Gerald Ricke, Director of Bands
address: 18725 Bates Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736
phone: 352-357-6220

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We are requesting your personal or business support of our band program.

Greetings, we are writing to request your personal or business support of our band program.
The EMS Mustang Band, under the direction of Mr. Gerald Ricke, wins numerous awards each year.

Out of the $20,000 annual operating expenses 94% must be generated by our student body through fundraising and the generous community support of people like you.

I ask you to watch this years first performance

Currently, in order to participate in the band program, students are required to purchase or rent an instrument, buy a uniform, provide entry fees for competitions and absorb the transportation cost for these trips. Most of the funds have to be provided by the parents.

Our goal through community support is to help offset some of these expenses and to provide those students with the greatest financial needs the opportunity to be able to participate in our school’s music program through scholarships. Boys and girls who are active in the arts, especially in a music program, are shown to maintain higher GPA’s, are more likely to complete a higher level of education and in turn give back to their community.
  • Donating to the Eustis Mustang Band Program is an investment in our future!
  • Please become an EMS Music Education Partner today.
  • Blue level and above donations will be recognized in BOTH the Eustis Middle School and
  • Eustis High School Band literature throughout the coming school year.
  • This equals twice the exposure for your business!
  • Our Winter Concert Programs are printed this weekend!
  • We are a non-profit organization and your donation is completely tax deductible.
  • Here is a Printable Form for you to use.
Thank you, we appreciate your consideration and support.
Cherrice Purvee, EMMA President,
Under the direction of Mr. Gerald Ricke, EMS Band Instructor,      

Monday, October 28, 2013

United In Praise Concert Pictures

Once we have a firm practice of compassion our state of mind becomes stronger which leads to inner peace, giving rise to self-confidence, which reduces fear. This makes for constructive members of the community. Self-centredness on the other hand leads to distance, suspicion, mistrust and loneliness, with unhappiness as the result.`Dalai Lama

Please look for the last couple of concerts. They are close to our homes. Please come support our largest sponsor of the year! This is a multi-denominational choir group!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band invites you on November 14, 2013 to their annual Winter Concert

The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band invites you on November 14, 2013 to their annual Winter Concert held at The First Baptist Church located at 3551 Orange Avenue in Eustis, Florida. This is a completely free community event. Seating starts at 6:30. Concert is at 7:00 p.m. This band is under the direction of Mr. Gerry Ricke.
It includes the award winning Mustang Concert Bands, Steel Drum Band and Jazz Band. The Eustis Mustang Music Association will have a basket drawing and a 50/50 cash drawing at the door in hopes of helping the band program reach the large cost of operation this year.
There are approximately 130 students in the band program. All these children rehearse at school, practice at night, come in before school for extra music studies and interact with the high school band members through a mentor program where the students from Eustis High School
comes in and mentors the middle school band. Working with peers is a positive way to learn and proves that the band programs attract some of the best role models in our schools. Another part of The Mustang Caring For School And Community Program brings the middle school children into the elementary schools, inspiring our local youth and letting them know that learning music notation makes learning easier.

The programs goal is also to reach out to local students who may need a small amount of inspiration in order for them to want to attend school each day. This is something that is proven in many scientific studies. A study in Scientific Daily notes the neurological connections made while listening and learning music. We would love for you to attend this concert and see for yourself! This is a great group of 6th - 8th graders playing wonderful music that has a long history. Jazz has roots in America dating back to slavery days when African-Americans of the plantations in the south made a style of music up, making its way to Louisiana by 1910 and the steel drum has been noted to have been used in the 16th century.

If you would like more information on the concert, band sponsorship or the Mustang Band Program Contact Cherrice Purvee The Eustis Mustang Music Association President at Or call the director, Mr. Gerald Ricke at 352-357-6220

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On November 10, 2013 we invite you to come and enjoy The Eustis Mustang Steel Drum Band Perform as they join United in Praise before their concert

On November 10, 2013 we invite you to come and enjoy The Eustis Mustang Steel Drum Band Perform as they join United in Praise before their concert at The First Baptist Church Of Eustis, located at 3551 Orange Avenue in Eustis, Florida., Lake County, FL. The event starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. and the concert last approximately one hour. The Steel Band will play as people arrive for the United In Praise Concert.

United in Praise is a multi-denominational community choir based in Eustis, Florida. The 90-voice choir, which is comprised of members from over 38 area churches from a 5 county area, is approaching their 21st season of praise and worship performances for the community. Each year United in Praise chooses organizations that they give 100 percent of all proceeds earned after each concert going to those charities. For the seventh year in a row United Praise is sponsoring The  Karen Beard Scholarship.  Karen Beard founded United In Praise prior to her passing on. The scholarship helps her dreams come alive by putting a youth through Lake Sumpter Community College each year. The other organization that United In Praise chose this year is The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band.

United In Praise has a concert season that last two months. Each concert is held at a different church or venue. At the end of the concert United In Praise is prepared to take any love offerings. 100 percent of this is given to the two charities at the end of the concert season. This makes United in Praise one of The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band’s largest sponsors this year. And with a 25 thousand dollar budget this year, the sponsorship is a blessing in many ways,

The wonderful music from our musicians from The Mustang Steel Drum Band mixed with United In Praise’s new season of joyful, prayerful, praise and worship songs from their program entitled, “Bless the Lord O my Soul” makes a wonderful evening. It is not much different than a middle school band that has students from many backgrounds. This event is COMPLETELY FREE to the public! If you have a chance to attend, you will enjoy yourself.

If you would like more information on the concert, band sponsorship or the Mustang Band Program Contact Cherrice Purvee The Eustis Mustang Music Association President at Or call Mr. Gerald Ricke at 352-357-6220

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Pampered Chef Pampers the Mustangs with 100% of ALL proceeds to benefit band efforts on their grand performance at the upcoming Music U.S.A.!

Support EMS Mustangs to Music USA

Hosted By:
Sandra Reynolds and Cherrice Purvee
Orders Due:
Friday, November 29, 2013
(561) 628-8355
Together, we can make a difference.Order Pampered Chef® products through this Catalog Fundraiser and up to 15% of our total sales will go toward our cause. Plus an extra $3 is contributed for every Show booked from the event. 100% of ALL proceeds are being donated to the band to help out for travel expenses and participation in Music U.S.A.! 

With a Budget if $25,000 Dollars this year The Mustang Music Association is getting very creative with ways of raising the funds that are used to help the children with scholarships  transportation cost and entry fees to the events, festivals and contest they join or enter throughout the year. Sandra Reynolds is an independent Consultant for Pampered Chef and has graciously volunteered her commission and any proceeds generated by this event. The timing is just right for Christmas Shopping. Buying a quality Pampered Chef Product for a family member, friend or yourself while helping 6th - 8th graders! The proceeds for this particular event will go directly to the aid in the cost of our entry fees and transportation to Music USA. This event is nearly the only contest or festival that the students must come out of pocket for and this year is more expensive than other years. Music USA is an event where the Advanced Band and Jazz Band compete against other schools. Last year our school was honored to take first in every event. After concert band competition the entire Mustang Marching Band marches the opening parade at Universal Studios. Doing this makes our students feel the importance of their hard work throughout the year by allowing them to use the park for the remainder of the day as a treat. For more information you can look up their link at

Click here to join and order.....

This is the Music USA Judge taking time with the 
students after their performances. 
His feedback was awesome!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sol De Mexico in Eustis is sponsoring us again this year!

One of our best sponsors has one it again! 
The local support is so appreciated!
Melina is the owner and she believes in 
children's music education as much as we do!

You can not sponsor the world. But you can sponsor this small group of children and they all grow up to sponsor the world. And the more children we get into our band program the less there is for a need.
Research proves time and time again that children in a long term music education program are 80 percent more likely to go off and get a higher education degree. Bringing it back to their community. And bringing in revenue to our city. Eustis is a wonderful place to grow up. 
However we could use some more cash flow in our 
small businesses and we can use less poverty as many cities.

Music Education for children is the answer!

Thank you Sol De Mexico!

You have taken a large bite out of our huge budget!


If you are interested in sponsoring our music education program please click here for a printable form.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Interesting article - Pitch Perfect Publishing -

Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, RenĂ© Descartes, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Stephen Hawkin — What do all of these great men have in common? They were all were musicians. Coincidence? Certainly not. Years of scientific studies are proving what many of us have known all along: Music education makes smarter, more successful students that grow up to be more productive adults.
“Several studies by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is based at Brown University, explored the effects of art and music education on young children’s learning. The conclusions of these studies support the theory that music instruction can help build intellectual and emotional skills, facilitate children’s learning and strengthen other academic areas, such as reading and math. Also, these studies indicate that music can positively affect children and adults of all ages.
“The conclusions of these Brown University studies are consistent with other research on music and its effect on child development. One study (by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California) shows that when three and four-year-old children were given simple piano lessons over a six-month period, they performed 34% better than other children in IQ tests, some of whom had had computer lessons instead. These impressive results came from a study of 789 children from diverse social and economic backgrounds.
“In an interview, one of the researchers from the University of California said: “Music training jump starts certain inherent patterns in parts of the brain responsible for spatial-temporal reasoning.” Computer lessons, on the other hand, do not force children to think ahead or visualize, as they must when playing a piece of music.
“Several studies indicate that the reading level of students with one year of music was nearly one grade higher than their peers without such music training. Children with two years of music experience had scores equivalent to two years ahead of their reading age, and these statistics improved with music experience.”
(“The Benefits of Music on Child Development”
Here are some of the studies supporting the incredible benefits of music:

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Spatial-Temporal IQ
— Researchers found that children given piano lessons improved much more dramatically in their spatial-temporal IQ scores (important for some types of mathematical reasoning) than children who received computer lessons or no lessons.
Higher SAT Scores — Students with experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT than students with no music education: 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math for music performance; 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math for music appreciation.”
Highest Grades — Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non- participants receiving those grades. NELS:88 First Follow-up, 1990, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington DC
Higher Test Scores — A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background. – Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.
Higher Reading Scores — In a Scottish study, one group of elementary students received musical training, while another other group received an equal amount of discussion skills training. After six (6) months, the students in the music group achieved a significant increase in reading test scores, while the reading test scores of the discussion skills group did not change. – Sheila Douglas and Peter Willatts, Journal of Research in Reading, 1994.
Better Behavior — In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems. – Americans Love Making Music – And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.
Lowest Crime — Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998
Better Organized — Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in their daily lives. – “Cassily Column,” TCAMS Professional Resource Center, 2000.
Problem Solvers — Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills. – Rhythm seen as key to music’s evolutionary role in human intellectual development, Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills, 2000.
Less Anxiety — Music students demonstrate less test anxiety and performance anxiety than students who do not study music. – “College-Age Musicians Emotionally Healthier than Non-Musician Counterparts,” Houston Chronicle, 1998.
Most Medical Students — Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted. As reported in “The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994


“Music making makes the elderly healthier…. There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons. (Human growth hormone is implicated in aches and pains.)” Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999
Exercises Brain — Scientists have found that music involves the left, right, front, and back portions of the brain. –Donald Hodges, “Neuromusical Research.” Handbook of Music Psychology (San Antonio: IMR Press, 1996).
Boosts Productivity — Music can boost productivity in the workplace. Businesses like AT&T, DuPont, and Equitable Life Insurance have cut training time in half, increased output, and raised efficiency with creative music programs. -Business Music: A Performance Tool for the Office/Workplace (Seattle: Muzak, 1991).
Lowers Temperature, Blood Pressure, etc — Music can affect body temperature because of its influence on blood circulation, pulse rate, breathing, and sweating. Transcendent music and loud music can raise our body heat a few degrees, while soft music with a weak beat can lower it. – Don Campbell, The Mozart Effect (New York: Avon Books, 1997), 70-71.
Prevents Disease — Researchers at Michigan State University concluded that listening to one’s “preferred” music may elicit a profound positive emotional experience that can trigger the release of hormones which can contribute to a lessening of those factors which enhance the disease process. – Dale Bartlett, Donald Kaufman, and Roger Smeltekop, “The Effects of Music Listening and Perceived Sensory Experiences on the Immune System as Measured by lnterleukin-1 and Cortisol,” Journal of Music Therapy 30 (1993): 194-209.
Calming — The city of Edmonton, Canada, pipes in Mozart string quartets in the city squares to calm pedestrian traffic, and, as a result, drug dealings have lessened. – “Music-Let’s Split,” Newsweek, 1990.
Relieves Pain — Doctors in the coronary care unit of Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore report that a half an hour of listening to classical music produced the same effect as ten milligrams of Valium. – Sheila Ostrander & Lynn Schroeder with Nancy Ostrander, Superlearning 2000 (New York: Delacorte Press, 1994), 76.
Reduces Migraines — Music can help migraine sufferers reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of the headaches. – Paul Chance, “Music Hath Charms to Soothe a Throbbing Head,” Psychology Today, February 1987, p. 14.
Heals, Restructures — In recovery wards and rehabilitation clinics, music is widely used to restructure and “repattern” repetitive movements following accidents and illness. – Don Campbell, The Mozart Effect (New York: Avon Books, 1997), 69.
Helps Alzheimers Patients — Music therapists working with Alzheimer’s patients have found that rhythmic interaction or listening to music has resulted in decreased agitation, increased focus and concentration, enhanced ability to respond verbally and behaviorally, elimination of demented speech, improved ability to respond to questions, and better social interaction. – Carol Prickett and Randall Moore, “The Use of Music to Aid Memory of Alzheimer’s Patients,” Journal of Music Therapy 28 (1991).
Helps Stroke Patients — Researchers in Colorado found that stroke patients who were given rhythmic auditory stimulation a half hour a day for three weeks had improved cadence, stride, and foot placement compared with a control group. -Marwick, “Leaving Concert Hall for Clinic.” In The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell. (New York: Avon Books, 1997), 273.
Stroke Victims — In a French study, the use of melodies was shown to stimulate speech recovery in stroke victims. – Neurology, December, 1996.
Lessens Depression, Loneliness — In a 1998 study, retirees who participated in group keyboard lessons reported decreased anxiety, decreased depression, and decreased loneliness when compared to a control group. – Scientific Study Indicates That Making Music Makes the Elderly Healthier, American Music Conference, 1998.
Live Longer — People who participate in the arts live longer than others, according to a Swedish study. – British Medical Journal, 1996.

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