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The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds) was an American preschool television series created by Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde for Nickelodeon. The show stars the "Fresh Beats" (Twist, Kiki, Shout and Marina), 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 August 24, 2009, and ran for three seasons.


In 2015, an animated spin-off (Fresh Beat Band of Spies) premiered on Nickelodeon. All four members of the band lend their voices to their respective characters in the spin-off.

Premise

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;[1] Sean Cheesman; Chuck Maldonado; Scotty Nguyen; Dreya Weber; Mary Ann Kellogg; Nakul Mahajan; Mihran Kirakosian; Susan Austin and Fred Tallaksen.

Characters

Main characters

  • Twist (vocals, turntables) – A comical disk jockey who is the leader of the band, as he referred as "the real MC" in the show's opening theme song. Played by Jon Beavers.
  • Marina (vocals, drums) – The band's comedic drummer. Played by Shayna Rose in Seasons 1 and 2, and later Tara Perry in Season 3.
  • Shout (vocals, keyboards) – The band's excitable, yet smart keyboardist. Played by Thomas Hobson.
  • Kiki (vocals, guitar, violin) – The band's spunky and vivacious guitarist who also plays violin sometimes. Played by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer.

Recurring characters

  • Harper the Pizza Maker – Owner of the singing Pizza Café. Played by Shane Blades.
  • Melody the Smoothie Maker – Owner of the Groovy Smoothie Shop. Played by Dioni Michelle Collins.
  • Ms. Piccolo the Teacher – Music school teacher. Played by Monica Lee Gradischek.
  • Reed the Guitar Player – Occasional guitar player and supplier of the Fresh Beats' instruments. 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.

Nominations and awards

  • 26th Annual Imagen Awards Nomination for Best Young Actress/Television : Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer in The Fresh Beat Band[2]
  • Parents Choice 2011 Award: The Fresh Beat Band – Fun Stuff (Ages: 2 – 5 years) [3]

Music

The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show was released on January 31, 2012.[4] The album sold 189,000 copies in the US in 2012.[5] A second collection, Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show was released on October 9, 2012.[6]

Singles

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.[7][8][9][10]

Trivia

DVD releases

DVD Release Date Episodes
Season 1 March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)[11] 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 (2012-03-06)[12] 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 (2014-04-11)[13] 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

  1. Summit County dancer turned pro returns. SummitDaily.com. Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  2. Nominees for 26th Annual Imagen Awards Announced | The Imagen Foundation. Imagen.org. Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  3. The Fresh Beat Band. Parents-choice.org. Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  4. iTunes – Music – The Fresh Beat Band (Music from the Hit TV Show) by The Fresh Beat Band. Itunes.apple.com (2012-01-31). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  5. Paul Grein (January 3, 2013). "Chart Watch Extra: Top Albums of 2012 ". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/chart-watch-extra-top-albums-2012-160100135.htmll. Retrieved on January 5, 2013. 
  6. 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 on 2014-08-22.
  7. iTunes – Music – Great Day – Single by The Fresh Beat Band. Itunes.apple.com (2010-02-02). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  8. iTunes – Music – Here We Go – Single by The Fresh Beat Band. Itunes.apple.com (2011-06-28). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  9. iTunes – Music – A Friend Like You – Single by The Fresh Beat Band. Itunes.apple.com (2011-09-13). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  10. iTunes – Music – Just Like a Rockstar – Single by The Fresh Beat Band. Itunes.apple.com (2011-11-29). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  11. The Fresh Beat Band: Season 1: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  12. The Fresh Beat Band: Season 2: Movies & TV. Amazon.com (2012-03-06). Retrieved on 2014-08-22.
  13. The Fresh Beat Band Season 3: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2014-08-22.

External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The article or pieces of the original article was at The Fresh Beat Band. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Nickipedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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