Sunday, March 29, 2015

3/29/15 UPDATE

What a great weekend for the JA Band Program! The JA Concert Band had an outstanding performance on Friday, and the JA Winter Guard completed their undefeated season with an MIA Championship on Saturday.


The JA Band impressed the crowd and judges with an excellent performance at the MAIS Concert Band Festival in the PAC on Friday.

The band received perfect scores from all judges, as well as glowing comments. David Willson, Director of Bands at Ole Miss, called them "One of the best bands in the state."

This event completes a "perfect season" for the JA Band, with perfect scores at the MAIS Marching & Concert Festivals, and the Class A Championship at BOA San Antonio.


The JA Independent Winter Guard earned MIA Class Champion honors with a beautiful performance at the MS Coliseum on Saturday. The event drew 1300 participants from around the state and attracted thousands of spectators.

The Guard earned the highest score of the day of all 49 groups at the event, both overall (82.13) and in every caption.


APRIL 11 - The JA Jazz Band will perform at the Township Jazz Festival in Ridgeland at 12:30 pm

The event, in its 8th year, is a great celebration of local musicians and groups.

MAY 4 - SPRING CONCERT in the PAC - 6th - 12th Grade students

MAY 11 - BAND BANQUET in the PAC - 6th -12th Grade students & Families

MAY 22 - POOL PARTY at Jackson Yacht Club


MAIS Concert Festival:

MAIS Festival judges David Willson (Ole Miss), Craig Aarhus (MS State), and Wes Dykes (William Carey University):

MIA Championships:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

3/22/15 UPDATE


TUESDAY, 3/24 - Full Band Rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30

THURSDAY, 3/26 - Winter Guard Rehearsal 4:00 - 6:30


12:00 - Students dismissed from class, report to band hall to eat lunch and change into concert black.

Full schedule of performances:

9:00 - Hillcrest Christian School MS Band
9:30 - Copiah Academy Band
10:00 - Lamar Christian School Band
10:30 - Hillcrest Christian School Band
11:00 - Starkville Academy Band

1:00 - Washington School Band

2:00 - Jackson Academy Band

Please invite family and friends to come hear the band perform!

SATURDAY, 3/28 - Winter Guard MIA CHAMPIONSHIPS, MS Coliseum

1:00 - Meet @ JA

3:00 - Load and depart for MS Coliseum

4:15 - Warmup


9:15 - Full Retreat

Please come out to see the undefeated JA guard in their final competition of the season. 52 groups from around the state will be performing, between 1:00 and 9:00. Admission is $10. 

SATURDAY, 4/11 - Jazz Band @ Township Jazz Festival, Ridgeland - 12:00

MONDAY, 5/4 - JA Band Program Spring Concert, PAC - 7:00

MONDAY, 5/11 - JA Band Program Band Banquet

FRIDAY, 5/22 - JA Band End-of-Year Pool Party, Jackson Yacht Club


Congrats to the guard for a successful trip to the SCGC competition at St. James School, AL this weekend. They finished first in their class and earned the second-highest score of all groups at the event.

A few photos from St. James:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

3/15/15 UPDATE


We hope everyone had a great Spring Break. We have a busy month ahead with the culmination of Concert, Jazz, and Winter Guard seasons.

Winter Guard rehearsal 3:45 - 6:15
Full Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30

SATURDAY - SUNDAY, MARCH 21-22 - Winter Guard to St. James School, AL SCGC Show
Schedule to be distributed to guard members Monday

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 - Full Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - MAIS Concert Band Festival @ PAC

2:00 - JA Band performance

All are invited to hear the band's performance of this year's concert repertoire.

Performances from 7 MAIS bands will begin at 9:30 am. Adjudicators are

David Willson - Director of Bands, Ole Miss
Mohamad Schuman - Associate Director of Bands, USM
Craig Aarhus - Associate Director of Bands, MSU

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - Winter Guard @ MIA Championships, MS Coliseum

Plan to come watch the final performance of the undefeated JA Winter Guard. Schedule to be announced.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 - NEW EVENT - Jazz Band to perform at the Township Jazz Fest @ 12:30 pm

MONDAY, MAY 4 - JA Band Program Spring Concert - All students Grade 6-12 will perform - PAC

MONDAY, MAY 11 - JA Band Program Banquet - Details TBA

FRIDAY, MAY 22 - NEW EVENT - JA Band End of the Year Pool Party @ Jackson Yacht Club


A few photos from the Copiah-Lincoln Concert Prefest, where the band earned praise from the judges for their musicianship and energy.

And some pics from the guard's last performance at Pearl HS, including JA Band alumni Annie Campbell and Jonathan Sandlin:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

3/1/15 UPDATE


MONDAY, MARCH 2 - Select Jazz Band members @ Features Pageant, PAC. Participating students have been notified by Mr. Carter. These students should report by 6:15 pm, in black attire.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 - Pre-fest Concert Band performance at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. This event is a "dress rehearsal" of sorts for the MAIS Concert Band Festival. Here is the schedule for the day:

11:30 - Students dismissed to Band Hall. They should bring a lunch to eat before we leave campus. They have permission to wear concert black to school that  morning, or change before we leave.

12:00 - Load school bus and depart. Mr. Bunch will drive the bus to Co-Lin

3:30 - Return to JA

In preparation for this performance, here is the sectional schedule for this week. Please ensure your student is at his or her sectional:

MONDAY - Woodwinds
TUESDAY - Brass & Percussion

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 - Winter Guard @ Pearl HS MIA show

2:00 - Report to JA

4:30 - Load

5:00 - Depart for Pearl HS

6:00 - Warmup

7:00 - Perform

8:45 - Retreat

Winter Guard rehearsal 3:45 - 6:15
Concert Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 - Winter Guard @ St. James, AL SCGC show

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 - Concert Band rehearsal 7:00 - 8:30

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - MAIS Concert Band Festival @ the PAC - 2:00 performance time. Please come to hear the final performance of the JA Concert Band for the year.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - Winter Guard @ MIA Championships, MS Colisseum

MONDAY, MAY 4 - JA Band Spring Concert @ the PAC

MONDAY, MAY 11 - JA Band Banquet

BAND CAMP - July 27-31 and August 3-7

BOA ST. LOUIS TRIP - October 16-18