The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds)[3] 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), 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 spin-off 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;[4] Sean Cheesman; Chuck Maldonado; Scotty Nguyen; Dreya Weber; Mary Ann Kellogg; Nakul Mahajan; Mihran Kirakosian; Susan Austin and Fred Tallaksen.


Main characters

Recurring characters

  • 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 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.


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.[7]

  • The episode "Stick Together" from Season 1 of The Fresh Beat Band is a pilot episode for the series.
20August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28)
20August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)July 24, 2011 (2011-07-24)
20June 24, 2011 (2011-06-24)December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)

Nominations and awards

  • 26th Annual Imagen Awards Nomination for Best Young Actress/Television : Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer in The Fresh Beat Band[8]
  • Parents Choice 2011 Award: The Fresh Beat Band – Fun Stuff (Ages: 2 – 5 years) [9]


The Fresh Beat Band: Music From the Hit TV Show was released on January 31, 2012.[10] The album sold 189,000 copies in the US in 2012.[11] A second collection, Vol 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show was released on October 9, 2012.[12]


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.[2][2][2][2]


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

DVD releases

DVDRelease DateEpisodes
Season 1March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)[2]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 2March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)[2]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 3April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)[2]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"