Sunday, August 30, 2015

8/30/15 UPDATE


As September 1 approaches, our JA Band Booster Treasurer Ginger Thomas is preparing invoices for every band member which will include the balances on band dues, family travel fees, parent shirts, and buttons. Thank you in advance for submitting your payments punctually so we can meet our ongoing expenses.

JA BAND 8/31 - 9/4

MONDAY, 8/31 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY, 9/1 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
GUARD - 5:00 - 6:15 and 6:30 - 8:00
PERCUSSION - 5:30 - 8:00
HORNS - 6:30 - 8:00

WEDNESDAY, 9/2 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

THURSDAY, 9/3 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY, 9/4 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00

NOTE: For the Pep Rally, band members should be in BAND T-SHIRTS, with no overshirts or jackets.

4:30 - Dinner provided by Boosters in Band Hall
5:15 - Rifles Warmup
5:30 - Full band warmup on lot. Horns and percussion in half uniform
PREGAME - March as a unit to the stands. Watch visiting band performance.
FIRST & SECOND QUARTER - Drumline in stands until dismissed for warmup.
HALFTIME - PERFORMANCE - Parent help needed
THIRD QUARTER - Break, reception with visiting band
FOURTH QUARTER - Drumline in stands
POSTGAME - March as a unit to Band Hall, students dismissed when all equipment is put away

BE SURE TO HAVE ALL EVENTS LISTED TO THE RIGHT ON YOUR CALENDAR. WE NEED EVERY STUDENT FOR EVERY ACTIVITY! (To see sidebar items when you are using a mobile device to view the blog, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version".)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

8/23/15 UDPATE

Thank you to all the parents who came to help with the mat at halftime Friday night. 18 parents plus a sibling - it might be a record! See the schedule below for information on a mat crew meeting at the end of rehearsal Tuesday on the field.

Special thanks to the parents who helped coordinator Lisa Thomas with the first pregame meal Friday: Vicki Tirman, Terri Fisher, Carolyn Thompson, Judy Caldwell, and Ginger Thomas. The students greatly appreciate these meals.

JA BAND 8/24-28

MONDAY, 8/24 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY, 8/25 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
GUARD - 5:00 - 6:15 and 6:30 - 8:00
PERCUSSION - 5:30 - 8:00
HORNS - 6:30 - 8:00
MAT CREW PARENTS - 8:00 - 8:30

WEDNESDAY, 8/26 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

THURSDAY, 8/27 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY, 8/28 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
No football game for Band


Band photo buttons have arrived, and will be distributed to the students at the Tuesday evening rehearsal. Be sure to ask your student for it if you ordered one.

Parent shirts have been distributed to those who ordered them. Check with your student if you have not received one you ordered.

For both buttons ($5) and shirts ($25), if you have not yet paid, please give your payment to a board member or mail to Treasurer Ginger Thomas - 133 Wildwood Dr., Madison MS 39110.

Thanks again to the parents who helped with the pregame meal and the mat on Friday. It is great to see the wonderful support for these hardworking students.


Be sure to keep up with the JA Band via the Facebook page (HERE), Twitter (@JA_Band), Flickr (HERE), and Instagram (@jacksonacademyband).


Thanks once again to Charlotte McClellan for taking and sharing her photos from the game on Friday. More are posted to the photo gallery: FALL 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

8/16/15 UPDATE

Thanks to Cory Tirman, Michael Payne, and Hannah McCowan for their time and efforts working on the practice lot to get it right for rehearsals this week.

JA BAND 8/17-21

MONDAY, 8/17 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY, 8/18 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
5:15 - All band members report to the Band Hall in show shirts and shorts, to help move equipment to the Activities Building
6:00 - Drumline performs on the field, Band members introduced to the crowd
6:15 - Band moves to Activities Building for rehearsal
7:30 - Parent meeting in the Band Hall for everyone interested in helping to create and organize fundraising events
8:00 - Rehearsal ends, students dismissed when everything is returned to the Band Hall

The Band Boosters will be manning a tent at All Sports Night, distributing popsicles. All volunteers are welcome. Contact Catherine Arnold ( with any questions.

WEDNESDAY, 8/19 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

THURSDAY, 8/20 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY, 8/21 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
4:30 - Dinner provided by Boosters in the Band Hall
5:15 - Rifles Warmup
5:30 - Full Band Warmup on the band lot, horns and percussion in half uniform (Band t-shirt, black pants, marching shoes); guard in shorts and t-shirts
PREGAME - March as a unit to the home stands
FIRST & SECOND QUARTER - Drumline in the stands until warmup for halftime show
HALFTIME - Competition Show PERFORMANCE - Parent help needed to help with the mat
FOURTH QUARTER - Drumline in stands
POST GAME - March as a group to return to the Band Hall. Students dismissed when all equipment is put away


There will be a meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 for all parents willing to help brainstorm and organize fundraising events to support the band this year. Please consider joining us.

The Band Boosters will be manning a tent at All Sports Night, distributing popsicles. All volunteers are welcome. Contact Catherine Arnold ( with any questions.

Parent help is NEEDED to get the mat on and off the field for all performances, including this Friday's halftime show. Please contact Terri Fisher ( if you can help.


Hotel reservations must be finalized in the next week. Please contact trip planner Sue Guindon ( with any questions and to confirm your travel plans for Biloxi and St. Louis.


Thank you to Charlotte McClellan, for sharing her photos from the Premiere Performance. They have been added to the online photo gallery: JA BAND CAMP 2015

A few sample photos:

JA Drum Major Cory Tirman

Sunday, August 9, 2015

8/9/15 UPDATE


Thank you to the students for a great two weeks of hard work, and to all the families and friends who came out to see the Premiere Performance on Friday.

Special thanks to JA Alumni Caroline Burford and Annie Campbell for helping at camp both weeks.


Here is the typical weekly schedule once the school year begins:

MONDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

TUESDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00
GUARD - 5:30 - 6:15 and 6:30 - 8:00
PERCUSSION - 5:30 - 8:00
HORNS - 6:30 - 8:00

WEDNESDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

THURSDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 4:00

FRIDAY - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00, Evening schedule dependent on Football schedule -- All band commitments for games are listed in the sidebar to the right and the calendar linked in the menu bar above

Any changes to the schedule will be updated in the blog each week.

Schedule for this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8/12 - No Rehearsal (11:45 Dismissal)

THURSDAY, 8/13 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00

FRIDAY, 8/14 - Rehearsal 2:10 - 3:00


If you would like to order a PHOTO BUTTON but did not do so on Friday, the last day to do so is TUESDAY.  The order will be placed on Wednesday. Each button will be $5. Contact Vicki Tirman ( to order.

BOTTLED WATER donations are needed throughout the season, to keep the students hydrated at every rehearsal and performance.


Be sure to let trip planner Sue Guindon know your family's travel plans as soon as possible, if you did not return the form to her on Friday, or if your plans change. Hotel reservations must be finalized in the next two weeks. Contact her at or 937-239-7851


MANY photos have been posted to our online gallery at the following links:


A few samples:

Sunday, August 2, 2015

8/2/15 UPDATE


Band Camp Week 2 will shift to the Activities Building (Old Gym). Times are the same as week 1: 8:30 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 5:00 each day. Please continue to ensure your students are on time and ready to learn!

Donations of snacks (chips, goldfish, crackers) and Gatorade are still needed. 

The Premiere Performance of the JA Band 2015 competition show, "Natural Wonder", will be FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, in the Activities Building. Please arrive by 4:30 for an important parent meeting before the performance. All families and friends are invited.

BAND BOOSTERS - Notes from President Catherine Arnold

The third of four $200 band fee payments was due on August 1, unless you have made previous arrangements. Payments may be dropped off at camp with a booster officer.

We are compiling a band family directory, with cell phone numbers. Please send your phone numbers to Catherine Arnold (, if you have not yet done so.


All horn and percussion students will need black MTX marching shoes for the season. We have some gently used pairs in the band hall that anyone may have, or fellow students may have some they have outgrown. If you do need to order shoes, please do so as soon as possible at the following link:


Be sure to order BLACK.


Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL and site of the Bands of America Super Regional Championship.

JA Band travel coordinator Sue Guindon will be at the meeting Friday to present information about the fall trips, to Biloxi September 26-27, and St. Louis October 16-18.

All band families are encouraged to join the band on the trips. Here are the approximate costs for families (student expenses for bus, lodging, & activities are included in their band fee):

Biloxi - Lodging fee dependent on type of room chosen -- Approximate range $110 - 160 per room

St. Louis - $270 total per room (2 nights) plus $30 - 50 per person dependent on group meals/activities

Sue will have more information at the meeting on Friday, and you can contact her (, 937-239-7851) with any questions.