Sunday, November 30, 2014

11/30/14 UPDATE


- Deadline for DINNER RESERVATIONS for the Evening of Holiday Jazz at Capitol Grill is this Friday, December 5. Dinner purchase is not required to attend the performance; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the JA Band. Contact Vicki Tirman (

- WINTER GUARD rehearsals begin SATURDAY, 12/6 (12:00 - 6:00), and SUNDAY, 12/7 (2:00 - 6:00). Drill will be taught this weekend.

- SPRING and BAND CAMP dates have been added to upcoming events on the right. Please mark your calendars for all events. We need all band members at Band Camp July 27-31 and August 3-7.

- MAIS CONCERT BAND CLINIC registration and payment deadline is December 10. All band members are encouraged to participate. Contact Mr. Carter to sign up or if you have questions.

- CORKY'S Fundraiser is underway. Contact Charlette Oswalt (

Don't miss an evening of great musical entertainment at the Capitol Grill on December 9.

If you would like to purchase a delicious dinner buffet, contact Vicki Tirman at to reserve.

Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who would enjoy the performance.


Friday, 12/5 - Dinner Reservation deadline for Holiday Concert
Saturday, 12/6 - Winter Guard Rehearsal, 12:00 - 6:00
Sunday, 12/7 - Winter Guard Rehearsal, 2:00 - 6:00
Tuesday, 12/9 - An Evening of Holiday Jazz, Capitol Grill, 7:00 - 9:00
Wednesday, 12/10 - MAIS Clinic Registration deadline

Thursday - Saturday, 1/8-10 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic, Hinds CC

Tuesday, March 17 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 19 - Ridgeland Concert Band Festival (Tentative)
Tuesday, March 24 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 27 - MAIS Concert Band Festival @ JA, 9:00 - 3:00

BAND CAMP - July 27-31 and August 3-7 - 8:30 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 5:00 each day


Sunday, November 23, 2014

11/23/14 UPDATE


The JA Band program, with special musical guests, will present an Evening of Holiday Jazz on December 9, at the Capitol Grill.

A delicious dinner buffet is available at the event for $15 per person. The buffet will include:

Chicken Kabobs
Sausage Kabobs
Grilled Asparagus
Mozzarella Skewers
Spring Rolls
Scalloped Potatoes

Dinner reservations must be made in advance by contacting event organizer Vicki Tirman ( by DECEMBER 5, so the restaurant knows how much food to prepare.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the JA Band program. Dinner purchase is NOT required to attend the performance.

In addition to the high school Jazz Band, featured performances will include the vocal stylings of JA receptionist Sheila Keyes, and pieces by two intermediate JA Band ensembles.


Congratulations to JA Band members Caroline Burford, Sarah Allen Bowman, & Tyler McClellan, for earning spots at callback auditions for the 2015 Mississippi Lions All-State Band, out of over 800 students from around the state who auditioned.

Caroline earned a spot in the band as a Colorguard member,  for the third year in a row.

Caroline and Sarah Allen were Honorable Mention for Dance, Sarah Allen Honorable Mention for Colorguard, and Tyler Honorable Mention for Saxophone.

The Lions Band will compete in Hawaii at the International Lions Band Convention Parade in July.

The JA Band MAIS Marching Festival Performance is now posted to YouTube at the following link:


The JA Band Boosters will once again sell Corky's BBQ products for the holiday season.

All families will receive an order form in the mail this week from Booster President Charlette Oswalt. 

Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, church members, coworkers, and others. Corky's pork butts and other products are perfect for holiday gatherings. 

Questions about Corky's should be directed to Charlette at


All families should have received an email with details about the MAIS Concert Band Clinic, to be held on the campus of Hinds Community College January 8-10, 2015.

Deadline to register for the clinic is December 10. Please contact Mr. Carter at with any questions.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

11/16/14 UPDATE

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 9 for a fun evening at the Capitol Grill, 5050 I-55 N Frontage (facing Canton Mart Rd.). The JA Jazz Band will perform their holiday concert, with special guest vocalist Sheila Keyes. Dinners will be available for purchase, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the band program. Please spread the word to friends, family, and fans of the JA Band.

Tickets, further details, and announcements about special guest musicians coming soon!

Contact event chairperson Vicki Tirman at with any questions.


The MAIS Concert Band Clinic will be held January 8-10, 2015, at Hinds Community College.

The clinic is open to all MAIS band students in Grades 7-12 and will feature Dr. Wes Parker of North Carolina State University as the first band clinician.

Cost for the clinic is $65, plus hotel and food. Lodging is provided on the Hinds campus at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center.

Deadline for registration and payment is December 10. Contact Mr. Carter if you have any questions.


Congratulations to JA Band members Caroline Burford, Sarah Allen Bowman, Tyler McClellan, Anna Claire Williams, & Kayla Young, for auditioning for the Lions Band at Pearl HS on Saturday.

Caroline and Sarah Allen both made callbacks for dance and flag, and Tyler made callbacks for saxophone. These three will participate in the second round of auditions on Saturday, November 22.

Best of luck to Caroline, Sarah Allen, & Tyler!


Thanks to the students who were able to participate with the drumline at Millsaps on Saturday. Everyone appreciated the contributions to the spirit in the stands, and the students had fun.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

11/9/14 UPDATE


- PLAYOFF GAME at Prep Friday

- DRUMLINE at Millsaps College game Saturday - 1:00 kickoff

- CONCERT Tuesday, December 9 - Plans are being finalized for a JA Band Holiday Jazz event. Mark your calendars, location TBA.

- MAIS CONCERT BAND CLINIC January 8-10, 2015 at Hinds CC. All JA Band members are encouraged to participate. Dr. Wes Parker of North Carolina State University is the first band clinician. Cost and other details will be announced when they are available.

Dr. Wes Parker, NCSU

- Thanks to the parents who provided the pre-game meal on Friday.


FRIDAY, 11/14 - Drumline at playoff football game at Prep.

6:15 - Report to the school pickup truck near the north end zone at Prep (same location as the equipment trucks for the game last month). Dress warmly, parents pickup post game.

SATURDAY, 11/15 - Drumline at Millsaps College football game - 1:00 kickoff, watch for an email with dropoff details.


Congratulations to our five seniors, who were recognized during halftime of the football game on Friday. These students lead by example, and they will be missed next year. L to R: Caroline Burford, Sarah Allen Bowman, Will Tribble, Grady Fisher, Maggie Hubbard


Photos from San Antonio have been uploaded to a new online gallery: BOA SAN ANTONIO 2014

Thanks to Charlotte McClellan for sharing her photos from the trip, many of which are included in the gallery linked above.

Official photos taken at the event may be viewed and purchased at the following link (search for the BOA San Antonio Regional): JOLESCH PHOTOS

Sunday, November 2, 2014

11/2/14 UPDATE


2014 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Class A Champions!

The JA Band had a very successful trip to San Antonio, earning Best Music, Best General Effect, and FIRST PLACE in Class A at the BOA Super Regional. Their score was over five points higher than the second place band, and the crowd responded with enthusiastic standing ovations. In the photo above, the JA Band is shown during Finals Retreat -- 24 Mississippians with over 3000 Texans!

Here are a few comments from participants in the BOA live blog during the JA Band's performances at the Alamodome:

"Right off the bat, the Earth Wind and Fire takes hold and grooves with lots of cool September sax jazz technique and gorgeous integrated guardwork. This show is tons of fun from beginning to end. The guard timing is fantastic, especially with all of the rifle and pretty purple flag work in the ballad. The backfield pit drumset section provides a lot of awesome drive to this show. Give a big hand to this awesome little group from all the way out in Mississippi!"

"The individual musicianship is off the charts for Jackson Academy!"

"I always love watching this little band from Mississippi, they have so much heart, soul, and fun."

"So much artful jazz musicianship from Jackson Academy."

"A lot of toe-tapping music in this show! Everyone in the stands is having a blast!"

"What an awesome way to open the evening! So amazing what this little band can do!"

"One of the best Class Exhibitions that I've ever seen; thank you!"

"They were thrilled to be here, and so were we to watch them! Way to go Jackson Academy!"

Many thanks to the parents who came on the trip, for chaperoning and helping to get the mat and poles on and off the field for both performances. Thanks to the parents at home for donating drinks and snacks.

Thank you also to the students, not only for their great performances, but also for their exemplary behavior all weekend. The hotel staff had effusive praise for our students' maturity and courtesy.


There will be NO afterschool rehearsals until concert band sectionals begin in January.

4:30 - Meal in Band Hall provided by Band Boosters
5:30 - Warmup on Band lot


SATURDAY, 11/15 - Drumline at Millsaps football game (except students participating in Lions' Band auditions) - 12:00 kickoff


Many more photos will be posted to the online photo gallery in the coming week. Here are a few from the weekend: