Sunday, March 30, 2014

3/30/14 UPDATE


- Congrats to the Concert Band and Winter Guard for fantastic performances and successful results!

- The Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the Township Jazz Festival April 26.

- Band Booster Meeting April 8


Congratulations to the JA Band for an outstanding performance at the MAIS Concert Band Festival at Jackson Prep on Friday afternoon.

The band received straight Superior ratings from all judges, and many positive comments as well. David Willson, Director of Bands at Ole Miss, said the band was mature, musical, and well taught. He also said it was "time to spread the word about the excellence of this program."

Thank you to the JA Administration members who came to the concert to support the band: Peter Jernberg, Cliff Kling, David Sykes, and Steve McCartney. Mr. McCartney also came to Holmes CC Saturday night for the MIA Championships for Winter Guard.

The JA Winter Guard members came back on Saturday to rehearse and then travel to Holmes Community College for MIA Championships, where they hoped to continue their undefeated streak for the season. They did that in fine style, earning a Class Championship and the highest score (88.77) of any group for the entire season.

We are extremely proud of these dedicated, intelligent, focused students. They are accomplishing exceptional things and continue to represent Jackson Academy in an exemplary manner.


Thank you to Vicki Tirman, Charlette Oswalt, and Catherine Arnold for helping with lunch and transport for the students on Friday.

Thanks also to guard parents Nicki Williams, Chuck Niemeyer, and Kate Bowman for driving students to Holmes on Saturday, and to all the parents who have helped drive all season.

And thank you to ALL the parents who came to support their students at the concert and guard events this week and all season.


With concert season over, the band's efforts will turn to Jazz Band. Here are the scheduled performances:

APRIL 10 - Mr. Jernberg's Retirement Reception - 3:15 - 5:00

APRIL 26 - NEW - Township Jazz Festival in Ridgeland, 12:00 - 12:30

The JA Jazz Band will be the first performing group at the festival, which will include popular local groups like the Vamps, and headliners the Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet. It is good to be back!

MAY 6 - Mediterranean Fish & Grill - Evening performance and fundraiser

MAY 8 - Band Banquet


Here are a few more photos from MIA Championships. Look for more concert photos next week. Any parents who have photos should send them to

Sunday, March 23, 2014

3/23/14 UPDATE


- Full band rehearsal Tuesday evening, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

- MAIS Concert Band Festival Friday at Jackson Prep - 2:15 performance time, details below

- MIA Championships for Winter Guard are Saturday at Holmes CC, 8:00 pm performance time, details below

- JA Band Booster meeting April 8


Congratulations to the JA Band for an outstanding performance at the Central Mississippi Concert Band Festival at Ridgeland HS on Thursday. The band received all Superior ratings from the judges at the event. Thanks to the families and friends who came to support the band.

This week is the culmination of the concert band season. The students have worked extremely hard to prepare for this final concert, the last opportunity to hear this repertoire. Please make an effort to come to support your students, and encourage family and friends to do so. 

There are no Sectional rehearsals this week.

TUESDAY, 3/25 - Full Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30 in the band hall

FRIDAY, 3/28 - Students dismissed from afternoon classes

11:47 - All students report to the Band Hall. Pizza provided for lunch. Change into concert black.
12:30 - Depart for Prep - PARENT DRIVERS NEEDED - email Mr. Carter if you can help.

The festival is in the new auditorium at Prep. Attendees should arrive early, as parking will be limited and school traffic will be an issue.

Students will need to be picked up at Prep after the performance. Please see Mr. or Mrs. Carter before leaving with your child.

After this week, the band will concentrate on Jazz, with upcoming performances at Mr. Jernberg's retirement reception on April 10, at Mediterranean Fish and Grill on May 6, and the Band Banquet on May 8.


Congratulations to the undefeated JA Winter Guard for another successful competition. At the Petal MIA show, the JA Guard won their class and earned the highest score not only of the day, but also of all groups throughout the entire MIA season to date.

The Guard will finish the season on Saturday at the MIA Championships at Holmes CC. Please make an effort to come out to watch their final performance. The girls have worked hard all season and represented JA extremely well.

Here is the schedule for Saturday:


12:45 - Rifles report
1:00 - Full Guard rehearsal @ JA
4:15 - Change, Load
5:00 - Depart
7:20 - Warmup
11:00 - Full Retreat

 Enjoying a post-competition meal:

 No rest for these hard-working students - rehearsal Sunday to prepare for championships:

Sunday, March 16, 2014



- Full band rehearsal TUESDAY, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the band hall

- Central MS Concert Band Festival THURSDAY - 7:45 report time at Ridgeland HS - Details below

- No sectional rehearsals this week

- Winter Guard at Petal HS MIA Show on SATURDAY - 7:00 Performance - Schedule below


The two most important weeks of the concert band season are upon us. Please ensure your students are on time for all events.

TUESDAY, 3/18 - Full Band rehearsal in the Band Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

THURSDAY, 3/20 - Central Mississippi Concert Band Festival at Ridgeland HS

7:45 pm - All band members report to the lobby of the Ridgeland HS auditorium. Attire is concert black, and all students should have horns in cases.

8:50 pm - Performance time, families and friends are welcome.

This performance will include the premiere performance of the original composition "LEGACY: The Leadership and Vision of Peter Jernberg", composed by Jason Mathena, in honor of JA President Peter Jernberg, who will be retiring at the end of this school year. It will also be performed at Jackson Prep on March 28.

TUESDAY, 3/25 - Full Band rehearsal in the Band Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

FRIDAY, 3/28 - MAIS Concert Band Festival at Jackson Prep, early afternoon performance, details TBA. Families and friends are welcome.


12:45 - Rifles rehearse at JA
1:00 - Full Guard rehearse at JA
3:30 - Change, load
4:00 - Depart for Petal HS
5:45 - Arrive Petal
6:30 - Warmup
7:55 - Retreat
Load, Depart for Cracker Barrel
8:30 - 9:30 - Dinner at Cracker Barrel
11:30 - Arrive at JA

SUNDAY, 3/23
2:00 - 5:30 - Rehearsal at JA

SATURDAY, 3/29 - MIA CHAMPIONSHIPS at Holmes CC - Schedule TBA

Sunday, March 2, 2014

3/2/14 UPDATE


- Jazz Band at Features Pageant Monday - 6:15 in the PAC

- JA Band Booster Meeting Tuesday - 6:00 in the Band Hall - IMPORTANT

- Sectional Schedule this week:
   MONDAY - Woodwinds, Bass, Aaron Dallaire, & Christian Burford
   TUESDAY - All other Brass & Percussion

- Winter Guard next rehearsal March 16, 2:00 - 5:30

- Concert Band Rehearsals March 18 & 25 - 7:00 - 8:30


The Jazz Band will perform at the beginning and end of the Features Pageant in the PAC on Monday, March 3.

ALL Band members should be in the PAC ready to warmup by 6:15 Monday evening. Attire is concert black (no jackets). The event will conclude by about 8:30 pm.

Concert Band important upcoming events:

Tuesday, March 18 - Full Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30 in the Band Hall

Thursday, March 20 - Central Mississippi Concert Band Festival @ Ridgeland HS - performance time 8:40 pm

Tuesday, March 25 - Full Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30 in the Band Hall

Friday, March 28 - MAIS Concert Band Festival at Jackson Prep - performance time early afternoon


Congratulations to the Guard for another successful competition. The Guard won their class and had the highest score of all 27 units at the MIA show this Saturday at Pearl HS.

Upcoming Winter Guard schedule:

Sunday, March 16 - Rehearsal 2:00 - 5:30

Saturday, March 22 - MIA Show at Petal HS

Sunday, March 23 - Rehearsal 2:00 - 5:30

Saturday, March 29 - MIA Championships @ Holmes CC