The Jackson Academy Band inspires enthusiasm and school spirit – integral parts of JA’s everyday life – and is recognized among the premier educational performing ensembles in the nation.
A Legacy of Musicality
Commitment and a welcoming environment characterize the heart of JA’s band programs. When an ensemble works together, friendships form and musical masterpieces come to life. The responsibility, teamwork, and goal-achievement learned in the band hall shows on the field and stage, where students present award-winning shows to be proud of, all while developing lifelong skills of leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork
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The concert band is the program’s primary teaching tool. The ensemble rehearses and performs from the end of marching season through the end of the school year. This band explores and performs classic music literature for wind ensembles, with a focus on developing the individual players. The concert band performs at JA and in the surrounding community, and offers students the opportunity to participate in clinics at universities throughout the state.
Open to students in grades 7-12, the guard adds color to the Marching Band show. Many guard members play a musical instrument in addition to performing with flags, sabres, rifles, and dancing. They contribute musically to the marching band and are also members of the concert and jazz bands.
The jazz band is comprised of brass, wind, and percussion students in grades 7-12. The group’s pedagogical focus is on teaching and improving jazz performance techniques including traditional jazz, big band, swing, pop, fusion, rock, funk, and Latin. Participation in the jazz band enhances technical abilities, sight reading aptitude, and improvisational skills.
Sixth Grade Band
The sixth grade beginner band is designed as an instruction, rather than performance, based class which serves as an introduction to instrumental music. No prior musical experience is required. Students receive individualized attention as they develop tone and technique while progressing through an ensemble method program. A minimal but consistent home practice routine is encouraged to maximize results. There are no after-school rehearsals. The ensemble performs at the Christmas Concert in December and an end-of-the-year concert in May.
The drumline consists of percussion, brass, and wind musicians and performs on battery percussion at football games, pep rallies and other campus events. It is a very visible and popular aspect of the JA Band. The primary purpose of the drumline is to enhance school spirit, while at the same time improving the members’ musicianship.