The Fresh Beat Band
|The Fresh Beat Band|
|Also known as||The JumpArounds|
|Genre||Live action, children's television series|
Nadine van der Velde
Nadine van der Velde
Nadine van der Velde
Carla Waddles Banks
Savage Steve Holland
Jody Margolin Hahn
Shayna Rose (2009–11)
Tara Perry (2011–13)
|Theme music composer||Matter Music|
|Opening theme||"The Fresh Beat Band!"|
|Ending theme||"The Fresh Beat Band!" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||60 + 1 stand-alone special (list of episodes)|
Nadine van der Velde
|Location(s)||Paramount Studios, Hollywood|
Carlos Gonzalez (DP)
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Nickelodeon Productions|
4:3 480i (SDTV) |
16:9 720p (HDTV)
|Original release||August 24, 2009 – December 7, 2013|
The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds) is 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), 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.
In 2015, an animated television series 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.
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; Sean Cheesman; Chuck Maldonado; Scotty Nguyen; Dreya Weber; Mary Ann Kellogg; Nakul Mahajan; Mihran Kirakosian; Susan Austin and Fred Tallaksen.
- 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.
- 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 Patrick Levis (season 2)
There are also four children known as "The Junior Beats" who are essentially the child equivalent of their grown up counterparts. They sing and dance and dress as a corresponding character.
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.
- The episode "Stick Together" from Season 1 of The Fresh Beat Band is a pilot episode for the series.
|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
- 26th Annual Imagen Awards Nomination for Best Young Actress/Television : Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer in The Fresh Beat Band
- Parents Choice 2011 Award: The Fresh Beat Band – Fun Stuff (Ages: 2 – 5 years)
The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show was released on January 31, 2012. The album sold 189,000 copies in the US in 2012. A second collection, Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show was released on October 9, 2012.
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.
|The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show|
|Studio album by The Fresh Beat Band|
|Released||January 31, 2012|
|Label||Viacom International Inc., Legacy Recordings|
|Singles from The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show|
|1.||"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|
|8.||"Music (Keeps Me Movin')"||2:09|
|11.||"Get Up and Go Go"||2:08|
|12.||"Another Perfect Day"||2:12|
|14.||"Stomp the House"||2:15|
|17.||"Friends Give Friends a Hand"||1:20|
|20.||"Sun Beautiful Sun" (Bonus track by the Bubble Guppies)||2:10|
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