Sunday, December 20, 2015

12/20/15 UPDATE

We hope all JA Band families and friends have a wonderful Christmas break. Blog updates will resume after the holidays.

Winter Guard - next rehearsal is Sunday, January 3 from 2:00 - 6:00.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

12/13/15 UPDATE

Thank you to the band members for a wonderful Christmas concert at the beautiful St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday. Thanks also for the family members and friends who came to enjoy the performance, and to the Boosters for providing a reception after the concert.

Shorter video productions was at the concert, and will create a DVD for purchase in the JA store. We will let everyone know when it is available.


The following JA Band members have been selected to participate in the 2016 MAIS Concert Band Clinic in January: Michael Payne, Alexander Schott, Logan Thomas, Pier Thompson, and Wes Thomas.

This year over 140 student musicians from independent schools around the state -- the most ever --will make up the two bands for the 3-day clinic at Hinds Community College.


Corky's reminders:

*Orders will be ready for pickup tomorrow,  Monday, December 14, at the band hall at 1:00 pm. Any change to the time will be communicated via group text.

*Please let Lisa know (601-613-3533) if there are any errors with your order or if you need to make arrangements for storage and a later pick-up. 

*Band students and parents are encouraged to come help unload and sort orders tomorrow, if available. Please be in the band hall at 12:15 to assist with this.

*Band students who achieved the goal of selling 5 or more meats should come claim their Bop's gift card reward from the band hall tomorrow. 

Happy Holidays from the Band Booster board -- Catherine Arnold, Ginger Thomas, Lisa Thomas, and Vicki Tirman!


The next Winter Guard rehearsal will be after the holidays, January 3 from 2:00 - 6:00.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

12/6/15 UDPATE

Please invite family and friends to join the JA Band for an evening of jazzed-up holiday music this Thursday, December 10, at the beautiful St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral downtown.

The concert will begin at 7:00 pm with the JA Concert Jazz Band, followed by several numbers by the Small Jazz Ensemble. There will be a reception hosted by the Band Boosters after the show.

Attire for all band members is concert black. They should be at the cathedral by 6:30, ready to perform.

The 20 members of the Jackson Academy Independent Winter Guard had a great first rehearsal on Saturday, learning drill and work for this year's competition show. The next rehearsal for Winter Guard will be in January. 


The video of the JA Marching Band from the MAIS State Marching Festival has been posted to YouTube: JA BAND 2015 - NATURAL WONDER.



We are asking all our band families to bring a favorite holiday treat to share at the reception after the Christmas concert on Thursday. Thank you!


We have made an important date change to the December Corky's sale. Logan's terrific dad Chris Thomas has volunteered to go to Memphis to pick up the orders which needs to happen on his day off from work. (Thank you, Chris!!). So our dates have shifted slightly. Orders will now be due to Lisa Thomas this Tuesday, December 8. The orders will be delivered to the Band Hall mid-day on Monday, December 14. We will follow up closer to the time with logistics. In the meantime, keep up the selling! Our goal is 100% participation and 5 meats per band family between the 2 sales. Lisa is hanging a poster in the band hall so the kids can chart their progress.

For details about products available, click on this link: CORKY'S


The MAIS Concert Band Clinic will be January 7-9, 2016, at Hinds Community College in Raymond. All JA Band members may participate.

The clinicians this year are Juanita Proffitt, Director of Bands at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and Dr. Marc Decker, Director of Instrumental Music and Director of Music Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Cost for the clinic will be $65, plus lodging costs if the student desires to stay overnight (approximately $45 per student per night, double occupancy).

Clinic auditions will consist of scales, a prepared piece, and sightreading. Audition results will determine which ensemble a student will be placed into as well as chair placement within the ensemble. Mr. Carter will assist any student who wishes to participate to prepare for the audition.

Here is a link to audition materials and other clinic information: MAIS State Concert Band Clinic

If your student wishes to participate in the clinic, send the $65 registration fee (payable to JA Band) by this Tuesday, December 8.