Sunday, January 31, 2016

1/31/16 UPDATE


Congrats to the Winter Guard on a great first show at Gulfport HS on Saturday. The group competed with 27 units from Mississippi and Louisiana. They won their class and had the second-highest score of all MS groups.

Thanks to Nikki Williams, Judy Caldwell, and Jamie Niemeyer for driving; and to Kenneth Niemeyer and Michael Payne for helping with the mat and props.

Here is the schedule for winter guard next weekend for their MIA show at Oak Grove:


11:30 - Meet at Hillcrest, rehearse
2:30 - Load
3:00 - Depart for Oak Grove
7:15 - Retreat
9:15 - Arrive in Jackson


1:30 - 5:30 - Rehearse at Hillcrest


MONDAY - Saxophones

TUESDAY - Percussion, Flutes, Clarinets

WEDNESDAY - Trumpets

THURSDAY - Trombones & Bass

FRIDAY - Noon dismissal


Please ensure to mark your calendars with the following important dates:

FEBRUARY 29 - Features Pageant

APRIL 5 & 12 - Evening Concert Band rehearsals

APRIL 15 - MAIS Concert Band Festival at Jackson Prep

MAY 9 - Spring Concert

MAY 16 - Band Banquet - NEW DATE

Sunday, January 24, 2016

1/24/16 UPDATE


This week sectional rehearsals will be on the usual schedule:

MONDAY - Saxophones

TUESDAY - Percussion, Flutes, & Clarinets

WEDNESDAY - Trumpets

THURSDAY - Trombones & Bass

NOTE: Sectional rehearsals are a very important part of the band's preparation for concert festival.

As discussed in class, if a student misses a sectional, he or she must arrange a time to make it up with Mr. Carter. Failure to do so will result in a deduction to his or her third quarter grade.


Best of luck to the Winter Guard as they prepare for their first competition, the Rhythm & Waves LA/MS circuit show on Saturday, January 30, at Gulfport HS. Here is the weekend schedule for the winter guard:

10:30 - Rehearse at Hillcrest Christian School
2:30 - Depart for Gulfport
10:15 - Check in to South Beach Biloxi Hotel

SUNDAY, 1/31
10:00 - Depart Biloxi
2:00 - 5:30 - Rehearse at Hillcrest

Sunday, January 17, 2016

1/17/16 UPDATE


Here is the sectional rehearsal schedule, starting this week:

MONDAY - Saxophones (Tuesday this week, 1/19, due to the Monday holiday)

TUESDAY - Percussion, Flutes & Clarinets

WEDNESDAY - Trumpets

THURSDAY - Trombones & Bass

All sectionals will be 3:05 - 3:50.

If there are any changes to the schedule, they will be announced in the blog each week.

Please note the schedule to avoid scheduling routine appointments or other conflicts during your student's sectional.


The MAIS Concert Band Festival has been rescheduled for April 15. The tentative location is Jackson Prep.

The full band evening rehearsals have shifted a week later because of this change. They will be April 5 and April 12, from 6:30 - 8:00.

Please mark your calendars with these updated events.


Sunday, 1/24 - Winter Guard - 2:00 - 6:00

February 29 - Features Pageant

March 29, April 5 & 12 - Evening Concert Band Rehearsals

April 15 - MAIS Concert Band Festival

May 9 - Spring Concert

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1/10/16 UPDATE


Congrats to JA Band members Alexander Schott, Wes Thomas, Michael Payne, Logan Thomas, and Pier Thompson, who participated in the MAIS Concert Band Clinic at Hinds Community College.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 - Early Dismissal, no Band

JANUARY 16 - Winter Guard - 12:30 - 5:30

WEEK OF JANUARY 18 - Sectional Rehearsals begin after school. Schedule will be determined by each section, one rehearsal each week.

FEBRUARY 29 - Features Pageant


JA students with first band clinician Dr. Marc Decker, of Northwestern Oklahoma State University:

Logan Thomas and Alexander Schott with their private trombone instructor, Carla Stovall, at the MAIS Clinic closing concert:

JA Band members in rehearsals at MAIS Clinic:

The JA Band enjoyed visits from alumni over the past few weeks. Caroline Burford from Ole Miss and Annie Campbell from MS State worked with the guard:

Zack McWilliams from MS State visited with current bass player Courtney Francois (photo credit to alum Will Tribble, visiting from Ole Miss):

Sunday, January 3, 2016

1/3/16 UPDATE


January 7-9 - MAIS Concert Band Clinic, Hinds Community College

NOTE: Because of the clinic, there will be no band class Thursday or Friday this week. A substitute will be available to supervise students in the band hall.

January 9 - Winter Guard Rehearsal 12:30 - 5:30

February 29 - Features Pageant

March 29 - Evening Concert Band Rehearsal

April 5 - Evening Concert Band Rehearsal

April 8 - MAIS Concert Band Festival

May 9 - Spring Concert

TBA - Band Banquet

July 25 - 29 and August 1-5 - Band Camp

A clip from the Christmas Concert has been added to the YouTube list to the right.

The full concert is available for purchase in the JA Store.