Saturday, December 10, 2011

12/11/11 UPDATE


Thank you to the students for their fine performances at the Christmas Concert on Tuesday, and to the parents who organized the reception after the concert. The evening was a great way to kick off the holiday season.

MAIS CONCERT BAND CLINIC


I apologize for the delay in passing along this information, but it has been slow coming. I do believe this will be a tremendous clinic due to the changes in the site.

The MAIS Concert Band Clinic has been moved to Hinds Community College this year. The facilities at Hinds, including the TWO brand new band halls, beautiful new auditorium, and the housing at Eagle Lake Conference Center are all state of the art and among the finest in the state.  This will be a huge improvement over last year's facilities. 


The clinic will begin at noon on Thursday, January 12, and conclude with a concert after lunch on Saturday, January 14.

Clinic cost for each student is $90.00, which includes six meals in the Hinds cafeteria.  


Lodging at Eagle Ridge will be $85 per room per night for double occupancy, $95 per room per night for triple or quad occupancy.

Cammie and I will be with our students at the Clinic at all times and staying at Eagle Ridge.  We will provide transportation for students from the band hall to the clinic and back and forth from the housing site to the rehearsal facilities and to and from all meals.     For the audition at clinic, this is what your students can expect:

Scales (two of the following six: Concert Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C, and G)
Chromatic Scale
Solo (can be a short etude, nothing too long)
Sightreading 


We need to know which students plan to attend the clinic by the end of the day on Monday. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 12-4 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic @ Hinds Community College
January 28 - JA Winter Guard (WG) at Pearl HS Field Day
February 11 - WG @ Prattville, AL show
February 18 - WG @ Brandon HS Show
February 24-25 - WG @ WGI Nashville Regional
March 6 - Jazz Band @ Features Pageant
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 31 - WG @ MIA Championships, MS Coliseum
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival 
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet

Sunday, December 4, 2011

12/3/11 UPDATE


The JA Band Program Christmas Concert is this Tuesday, December 6, in the PAC.

Student attire is concert black. Band members should be on the stage ready to perform by 6:15. 

The Concert Jazz Band will perform at 6:30, followed by the Sixth Grade Band at 7:15, and a reception for all JA Band families and friends at 7:45.

MAIS CONCERT BAND CLINIC

Details are still being finalized, but the MAIS Concert Band Clinic will be January 12-14 at the Hinds Community College Campus in Raymond. Accommodations for students and staff will be at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center.

Costs and other details will be announced as soon as they are available.

JACKSON ACADEMY WINTER GUARD

The Winter Guard had a very productive all-day rehearsal on Saturday, during which they learned half the show.

The next rehearsals are December 21 at 2:00 for rifles, December 29 at 2:00 for flags.

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 6 - Christmas Concert
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic
January 28 - Winter Guard (WG) @ Pearl Field Day
February 11 - WG @ Prattville, AL Show
February 18 - WG @ Brandon Show
February 24-25 - WG @ WGI Regional, Nashville
March 6 - Jazz Band @ Features Pageant
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 24 - WG @ Petal Show
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 31 - WG @ MIA Championships - MS Coliseum
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet

Sunday, November 27, 2011

11/27/11 UPDATE


The JA Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, December 6, in the PAC. The Concert Jazz Band will open the concert at 6:30, followed by the Sixth Grade band at 7:15. There will be a reception for all JA Band families and friends after the performances at 7:45.

Student attire will be concert black for the Jazz Band, and Sunday best for the Sixth Grade Band.

Please mark your calendar and invite family members and friends to attend.

JACKSON ACADEMY WINTER GUARD

The JA Winter Guard will rehearse on Saturday, December 3, from 9:30 - 4:30.


UPCOMING EVENTS

December 6 - Christmas Concert
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic
January 28 - Winter Guard (WG) @ Pearl Field Day
February 11 - WG @ Prattville, AL Show
February 18 - WG @ Brandon Show
February 24-25 - WG @ WGI Regional, Nashville
March 6 - Jazz Band @ Features Pageant
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 24 - WG @ Petal Show
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 31 - WG @ MIA Championships - MS Coliseum
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet


Sunday, November 20, 2011

11/20/11 UPDATE

LIONS ALL-STATE BAND

Congratulations to JA Band members Annie Campbell, Samantha Hill, Abbi Thomas, Caroline Burford, and Sarah Allen Bowman for earning spots at MS Lions All-State Band callback auditions this past Saturday.

Annie Campbell and Samantha Hill were named members of the 2012 Lions Band for flag, and Abbi Thomas is an alternate for dance.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The JA Band Program Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, December 6 in the PAC, with the JA Concert Jazz Band performing at 6:30, the Sixth Grade Band playing at 7:15, and a reception for all band families to follow at 7:45. Please mark your calendars and invite family and friends to attend.

CALENDAR UPDATE

The Winter Guard schedule has been finalized and is now posted on the JA Band Calendar, linked from the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 6 - Christmas Concert
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic
January 28 - Winter Guard (WG) @ Pearl Field Day
February 11 - WG @ Prattville, AL Show
February 18 - WG @ Brandon Show
February 24-25 - WG @ WGI Regional, Nashville
March 6 - Jazz Band @ Features Pageant
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 24 - WG @ Petal Show
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 31 - WG @ MIA Championships - MS Coliseum
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet

Monday, November 14, 2011

11/13/11 UPDATE

JA RAIDERS - MAIS CHAMPIONS 



And the band played on -- all day in fact! 

It was an exciting day on campus Friday, leading up to the championship football game, with the JA Band promoting school spirit with a parade through campus leading the student body to the giant pep rally on Friday, leading fans in a parade from the huge tailgate party before the big game to the stadium, in an energetic and televised final performance of the 2011 marching program which has been so well received this season, and finally with the almost constant drumming of the drumline during the fourth quarter of a very close and exciting championship game. Congratulations to the JA marching band, working hard to represent and support the JA spirit, everyday in every way, all season. 



The elementary side of the gym at the prep pep rally. White out! 



Tyler McClellan, saxophone player, and other members of the bass drumline play at the pep rally. Go Raiders!!! 

Thanks to the many JA Band parents who helped get the show on the field in record time, in front of tv cameras and a huge JA crowd. They were rock stars! And special thanks to the large group of band parents and friends that showed up back at the Band Hall to unload the trucks one last time this season after the game. 

LIONS BAND 

Several JA Band members spent the entire day Saturday at Pearl High School auditioning for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. This elite group of 120 high school musicians chosen from over 500 state-wide will represent the state of Mississippi in Hawaii this summer at the International Lions Club Convention parade competition. 


Pictured are Samantha Hill, Will Tribble, Annie Campbell, Hannah McCowan, and Caroline Burford. Not pictured are Abbi Thomas and Sarah Allen Bowman. 

4 JA color guard members (Annie Campbell, Samantha Hill, Caroline Burford, and Sarah Allen Bowman) were among the 40 selected from 140 across the state to proceed to the next round of auditions on Flag, proving once again that the JA color guard is one of the premier programs in the state.

Congratulations to Abbi Thomas and Samantha Hill for making it past the first round of auditions for the prestigious spots for Dancer with the All State Band. 16 girls were selected to compete for 8 spots next weekend. Hannah McCowan was the only 8th grade flag to audition of the 140 statewide. She placed 50th, an incredible achievement. Special mention also to Samantha Hill, who achieved call back spots on both Flag and Dance. 
 

Congrats and good luck next week to all these students. They made JA proud Saturday and continue to solidify the JA Band’s position as one of the finest programs, public or private, in the state. 



Color guard members and director Elter Wilson of the Choctaw Central Band seem to enjoy a fantastic bond with the JA band whenever they meet. Pictured here with our students and Cammie Carter at Pearl HS at all-state Lions band tryouts, the band members (and Mr. Wilson) are Choctaw Indians, attend the high school on the Choctaw reservation in Philadelphia, MS, and are are one of the most successfull and hard working bands in the state. Whenever these kids meet they cheer for each other! 

SUPPORT JA MUSIC EDUCATION

Parents!! Friends of the JA Band!!! Did you know that any donation you make to JA can be earmarked for The JA Band and Color Guard? All donations will go directly to the band or colorguard/winterguard budget and are fully tax deductible. Please consider helping! All the wonderful, exciting and above all educational activities provided by the JA Band program cost more and more each year. We need your help. However small the donation, the kids appreciate and benefit from it, and it helps the JA Band continue to be what it is. Every day in every way! We are JA! We are Music Education! 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Mark your calendars for the JA Concert Jazz Band and Sixth Grade Band Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 6, in the lobby of the PAC.

November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions 
December 6 - Christmas Concert 
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic 
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00 
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00 
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00 
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival 
May 8 - Spring Concert May 17 - Band Banquet

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11/6/11 UPDATE

CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL GAME FRIDAY

Congratulations to the JA football team for earning a spot in the Championship game on Friday at 7:00 at Mississippi College. The band will do its part to contribute to the JA spirit on this exciting night as the team goes for their third straight state championship.

Details for the game are still being finalized, so look for an email this week with information about timing and other requirements. If you would like to help with or participate in carpools to MC, please contact Terri Fisher at tfisher@jacksonacademy.org.

LIONS BAND AUDITIONS

Good luck to the JA Band members who will be auditioning for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band at Pearl HS on Saturday. Over 500 students from public and private schools around the state will audition for the band, which will travel to Hawaii. Callback auditions will be the following week, on November 19.

JACKSON ACADEMY WINTER GUARD

The JA Winter Guard held its first rehearsal on Saturday. The guard members worked hard to learn part of the show. The next event will be an optional review rehearsal Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 11 - Football Championship game at Mississippi College
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions
December 6 - Christmas Concert
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet

Sunday, October 30, 2011

10/30/11 UPDATE

Congratulations to the JA Marching Band for earning straight Superior ratings from all judges at the MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep on Saturday. The JA Band earned the highest scores of the day for band, color guard, and percussion. This marks 22 straight years of All-Superior ratings for the JA Band.


The video of the band's performance at Lewisburg HS for the Southern Stars Invitational is now linked in the YouTube Video Links box to the right.


Thank you to Annie Campbell, Caroline Burford, Hannah McCowan, Samara Dallaire, Zack McWilliams, and Will Tribble, who helped on Saturday with a fundraiser for the Winter Guard. The students served 260 meals to the visiting DeSoto Central HS Band and parents, who rehearsed at JA then went on to repeat as Class 6A State Marching Band Champions that evening at Clinton HS.


Photos from the JA Band's performance at BOA St. Louis have been posted on the Jolesch Photography website at this link: JA BAND ST. LOUIS


SCHEDULE UPDATE
The band will perform at halftime at the home playoff football game on Friday. 
6:00 - All students report in uniform to the band hall
Halftime - Performance - parent help needed


UPCOMING EVENTS
November 4 - Home football playoff game vs. PCS
November 5 - Winter Guard rehearsal 9:30 - 4:30
November 11 - Football Championship game at Mississippi College
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions
December 6 - Christmas Concert
January 12-14 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet

Sunday, October 23, 2011

10/23/11 UPDATE

Congratulations to JA Band Seniors Jay Kucia, LaSharron Purvis, and Abbi Thomas for their recognition at the football game Friday night. We wish them all well wherever their future plans take them.





SCHEDULE UPDATE

As a reminder, all rehearsals are only during seventh period, 2:15 - 3:00 each day.

FRIDAY - Away football game at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, drumline only

All band members need to meet at MRA by 6:15, in band t-shirts and jeans. Carpools to and from the game may be arranged. If you are interested in using or helping with a carpool, please contact Terri Fisher at TJMFisher@yahoo.com.

Meet at the following location on the MRA campus:


































SATURDAY - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep

IMPORTANT - Students should bring everything they need for the weekend (instruments, etc.) home with them at the end of school on Friday, since we will be meeting at MRA for the game and at Prep for the Festival.

8:00 - Truck loading at the band hall - parent help requested

9:30 - All band members meet in full uniform with all necessary items in front of the McRae Center on the Prep campus. 

10:00 - Warmup

10:45 - PERFORMANCE

After the performance, the staff will be returning to JA to unload the trucks. If you would like to pick up your student at Prep after the performance, they will be dismissed at about 11:30.

JA Drum Major Annie Campbell will remain at Prep for awards, beginning at 12:15. Any students who are available to participate in the awards ceremony with her are welcome to do so, with parent permission (no staff will be present).

Saturday afternoon, from about 3:00 - 5:00, the DeSoto Central HS Band, the reigning Class 6A MHSAA Marching Band Champions, will be rehearsing at JA's Raider Field, before their participation in Championship Finals that evening at Clinton HS. Everyone is welcome to observe this rehearsal.

NOTES FROM ST. LOUIS


We have received the following positive comments on the JA Band's performance at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional:


A comment posted on the BOA Forums by a BOA staffer who worked in St. Louis bringing the bands’ equipment onto the field:
You know who I think the absolute hardest-working band out there was? Hint - they were at the finals show but didn't compete in it. Jackson Academy, to do what they do, works way harder on the smallest of details because they cannot hide in the ensemble - ever. Just saying. As an example of the level of detail they work hard at, they completely forgo their front ensemble warmup in favor of a detailed sound check of every single microphone for every single drum in those two sets they had.
A longtime BOA commentator and administrator of IndianaMarching.com, commenting on the forums during the live webcast:
LOVE Jackson Academy. What they can do with 6 musicians marching is truly astounding.
An email from a Broken Arrow parent:
Mr. Carter,

My daughter is a trumpet player for Broken Arrow. We got to see you guys at finals performance. We really enjoyed your marching show. It was very entertaining and thought you guys had a big sound, that was bigger than you would expect. The kids are really talented. We wish you guys the best of luck at any future competitions. Tell your kids they were awesome and we look forward to seeing you again.

Sincerely,
Shane Blackstock
An email from a former JA Band Drum Major:
Mr. Carter,
I received an email today lauding the JA Band's recent performance in St. Louis and I wanted to send you a hearty congratulations on the band's accomplishment.
My class had their 20 year reunion a few weeks back, and it was great to see JA in such good shape.
Thanks to you, your staff, and your students for all your hard work!
Blessings,
Jonathan
________________________________
Jonathan P. Breazeale, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance
College of Business Administration
Sam Houston State University
An email from a Rosemount parent:
Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your show on Saturday evening in St. Louis.  You proved that you don't need to have 150 members to be eloquent and entertaining!

Great job!

Jody Zachary
(Rosemount mom)
A comment on the JA Band Facebook page:
My band director was watching the St. Louis Super Regional in class the other day and your performance blew me away! Would you happen to have a video of your show? I'd love to be able to show my friends, they'd love it too I'm sure!
Congratulations once again to the JA Band.
UPCOMING EVENTS
October 28 - Away football game vs. MRA (drumline)
October 29 - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep
November 4 - Football Playoff game
November 5 - Winter Guard All-Day Rehearsal
November 11 - Championship Football game @ MC
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band Auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions

December 6 - JA Band Program Christmas Concert

Sunday, October 16, 2011

10/16/11 UPDATE


The JA Band and families returned home this evening after a very successful and enjoyable weekend in St. Louis. Please scroll down to look through the blog posts below from the weekend for some photos and information, and be sure to look through the online PHOTO GALLERY and the FACEBOOK PAGE (both also linked in the menu bar above), for many more photos from the weekend.

To recap the achievements of the band at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional, they competed with 52 bands from 14 states and were awarded:

BEST MUSIC, Class A
BEST VISUAL, Class A
BEST GENERAL EFFECT, Class A
CLASS A CHAMPIONS

As Class Champions, they performed in exhibition as the last band on the field during Finals Saturday night, in front of an estimated crowd of 15,000 in the stands, not to mention those who subscribed to the live webcast. The crowd at the Edward Jones Dome responded to JA's performance with an enthusiastic standing ovation.

Thank you to the students for not only their hard work and outstanding performances, but also their exemplary behavior on the trip. Thanks also to the parents who came along to help, especially to Terri Fisher, who organized the group.

JA BAND SCHEDULE - 10/17-21

MONDAY through THURSDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00

Band members will be dismissed at 3:00 every day until weekly sectional concert band rehearsals begin after Christmas.

FRIDAY - Home football vs. Mag Heights
Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
5:30 - Report time to the parking lot for warmup rehearsal
We will perform the show at halftime - Parent assistance needed

MAIS MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL

The band will perform at the MAIS Festival on October 29 at Jackson Prep. Details are still being finalized, but we have requested a late morning performance time. We will send an update when we know further details.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 21 - Home football game vs. Mag Heights
October 28 - Away football game vs. MRA (drumline)
October 29 - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep
November 4 - Football Playoff game
November 5 - Winter Guard All-Day Rehearsal
November 11 - Championship Football game @ MC
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band Auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions

ST. LOUIS TRIP - SATURDAY REPORT

Congratulations to the Bands of America Super Regional CLASS A CHAMPION Jackson Academy Band!


As the Class A Champion, the JA Band performed as the last band in the Finals lineup, in front of a very large and receptive crowd in the Edward Jones Dome.

A few photos from the performance:



The JA Band on the Jumbotron at the Dome:


And the crowd's enthusiastic reaction to the performance:

Look for more information and many more photos to be posted tomorrow evening.

Congrats to the JA Band!

Friday, October 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS TRIP - FRIDAY REPORT

The JA Band had a great day in St. Louis today. After a very strong preliminary performance early this afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome, the band and families visited the St. Louis Zoo before enjoying a fun dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Preliminary results will be announced at 4:00 on Saturday.

Some photos from today (many more are posted to the online gallery and Facebook page, both linked in the menu bar above):


The hardworking parents help to get the mat onto the field:


A few shots from the performance:



And a few photos from the zoo and Hard Rock Cafe:






Thursday, October 13, 2011

ST. LOUIS TRIP - THURSDAY REPORT

The JA Band had a great travel day to St. Louis, with a smooth drive, a productive rehearsal at Parkway Central HS, and a fun and relaxing dinner at the St. Louis Galleria Mall. Their preliminary performance is tomorrow at 1:30.
Some pics from the rehearsal:








And one of some of the students "bonding" at the Mall:


Best of luck to the band as they compete on the field at the Edward Jones Dome tomorrow.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

10/9/11 UPDATE

BOA TRIP - FINAL REMINDERS

The students had a fine performance at the game Friday night and a very productive day of rehearsal on the field Saturday. With just three more rehearsals before their performance on the field at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, we are proud of how hard they have worked this season.

The BOA St. Louis Super Regional Championship is shaping up to be an incredible event, with 52 bands from 14 states, including some of the top marching bands in the country. Here is the schedule of preliminary performances:


A few important reminders about the trip:

- Remind your student to speak to his or her teachers about class work they will miss on Thursday and Friday

- Students will receive a packet of information, including packing list, behavior guidelines, and full itinerary, in class on Wednesday. Please review this information with your student.

- MEAL MONEY - Students (and family members joining us on the trip) will need to bring money for the following meals:

Lunch Thursday - Fast Food stop enroute
Dinner Thursday - Food Court at St. Louis Galleria Mall
Lunch Sunday - Lambert's Cafe ($10 - $18, depending on entree)
     Note: Lambert's does NOT accept credit cards

Lunch Friday (sub sandwiches) and Dinner Saturday (pizza) are NOT included in the trip fee, but will be paid as a group. All trip participants should give $8 to Terri Fisher, which will cover both of those meals.

All other meals are included (breakfasts at the hotel, Hard Rock Cafe dinner on Friday, and box lunch on the sightseeing cruise on Saturday).

- Music for All Fan Network - Those family members who will not be on the trip may watch the band online by purchasing a Fan Network subscription HERE.

- BLOG UPDATES - Look for a few pics and an update on the blog each evening of the trip.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the trip.

JA BAND SCHEDULE - Week of 10/10-16

TUESDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
Evening Rehearsals on the field
5:30 - 6:30 - Color Guard and Percussion
6:30 - 8:00 - Full Band
7:30 - Meeting in the band hall for all parents coming on the trip. Terri Fisher will distribute schedules and other important information

WEDNESDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00
TRUCK LOADING - 7:00 - Parent help needed

THURSDAY 
6:30 am - All trip participants report to the band hall with everything needed for the trip
12:00 - Fast food lunch stop
4:30 - Rehearsal at Parkway Central High School
7:30 - Dinner at St. Louis Galleria Mall

FRIDAY
8:00 - Breakfast at hotel
9:30 - Sectional rehearsals at hotel
10:45 - Load bus, depart for Edward Jones Dome
1:30 - PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE
3:30 - Visit St. Louis Zoo
7:00 - Group dinner at Hard Rock Cafe
9:00 - Return to hotel

SATURDAY 
9:00 - Breakfast at hotel
11:00 - Gateway Arch - Sightseeing cruise with box lunch, and Tram to the Top
2:30 - Return to Dome, watch bands
4:00 - Preliminary awards
Evening schedule dependent on results - either perform in or watch Championship Finals
12:00 - Return to hotel

SUNDAY 
9:00 - Depart hotel
11:30 - Lunch stop at Lambert's Cafe
7:00 (approximate) - Arrive at JA


UPCOMING EVENTS

October 13-16 - St. Louis Bands of America Super Regional Championship
October 21 - Home football game vs. Mag Heights
October 28 - Away football game vs. MRA (drumline)
October 29 - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep
November 4 - Football Playoff game
November 5 - Winter Guard All-Day Rehearsal
November 11 - Championship Football game @ MC
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band Auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions

Sunday, October 2, 2011

10/2/11 UPDATE

The Band Boosters are again manning the visitors' concession stand for the football game against Jackson Prep Friday night. Please contact Hope Burford (hburford@jacksonacademy.org) if you are able to help with this fundraiser.

JA BAND SCHEDULE 10/3-16

MONDAY, 10/3 - Rehearse 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY, 10/4 - Rehearse 2:10 - 3:00
Evening Rehearsal
5:30 - 6:30 - Color Guard & Percussion
6:30 - 8:00 - Full Band

WEDNESDAY, 10/5, and THURSDAY, 10/6 - Rehearse 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY, 10/7 - Home football game vs. Jackson Prep
Rehearse 2:10 - 3:00
5:30 - Report to parking lot in half uniform for warmup
7:00 - Kickoff (Note - half hour earlier than previous games this season)
Halftime performance of competition show - Parent help needed
Students dismissed after all equipment returned to band hall after the game

SATURDAY, 10/8 - IMPORTANT
9:30 - 12:00 - Full Band Rehearsal
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 - Full Band Rehearsal

MONDAY, 10/10 - NO SCHOOL

TUESDAY, 10/11 - Rehearse 2:10 - 3:00
Evening Rehearsal on the Field
5:30 - 6:30 - Color Guard and Percussion
6:30 - 8:00 - Full Band
7:45 - PARENT FIELD CREW for St. Louis

WEDNESDAY, 10/12 - Rehearse 2:10 - 4:00
TRUCK LOADING - Time TBA

THURSDAY, 10/13 - SUNDAY 10/16 - BOA ST. LOUIS SUPER REGIONAL TRIP

Click HERE for itinerary


For those families and friends unable to join us in St. Louis, a webcast of the event is available for purchase from the Music for All Fan Network at this link: MFA LIVE WEBCASTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 7 - Home football game vs. Prep
October 8 - Full Band Rehearsal 9:30 - 12:00 and 1:30 - 4:00
October 13-16 - St. Louis Bands of America Super Regional Championship
October 21 - Home football game vs. Mag Heights
October 28 - Away football game vs. MRA (drumline)
October 29 - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep
November 4 - Football Playoff game
November 5 - Winter Guard All-Day Rehearsal
November 11 - Championship Football game @ MC
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band Auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions


Sunday, September 25, 2011

9/25/11 UPDATE





Congrats to the members of the JA Band for an outstanding performance at the Southern Stars Invitational at Lewisburg High School on Saturday.

Competing against much larger bands, predominantly from large public schools, the band earned 9 awards:

CLASS A - First Place Band, First Place Color Guard, First Place Percussion

RED DIVISION (Class A & AA) - First Place Band, First Place Color Guard, Second Place Percussion, First Place Visual Effect

OVERALL (Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA) - First Place Color Guard, Second Place Band

We are very proud of the students for their hard work and also for their behavior on the trip and at the event.

Thank you to the parents who came on the trip to help, with a special nod to Band Booster President Terri Fisher for spearheading the effort to ensure there was enough help to get the show on the field.

The band received valuable inputs from the adjudicators at Lewisburg, many of whom have experience as judges at BOA events. These inputs will be invaluable as we prepare for BOA St. Louis over these next three weeks.

Many photos from the weekend have been posted to the online photo gallery and the JA Band Facebook page.

COLOR GUARD - Please bring uniforms to school Monday and give them to Mrs. Carter.

JA BAND SCHEDULE - Week of 9/26 - 9/30

Please note that the next three TUESDAYS will be the final evening marching band rehearsals of the school year, returning to the regular schedule.

MONDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
Color Guard 6:00 - 6:30 - Stretches and Warmup
Percussion - 5:30 - 6:30
FULL BAND 6:30 - 8:00

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY- Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
Band will not travel to the away football game at Lee Academy

The schedule for the upcoming full day rehearsal on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 is as follows:

9:30 - 12:00 - Full Band
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 - Full Band

Please mark your calendars to ensure your student will be at this important rehearsal.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 1 - Final St. Louis trip payments DUE
October 7 - Home football game vs. Prep
October 8 - Full Band Rehearsal 9:30 - 12:00 and 1:30 - 4:00
October 13-16 - St. Louis Bands of America Super Regional Championship
October 21 - Home football game vs. Mag Heights
October 28 - Away football game vs. MRA (drumline)
October 29 - MAIS Marching Band Festival at Jackson Prep
November 4 - Football Playoff game
November 5 - Winter Guard All-Day Rehearsal
November 11 - Championship Football game @ MC
November 12 - MS All-State Lions Band Auditions
November 19 - Lions Band Callback Auditions