CONGRATULATIONS to the JA Winter Guard for their FIRST PLACE finish in their class at the Winter Guard International Nashville Regional on Saturday!
This was the JA Guard's first WGI competition, the most respected competitive circuit in the country. Their score of 82.8 was not only over 13 points higher than the second place unit, it was the highest numerical score of the day, which included 61 performances by 38 units from 12 states. Way to go, JA Guard!
A few more photos from the Nashville trip (more are posted at the PHOTO GALLERY link in the menu bar above):
The capacity crowd for the JA Guard's evening encore performance:
The guard members at rehearsal with Keith Hall, one of the founders/owners of the Band Hall, based in Nashville:
The JA Guard, including mat crew, enjoying lunch at the famous Wildhorse Saloon between performances:
Back: Hannah McCowan, Elizabeth McDaniel, Annie Campbell, Caroline Burford, Samara Dallaire, Abbi Thomas, Sarah Allen Bowman, Samantha Hill
Remaining Winter Guard schedule:
TUESDAY, February 28 - 4:00 - 6:30
SUNDAY, March 18 - 1:30 - 5:30
SATURDAY, March 24 - Petal HS MIA Show
SUNDAY, March 25 - 1:30 - 5:30
SATURDAY, March 31 - MIA Championships @ MS Coliseum
Sectional rehearsals will continue until the concert band begins weekly evening rehearsals after Spring Break (March 20, March 27, and April 3). All sectionals are 3:00 - 3:45.
MONDAY - Piano
TUESDAY - Saxes
WEDNESDAY - Clarinets
THURSDAY - Brass, bass clarinet, and bass
FRIDAY - Flutes and percussion
The JA Concert Band has been invited to perform at the Mississippi Music Educators Association Conference. The schedule is yet to be finalized, but it will be the afternoon of March 23. We will announce further details as they become available.
CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI CONCERT FESTIVAL
The Concert Band will again perform at the Central MS Concert Festival at Ridgeland HS on Thursday, March 29, in the afternoon. Further details are TBA.
NORTHWEST RANKIN HS JAZZ CLINIC
JA Band students are invited to attend the Northwest Rankin Jazz Clinic April 12-14. The clinic will start after school on April 12, meet all day Friday, April 13, and finish with a rehearsal and concert on Saturday morning, April 14. Cost is $25 per student.
(See Winter Guard schedule above)
March 6 - Jazz Band at Features Pageant
March 20 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 23 - Concert Band at MMEA Conference
March 27 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
March 29 - Concert Band at Central MS Concert Fest, Ridgeland HS
March 31 - Winter Guard at MIA Championships, Coliseum
April 3 - Full Band Rehearsal 6:30 - 8:00
April 5 - MAIS Concert Band Festival, JA PAC
April 12 -14 - Northwest Rankin Jazz Clinic
May 8 - Spring Concert
May 17 - Band Banquet