bounce the House", "Band Together", "Freeze Dance", "Sing with Me"
Disc 3: "Rock to Sleep", "Glow for It", "Hip Hop Hoedown", "Smoothies to Go Go", "March Our Way"
Disc 4: "Rhyme Time", "Doggone It", "Rock the Luau", "Hocus Pocus", "Bubble Blast"
Season 2 March 6, 2012[17] Disc 1: "Jungle Jazz", "Balloon Buddy", "Honk Honk", "Camping with the Stars", "Circus Mojo"
Disc 2: "Singin' in the Rain", "Presto Pants", "Giant Pumpkin", "Back to School", "The Case of the Missing Violin"
Disc 3: "Fresh Beats in Toyland", "Zydeco Music Parade", "Car Wash Dance", "Follow the Leader", "Kiki's Kickin' Chorus"
Disc 4: "Drum Party", "Mixed Up Musical", "Band in a Jam", "Step It Up"
Season 3 April 11, 2014[18] Disc 1: "Graduation Day", "Giant Pizza", "Dance Floor Superhero", "Cool Pool Party", "Snow Day"
Disc 2: "Rock Star", "The Fresh Bots", "Chimps in Charge", "Pink Swan", "Hoop Dreams"
Disc 3: "Bollywood Beats", "Yo! Fresh Beats Go Gabba Gabba!", "Ghost Band", "Veloci-Rap-Star", "Laughing Dance Master"
Disc 4: "Royal Wedding", "Keeping It Green", "Dance-A-Thon", "The Wizard of Song"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band: Trivia". IMDB. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Summit County dancer turned pro returns". SummitDaily.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Meet the Characters | Fresh Beat Band | Nick Jr". Nick Jr. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Fresh Beat Band Cast". imdb. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Nickelodeon's "The JumpArounds" Aims At Kids' Musical Sensibilities - Channel Guide Magazine". Channelguidemagblog.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Nominees for 26th Annual Imagen Awards Announced | The Imagen Foundation". Imagen.org. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  7. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band". Parents-choice.org. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  8. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - The Fresh Beat Band (Music from the Hit TV Show) by The Fresh Beat Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  9. ^ Paul Grein (January 3, 2013). "Chart Watch Extra: Top Albums of 2012". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show: The Fresh Beat Band: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Great Day - Single by The Fresh Beat Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Here We Go - Single by The Fresh Beat Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - A Friend Like You - Single by The Fresh Beat Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Just Like a Rockstar - Single by The Fresh Beat Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  15. ^ "Fresh Beat Band: Music from the Hit TV Show by Sony Legacy, The Fresh Beat Band | Barnes & Noble". Music.barnesandnoble.com. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  16. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band: Season 1: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  17. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band: Season 2: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  18. ^ "The Fresh Beat Band Season 3: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 

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