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The Fresh Beat Band
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Genre Musical fiction
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 Jon Beavers
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer
Thomas Hobson
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)
Composer(s) Matter Music
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 + 1 stand-alone special (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Scott Kraft
Nadine van der Velde
Producer(s) Jim Kukucka
Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg
Chris Robinson
Production location(s) Paramount Studios, Hollywood
Cinematography Tim Gonuos
Carlos Gonzalez (DP)
Editor(s) Mitch Sinoway
Cindy Parisotto
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Original release August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24) – December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)

The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds) is an American live action musical 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 graduate together from music school and 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.

The series returned on Nick Jr. on Pluto TV on May 1, 2019.

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

Characters

Main

The show's main characters are:
Twist of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Twist (Jon Beavers) – turntables, beatbox, vocals
Kiki of "The Fresh Beat Band"±
Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) – guitar, violin, vocals
Shout of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Shout (Thomas Hobson) – keyboards, vocals
Marina of "The Fresh Beat Band"
Marina (Tara Perry - who replaced Shayna Rose) – drums, vocals

Recurring

  • 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 2–3)

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

Episodes

List of the Fresh Beat Band episodes 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 Nickelodeon 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.

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)

Music

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.

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.

The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show
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Studio album by
The Fresh Beat Band
Released January 31, 2012
Recorded 2009–2011
Genre Children's music
Label Viacom International Inc., Legacy Recordings
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Track list

No. Title Length
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
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

Home releases

Retail releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
The Wizard of Song August 14, 2012 3
  • The Wizard of Song
  • Ghost Band
  • Chimps in Charge

Manufacture on-demand releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Season 1 March 6, 2012 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
5 (Disc 4)

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 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
4 (Disc 4)

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 10, 2014 5 (Disc 1)
5 (Disc 2)
5 (Disc 3)
4 (Disc 4)

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"

Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Nickelodeon: Rootin' Tootin' Wild West January 29, 2013 (Walmart)
August 6, 2013 (retail)
1
  • "Hip Hop Hoedown"
Nickelodeon: Once Upon a Rhyme April 30, 2013
  • "Royal Wedding"
Nickelodeon: Celebrate Fall! August 18, 2015
  • "Giant Pumpkin"

Episodes on Nick Jr. iTunes compilations

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
To School We Go! August 16, 2010 1
  • "March Our Way"
Haunted Halloween Vol. 3 October 25, 2010
  • "Glow for It"
Bundle of Love Vol. 2 January 31, 2011
  • "Freeze Dance"
Move to the Music June 6, 2011
  • "Band Together"
Let's Learn Music November 12, 2012
  • "Rock Star"
Let's Learn Science November 12, 2012
  • "Keepin' it Green"
Let's Learn Weather November 12, 2012
  • "Singin' in the Rain"
Circus March 4, 2013
  • "Circus Mojo"
Let's Drive! April 15, 2013
  • "Car Wash Dance"
Royal Playdates Vol. 1 July 8, 2013
  • "Royal Wedding"
Let's Go to the Rainforest! July 29, 2013
  • "Jungle Jazz"
Back to School August 13, 2013
  • "Back to School"
Happy Halloween October 23, 2013
  • "Ghost Band"
Treasure Hunt Vol. 2 March 31, 2014
  • "The Case of the Missing Violin"
Bedtime Stories September 29, 2014
  • "Rock to Sleep"

Mobile streaming

On November 7, 2018, the first season of the series was added to the Noggin SVOD service, making it the first time in two years that the show has been broadcast on the Viacom cable and mobile networks. In January 2021, the third season was added to Paramount+ (at the time CBS All Access).

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