Sunday, April 28, 2013

4/28/13 UPDATE


The Winter Guard and Jazz Band, along with the Sixth Grade Lyrical Dance Class, will perform for the elementary student body in the gym on Wednesday, May 1, at 9:30 am.

Guard members have permission to be out of uniform, and should wear their guard t-shirts and black pants to school on Wednesday. Both guard and band members will report to the band hall at the end of first period. The band will be playing as students enter the gym, before the guard and dance class performances. All students will be back in class for third period.

Parents are welcome to attend the performances.


JA Band families should have received an invitation to the May 7 Band Banquet and Jazz Band performance at Table 100 in Flowood.

The cost for the event is $25, and every person attending will need a ticket.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, May 3. Contact Hope Burford at to RSVP and with any questions. Checks should be made payable to the JA Band Boosters.


Thank you to Drs. Tim & Nancye McCowan for hosting the pool party for JA Band families on May 23. We hope to see everyone there.


Congrats to JA Band Senior Annie Campbell, for her very successful auditions at Mississippi State University. Annie was awarded scholarships for both flute and color guard. Best of luck at MSU, Annie!


Contact Cammie Carter at for a registration form or more information on the Dance Camp June 6 & 7.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

4/21/13 UPDATE


All JA Band families are invited to attend the JA Band Banquet & Jazz Band Performance on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 at Table 100 in Flowood.

In addition to the music of the JA Jazz Band and a delicious dinner, a retrospective slide show of the 2012-2013 school year and a presentation about the Fall 2013 Marching Band will be shown. The cost per person will be $25, and the deadline for tickets/reservations is May 3.

Look for an invitation this week, and contact Hope Burford at with any questions.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Booster meeting on Monday.

Announcing the JA Band Booster Board for the 2013-2014 Year:

PRESIDENT - Terri Fisher
VICE PRESIDENT - Charlette Oswalt
TREASURER - Jamie Niemeyer
SECRETARY - Catherine Arnold

Here is the payment schedule which was agreed upon to cover the Band Camp fee ($100) and the BOA Trip fee ($600):

June 30 - $200 per student due
July 29 (Band Camp) - $200
August 31 - $150
September 30 - $150

Thank you to Drs. Tim & Nancye McCowan for again hosting the JA Band Family Pool Party at the Jackson Yacht Club. This year's event will be on Thursday, May 23.


The Winter Guard and the Sixth Grade Dance Class will perform for the elementary student body on Wednesday, May 1 , at 9:15 am, in the gym. Parents are also welcome at the performance.

There will be a Guard DANCE CAMP on June 6 & 7, from 1:00 - 5:00 each day, in the JA Activities Building. Cost will be $50 per student, and the deadline to register is May 24. Contact Cammie at for a registration form or with any questions.


Please note that in addition to the calendar link in the menu bar above, upcoming JA Band activities are now listed in the box to the right, instead of at the bottom of each weekly update.

There has been one change to the Fall 2013 schedule since the calendars were distributed at the March booster meeting. The Nov 1 football game, which was originally shown as an away game (no band) is now a HOME GAME, at which the band will perform.

ALL UNIFORMS (Band uniforms, and Guard jumpsuits and blackbird dresses) NEED TO BE RETURNED TO THE BAND HALL THIS WEEK. Band uniforms should be clean and hung neatly in the labeled hanging bag.

Monday, April 15, 2013

4/14/13 UPDATE


The JA Band Boosters will be meeting this Monday, April 15, at 6:30 pm in the band hall.

The Band Banquet/Jazz Band Concert, Pool Party, and Summer and Fall schedule will be discussed, including the Indianapolis trip.


Please have your student return band uniforms, and guard jumpsuits and blackbird dresses, this week. Uniforms should be clean and neatly hung in the uniform bag labeled with your student's name.


The Winter Guard, along with the Sixth Grade Lyrical Dance Class, will perform for the Elementary Student Body on May 8th at 9:15.

There will be a Guard Dance Camp at JA June 6th and 7th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. The cost will be $50 per student, and it is open to all girls Sixth Grade and older, beginner to intermediate.

Although the JA Winter Guard's competitive season ended with the MIA Championship last week, the pinnacle of the WGI season was this past weekend in Dayton, OH, with World Championships. JA trip planner Sue Guindon accompanied a group from Texas to the event, which draws over 500 units from as far away as Japan and the Netherlands. Here are a few photos from World Class Finals:


MAY 7 - Jazz Band Concert and Band Banquet - Table 100 - $25 per person
MAY 8 - Winter Guard and Sixth Grade Dance Class perform for Elementary, 9:15
MAY 23 - JA Band Family Pool Party, hosted by Drs. Tim & Nancye McCowan, Jackson Yacht Club

JULY 29 - AUG 2 and AUG 5-8 - BAND CAMP

Sunday, April 7, 2013

4/7/13 UDPATE


Congratulations to the JA Winter Guard, Mississippi Indoor Association Silver Medalists in their class.

The Guard competed with over 30 other guards at the Championships at Itawamba Community College on Saturday.

Thank you to Karen Harris, Nikki Williams, Terri Fisher, Hope Burford, and Connie Hill for driving on Saturday.

Special thanks to the JA Band members who helped as mat (and piano) crew all season.

Guard members should bring their guard uniforms to school this week. Band uniforms should also be returned, clean and in labeled uniform bags.


Please mark your calendars for the next JA Band Booster meeting, which will be Monday, April 15, at 6:30 pm in the Band Hall. Important information about the Band Banquet, Swim Party, Band Camp, and the BOA trip will be discussed. See the dates and basic info below!


May 7 - Band Banquet and Jazz Band Concert - Table 100, Flowood, $25 per person
May 23 - Pool Party @ Jackson Yacht Club, hosted by Drs. Tim & Nancye McCowan

July 29 - Aug 2 and Aug 5-8 - BAND CAMP
August 23 - Home Football Game
August 30 - Away Football Game @ St. George, Memphis
September 6 - Home Football Game
September 13 - NO Game for Band (Football @ Heritage)
September 20 - Home Football Game
September 27 - NO Game for Band (Football @ Pillow)
October 4 - Away Football Game @ Hillcrest
October 5 - Clinton Band Competition
October 11 - Home Football Game
October 12 - Pearl Band Competition
October 18 - NO Game for Band (Football Off)
October 25 - Away Football @ MRA
October 26 - MAIS Festival or All Day Rehearsal
November 1 - NO Game for Band (Football @ Starkville)
November 15 - Football Playoffs
November 22 - Football Championship Game

Monday, April 1, 2013

04/01/13 UPDATE


Congratulations to the JA Concert Band for an outstanding performance at the MAIS Concert Band Festival on Thursday. The band received straight superior ratings in all captions from all four judges. David Willson, Director of Bands at Ole Miss, commented, "Super performance! It was an honor to hear this band today. What a tremendous credit to this school and community."

We also received kudos to the band for their performance via email. 

From JA President Peter Jernberg:

A heart felt congratulations to our JA Concert Band on continuing our rich tradition of all superiors. The concert performance was again a performance of exceptional excellence which reflected the talents of our students, as well as the excellence of our band program. I truly had chill bumps during the entire concert.

From JA Tech Center Administrator Charlie Patton:

I heard the band's performance at the competition today.  It was really spectacular.  It's rare to find a high school band with such a high degree of technical and musical skill.  Congratulations to the band for an inspiring performance!

Well done, JA Band!


Best of luck to the JA Winter Guard as they finish their season Saturday at the MIA Championships at Itawamba Community College. Here is the schedule:

WEDNESDAY, April 3 - Rehearsal 3:30 - 6:30

SATURDAY, April 6 
11:00 - 2:00 - Rehearse at JA
2:30 - Depart for ICC
7:30 - Warmup
8:10 - Performance Time

Drivers are needed Saturday; please let Cammie know if you can drive.


May 7 - Spring Concert & Band Banquet

July 29 - Aug 2 and Aug 5-8 - BAND CAMP