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

Friday, February 28, 2014

We have some of our finished art pieces distributed around the community.

We have some of our finished art pieces distributed around the community.

Here is a list of places and art pieces. Perhaps you and your family would like to see these in person after the parade tomorrow. Or anytime until March 18th. Please thank these businesses for their support you can say thank you and you can also send your family and friends to see the art pieces. Sharing is Caring. And it takes a community to take care of a community. They are displaying our pieces with no cost to us. The local support is wonderful. We must let them know that we are thankful for the future. 
You may also find these on our Group Page
We will be finishing up the rest of the paintings and get them delivered next week and I will send you an update after that.
I would also like to say that Unicorn Fine Art and Prints has donated the parade flag for us to use tomorrow. This is a very generous donation and he asks for nothing. 

At Porters Art Gallery located at 120 E. Magnolia and you can find

Mr. Ricke's Director Piece "Mustang Panther Connection"
Ashton Hartmans 8th Grade Trumpet "Music Can Touch The Soul"
Dylan Rollins 8th Grade Trombone "Blue Bird"
Autumn Freehoffer. 7th grader. Clarinet. "Free Living"
Kailie Barnett. 9th grade. Clarinet. "Dance to the Music"

At One Danes Place located at 132 Magnolia Ave. you can find

Sky McDaniel. 7th Grade. Tuba. "Colors Of Music"
Carolyn Ern. Tenor Saxophone. 7th Grade. "Hakuna Matata"
Jeannette Almanza. Trumpet. 7th Grader. "I Love Music"
Ally Frankenfield 8th grader. First Trombone "Music Is The Universal Language"
Rachel Williams. Clarinet. 7th Grade. "Music Forest"
Madison Lord 8th grader. Trombone. "Set Me Free"
Seanna Pickens 7th grade. Alto Sax. "Soulfull Music"
Dustin Del Pizzo. Bari Saxophone. 8th grade. "Mystic River" 

At Universal Art Gallery located at 38 E. Magnolia Ave. you can find

Darby Martin. 6th Grade. Clarinet. "Red Splatter"
Ja' Shawn 6th grade. Clarinet. "The Crazy Painter"
Hailey Dowsey. 7th grader. Clarinet. "Flower In The Light"

Kailie Barnett. 9th grade. Clarinet. "
 Painting is Music is Beauty"

At Village Framer located at 71 E Seminole Ave. you can find

Lauren DiMassino 7th Grade.French Horn."
Galloping To The Music"
Kaitlynn Balmer. Trumpet. 7th Grader. "The Feeling of Music"
Julia Sills. Flute and Saxophone. 8th Grader. "Thundering Herd"
Megan Sullivan. 7th Grade. Clarinet. "White Bunny"
Isabella Helms. Trombone. 7th Grade. "Musical Vortex"
Auriona Rojas. 7th Grader. Saxophone. "Splat"

At one of our sponsors Sol De Mexico located at 125 N Bay can find

Caleb Cutshaw. 7th grader. Clarinet. "Flowers"
Kenneth Purvee 8th Grade "Blended Colors"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Monday February 24, 2014 The Lake County School Board gave The Mustangs recognition

On Monday February 24, 2014 The Lake County School Board gave recognition to Hearts and Hands. They showed appreciation for their 50 volunteers in their warehouse that work 250 hours per month.  They have 135 volunteers that help on Distribution Fridays that give 375 hours a month and they have 30 volunteers in the Variety Store that work 330 hours per month. They serve about 800 families and 4500 individuals a month about 25,000 lbs of food. They show compassion and give hope and assistant to those in need to try and help them appreciate and better their lives every day.  The volunteers are snow birds, local youth getting scholarship hours and/or community service, local homemakers and retirees and all the sites, including the warehouse have clients who receive help that volunteer also.

Hearts and Hands has 7 sites at churches throughout Lake County and 3 sites that are for  individuals 55 years and over on limited income.  They spend an average of $5,000 per month on canned food and fresh meats.  This does not included the “free” government food, produce or breads/desserts. They have worked with the Golden Triangle Kiwanis, Umatilla Kiwanis, DCF, Bates Avenue Council, Eustis Middle School Mustangs and Various churches in Tavares, Eustis, Mt. Dora, Paisley and Leesburg on fundraisers to offer free back to school clothes for kids,  food drives, donations and educational needs.

Diane Popieski has been with Hearts and Hands since Aug. 2010 and opened the Variety Store on Grove Street.  She became Director in May of 2013. Hearts and Hands started in 2006 with one site on Glover Street.

The Lake County School Board gave an honor to The Eustis Mustang Band Students because during Thanksgiving Break The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band held a food drive to give back to the community that supports them. And during this food drive they donated to Hearts and Hands the almost 1,000 pounds of food they raised. This was enough food to feed one town for two weeks. Just some of these students that participated in this food drive were
Alto Saxophone  Seanna Pickins, Tenor Saxophone  Ethan Jauschneg, Tenor Saxophone  Marcus Nix, Bari Saxophone  Dustin Delpizzo, Bari Saxophone Daniel Rusin, Trumpet  Brandon Jasko, Trumpet Cameron Stacks, Trombone Alexandra Frankenfield, Trombone Kirk Simpson, Trombone  Dylan Rollins, Trombone  Wyatt Zachary, Trombone  Isabella Helms, 

Trombone  Madison Lord, Trombone Kenneth Purvee, Keyboard Bass Shea Cabral.

The Mustang Band was given recognition because they also gave an unprecedented amount of clothing to Orphans Rock, all donated by the students in the band. Orphans Rock is a community non-profit that supports the homeless children of our county.

The Eustis Mustang Music Association was appreciated during the Lake County School Board Meeting for the support to the band by raising funds, helping in organizing all events and supporting the band director  Mr. Gerald Ricke in anyway possible. The committee is made of many involved parents and is lead by Cherrice Purvee President, Andrea Jauschneg  Treasurer and Joile Fowler Secretary. However it was made to be known that the Association could not provide what it does without all the parental involvement that it the association is lucky to have.

If you have any questions regarding any of these local organizations, The Mustang Band or how to become a sponsor please contact The Eustis Mustang Music Association President at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Parade form due tomorrow! And we need parent Chaperons!

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February 18th, 2014 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

As shown on the EMS Band Events Calendar sent home the first day of school, the 
Washington’s Birthday Festival on March 1st is quickly approaching. The Eustis Middle 
School Band will be participating in the parade for this event. For student safety 
approximately 20 chaperones are necessary to ride the buses and accompany the band 
during the parade. Lack of a sufficient number of chaperons creates a safety issue and will 
necessitate cancellation of this important community event. If you are interested in keeping 
our children safe, please return the appropriate page. The Parade begins at 
10:00am, travels north on Bay Street, and ends at the Eustis Community Building. 
You can get more information at 

As a performance-oriented activity, attendance is required for this performance. The 
required dress code for the parade will be the gold band shirt, black dress pants, black 
socks that cover the ankles, and all black shoes. No jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes please. 

I would like all students to ride the buses from the Eustis Middle School Campus to the 
parade. Students will meet at the EMS Band Room at 8:00 AM on 3.1.2014. The buses 
will leave when attendance is complete. Students may be released after the parade by 
turning in page 3. Only original release forms will be accepted. This form should be 
signed and returned on or before Wednesday, February 26th. Please clarify your meeting 
arrangements with your child! 

Concerning Release 
No hand written notes please. 
No special arrangements will be made. Pick up your child at EMS at 11:00 if there is a 

All students without an advance release form ARE REQUIRED to return on the bus to 
EMS for pick up. The buses return to the school IMMEDIATELY after THE BAND IS 
DONE MARCHING! The buses do not wait until the end of the parade. Please make 
arrangements to have your child picked up at the school by 11:00am! Parents please 
WAIT if the buses are delayed. Students without a ride by 11:15 will not be allowed to 
attend future field trips. 

Thank you for your support of the EMS Band program. 

Eustis Mustang Music Association 

Please find the original form here. It is due tomorrow so please print out the pages if you must!

The Eustis Mustang Thundering Herd Marching Band Last Year

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Eustis Mustang Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Gerald Ricke took home straight superior ratings at the FBA District 19 Jazz Music Performance assessment

And to add to their community involvement accomplishments the Eustis Mustang Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Gerald Ricke took home straight superior ratings at the FBA District 19 Jazz Music Performance assessment On Thursday February 20, 2014. The band received straight A’s in all categories and the superior ratings from all three judges. This rating is in essence a perfect score. The Music performance assessment is like the FCAT for band.

Do not forget to get your Jazz Revue Tickets! 
We are halfway sold out! 
Get yours soon!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Grammy Camp Information

I found this Grammy Camp. I know many parents look for a camp for their children so I thought I would share!

Camp tuition is $2,200 and includes over a week of workshops with experts from the music industry, room and board, and ground transportation. Transportation to the host city is the responsibility of the camper.

  • How To Apply:
  • STEP 1: Complete the Online Application.
  • STEP 2: Review video essay and career track requirements. Check out the AUDITIONS tab for guidelines and helpful hints. Applicants can apply for multiple career tracks but can only participate in one career track per GRAMMY Camp session. Each career track has unique submission requirements.
  • STEP 3:Prepare and submit your materials by March 31. There are two options for submitting your materials:
    • Option 1: Upload your video essay and audition video to and CLICK HERE to submit your link(s) to the GRAMMY Foundation.
    • Option 2: Mail in your DVD of your video essay and audition video to the address below: GRAMMY Camp c/o the GRAMMY Foundation 3030 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404. Label your disc with your full name and the career track(s) you are applying for.
STEP 4 (optional): Complete the financial assistance form – If you are applying for needs-based financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp, have a parent or guardian complete the online Financial Assistance Form once you’ve filled out the online application. Over the past 3 years 70% of campers that applied for financial aid received some sort of assistance. Financial assistance recipients will be announced and notified by April 30, 2014. CLICK HERE for the Financial Assistance Form.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Meeting change for the 10th from the school to our first spirit night at Black Bear Smokehouse.

Dear band families,

Due to the fact we are having our first Spirit night on February 10th from 5-8 at Black Bear Smokehouse it makes since for The Mustangs to meet doing our regular meeting to show support for this great restaurant who has opened their doors to us. Even allowing us to leave a fundraiser order form there for the entire time we have the Butterbraid Fundraiser.

The meeting will be at Black Bear Smokehouse on 441 across from Lowe's on Feb. 10th. But we are changing the time to 6:30 because Mr. Anderson will be with the Steel Drums till 6 so it will give time for Mr. Ricke to make the drive.

We will conduct our meeting and of anyone wants to stay than they can order dinner or an entree. But anyone may leave after the meeting. Or stay and socialize without ordering.

We hope this will show support for this sponsor at the same time we can raise money for the band because 10 percent of all monies earned go to the band. So it works out for everyone.

Do not forget there is an order form at Black Bear Smokehouse for the entire time of our fundraiser. You just have to ask a waitress.

Hope to see you at Black Bear Smokehouse on Feb. 10th at 6:30 for the meeting and if you can not make that time please share the event. The Spirit nights are the second and fourth Mondays of every month until May! Make it any time between 5-8 and no matter you do not need a the coupon or to even mention the band. BUT they do like to know if your family does go to represent the band. So if you will tell your server you are a Mustang it would be great!

Thank you!