Sunday, July 28, 2013


BAND CAMP REMINDERS - July 29 - August 2 and August 5-8

- All students need to arrive at the Activities Building early enough to begin at 8:30 each morning.

- Lunch break 11:30 - 1:00 each day. Students may go to lunch with parents or with older students (with permission), or may bring a lunch and remain on campus.

- Instruction will end at 5:00 each day. Students may need a few minutes to gather equipment before being picked up.

- $200 per student due the first day of camp; checks made payable to JA Band Boosters.

It is very important that we have ALL students present for every day of camp. The entire show - drill, music, and choreography - will be taught during these two weeks.


The color guard members began work early, with a session this afternoon with choreographer Vincent Thomas and drill writer Jeff Namian. They had a very productive rehearsal.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

7/21/13 UPDATE


SUNDAY, July 28 - Color Guard only, 2:00 - 6:30, Activities Building

MONDAY, July 29 thru FRIDAY, August 2, and

Schedule each day:

8:30 - 11:30 - Morning Session
11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch Break
1:00 - 5:00 - Afternoon Session

THURSDAY, August 8 - PREMIERE PERFORMANCE - 4:30 pm - Families and Friends invited

$200 per student due the first day of camp.

Bottled water donations always needed and gratefully received.

Musical parts are being completed and will be emailed in the next few days.


We will be placing the order for marching shoes this week, for new students and others who might need new shoes. Look for an email requesting sizes.


See last week's update below for details about how to sign up for the Remind101 message service, if you have not already done so. Anyone who signed up last year is still on the list.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

7/14/13 UPDATE


JA Band Camp 2013 begins in just two weeks. On Sunday, July 28, the Color Guard will have their first camp session from 2:00 - 6:30 in the Activities Building, with drill writer Jeff Namian and Guard Choreographer Vincent Thomas.

The first day of camp for all students is Monday, July 29. Camp will continue every weekday through Thursday, August 8.

It is very important that we have ALL students present for every day of camp, as the entire competition show - drill, music, and choreography - will be taught during these two weeks.

Camp will begin promptly at 8:30 am each morning in the Activities Building. All students should arrive early enough to have all equipment and be ready to BEGIN at 8:30.

Lunch break will be 11:30 - 1:00 each day. Students have several options for lunch:

- Older students may drive themselves to and from lunch.
- Parents may take students to and from lunch.
- Students may ride with other parents or older students, with parental permission.
- Students may bring lunch and remain in the band hall, where supervision will be provided.

Students need to be back on campus and ready to begin the afternoon session promptly at 1:00.

Instruction will finish each day at 5:00 pm. Students may need a few minutes to gather equipment, etc., before being picked up.

On the final day of camp, Thursday, August 8, camp will conclude with a PREMIERE PERFORMANCE of the show at 4:30. All band families and friends are invited.

Each student should bring $200 on the first day of camp (checks payable to JA Band Boosters). This is $100 for the camp fee and $100 toward the trip fee. Each student will receive two show t-shirts.

BOTTLED WATER donations are needed, both for camp and throughout the season.

Music is being arranged for each band member and will be emailed the week before camp.

FALL 2013

The Fall 2013 event schedule is listed to the right. PLEASE NOTE the two changes to the printed calendar that was distributed in the spring:

1. The band will NOT be traveling to Memphis for the away football game on August 30.

2. The November 1 football game is at HOME.


This blog is our primary means of communication with JA Band families, with an update published each week.

The JA Band is also on Facebook and Twitter (@JA_Band).

We also use a text and/or email notification system for last minute information. Anyone who signed up last year does NOT need to sign up again. If you wish to add a new phone number, or for our new families, the information is below:


Congratulations to JA Band members Annie Campbell and Caroline Burford for earning spots in the MS Lions All State Band, which traveled to Germany and Austria earlier this month. Here are a few photos, with more posted in the online PHOTO GALLERY.