About JazzPath:

JazzPath is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) jazz music education program.  From our location at DC Rehearsal Studios and Soundstage in West Palm Beach, we run weekly 3-hour ensemble lessons throughout the school year.  We also run two weeks of camp in the summer.  JazzPath is no boring music lesson! Our dynamic music director and his staff break students into various ensembles allowing them to learn and progress with students of similar abilities and experience.  Breakout sessions for specific parts and instruments allow students to delve deeper into their part of the whole.   Our students receive one-on-one attention during ensemble playing allowing each to reach their full potential.  JazzPath also brings in experts in their field to work directly with our young musicians and we encourage students to work on more than one instrument.  We focus on the balance within ensembles which allows each student to shine, whether learning from their instructors, or from each other.  

JazzPath is also focused on helping young people in our community have the chance to learn to play music even if they can't afford lessons or an instrument.  Our paid students and donations from the community allow us to offer sliding scale payment options, full scholarships for weekly sessions and our programs in the community will be at no cost to participants.  We know the impact playing music has on developing minds, and we are committed to giving the opportunity to every child that wants to play.

Meet Our Board:
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Terry Ferraro

Founder/Executive Director

  • Terry has over 30 years experience in public relations, event planning and administrative program management. Her clients have included:Major League Baseball, The Olympic Games, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Mexico Tourism, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Citibank, Mercedes Benz, Sprint, Merck, Pfizer,  and Colgate-Palmolive, among others.

  • She has spent the past 18 years raising an award-winning jazz musician who is currently studying jazz saxophone at Northwestern University

  • Through the process of providing a young musician with the programs and instruction he needed to learn, grow and succeed, Terry has researched hundreds of jazz camps, programs and instructors and has a strong sense of the type of programs that work well for young musicians at every level.

  • Terry holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College, and is a Board member of The Jupiter Jazz & Performing Arts Society and Pandora’s Kids

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Pedro Hernandez

Music Director

  • Pedro Hernandez is the Director of Jazz Studies, Composition and Music Technology at The A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

  • He currently directs the Dreyfoos JE1 Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, and is the primary instructor in music composition, jazz piano, secondary piano, jazz improvisation, music technology, and music theory.

  • Under his direction the DSOA jazz bands have consistently received superior ratings at local and national music festivals. Most recently his JE1 Jazz Band was a winner of DownBeat Magazine's Large Ensemble Performing Arts High School SMA Award.

  • Past and present students have included winners in the Pathfinder Awards, Grammy Band, Grammy Student Music Awards, DSOA Concerto Competition, Jazz Band of America, and have consistently been selected to All-District and All-State Jazz ensembles as well as many of the nation’s top college music programs and conservatories.

  • Mr. Hernandez holds a B.M. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in music composition.

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Rick Moore

Community Outreach Director

  • Rick Moore has been a professional musician for 45 years. Rick played the organ, clarinet and drums as child. At the age of 18, he made his professional piano debut at a New Jersey Shore lounge.

  • Rick performed and taught music extensively in New Jersey. He was a member of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (1982-86). He also served as Director of the Performing Arts for the Watchung Arts Center (1981-82).

  • In 1986, Rick relocated to West Palm Beach and resumed performing at many of the best clubs and concert venues in South Florida. During his career, Rick has known, studied, performed and recorded with many notables in the music entertainment business

  • In 2012, Rick and his wife, Cherie Moore, founded the Jupiter Jazz & Performing Arts Society, Inc. (501c3 non-profit organization). They built a strong community of Jazz followers by holding weekly sit-in jam sessions. Rick currently serves as president of the organization and works as a freelance pianist

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Mary Mandel

Director of Special Events & Fundraising

  • Mary Mandel has over 30 years experience in Banking, Credit Management, Accounting, Sales, Office Management.Customer Service, Marketing Event Planning and Business Operations

  • Five plus years of Mary’s work experience in the last decade have been in music school management and all facets of daily operations including involvement in the formulation of music programs according to franchise guidelines, all lesson scheduling, staff management, equipment, bookkeeping, sales, lead generation and follow up, event planning, booking and gig management, tour planning, marketing and promotion, fundraising and sponsorships, festival organization and customer service.   Through this, Mary became very involved in the community, the local music scene and with local venues and musicians. JazzPath, feeds Mary's philathoropic side —her mantra has always been “It’s All About the Kids!”

  • Since 1999, Mary has owned her own business, Harmony Management Group with a focus on putting the Zen back into your life. She specializes in an array of services that allow the over-scheduled and weary to get a little peace of mind while completing the tasks at hand for home and business. She has recently added the Frazzled2Fabulous module which encompasses networking done differently.

  • Mary holds a B.B.A. with a focus in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and an A.A. degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from Palm Beach Junior College. Mary also holds Certificates in Life Coaching and Event Planning and is currently working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.