Members of the Jackson Academy band clambered aboard busses in the 5:00 a.m. darkness last Thursday and headed to Iowa to participate in two band competitions. Later that day they caught lunch in Sikeston, Missori, at Lamberts, a restaurant known for having waiters lob biscuits at diners. The group paused their journey one more time to tour the St. Louis arch and catch a sight of the riverboats that inspired this year’s show and arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that night.
Friday was a full day for the band, with early morning rehearsal followed by a trip to the Coral Ridge Mall for ice skating and shopping. The group spent their afternoon touring the University of Iowa and learning about what the school has to offer potential students in a presentation by their Admission team.
On Saturday the traveling and rehearsals all came together on the field of Linn-Mar High School, where JA’s band received fourth place overall against eight other bands. With one competition behind them, the group rode down the road to Marion High School where they won first place band and first place colorguard! Congratulations to the band, and welcome back from a wonderfully full and memorable trip!