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Jonesboro High School Band

301 Hurricane Drive

Jonesboro, AR 72401


July 1, 2015


Dear JHS Band Members and Parents,


Greetings!  We hope that you are having a great summer. Summer band rehearsals are just around the corner and we are anxious to begin another great year with the Jonesboro High School Marching Band. This year's field production is THE MATADOR! This is a high-energy show with lots of dramatic music and visual possibilities! You will love it! We are also very excited to welcome our new Assistant Director of Bands, Mr. Seth Jansen. Many of you already know Mr. Jansen from previous sectionals and rehearsals. We know you will welcome him warmly into our band family.


Enclosed is another copy of our Summer Rehearsal Schedule just in case you lost the one we handed out in May. So that we all get off to a good start, please read the following information carefully. Remember that ALL JHS Band practices/camps are mandatory.  If you have questions, please call. Below is a summary of our practice schedule, as well as other important information. In addition, the JHS Food Services will be providing FREE lunch to anyone that wants it.  Please email me if you plan on taking advantage of this FREE SERVICE so I can get a count.


JHS Practice Information - A detailed schedule of rehearsals is enclosed on colored paper. Read the schedule carefully.


What to Wear      Dress comfortably! We will work inside and outside, so wear cool and comfortable clothing/shoes. Sandals or bare feet are not allowed in the marching rehearsals. We recommend tennis shoes for marching practice.  Sunglasses and hats are suggested for outside rehearsals (please take them off for the inside rehearsals).  Sunscreen is also recommended for all outside rehearsals. We always provide you with water during outside rehearsals. Make sure you bring your water bottle!


What to Bring       Woodwind & Brass players, bring your instrument to all rehearsals beginning July 20.  School-owned instruments have to

                                be checked-out on Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon.


Camp Fee              Each student will need to pay a $25 camp fee due the first day of camp, July 20.  If you pay by check, may it payable to JHS Band Boosters.


Attendance           Please understand that you are expected to be at every rehearsal.  In case of rain, we will still practice (indoors). Everyone was informed of practice dates in May, so conflicts should be worked out by this date. UNDERSTANDABLY, you must be present at rehearsals if you plan to perform with the JHS Band this fall. In cases of extreme emergency: please contact Mr. Harbison or Mr. Jansen if you simply must miss a rehearsal.


Being on Time      Being on time means being here 10 minutes before rehearsal begins. This gives you time to get your instrument/music and to move to the area you will be rehearsing in. Please plan your transportation ahead of time. If you need transportation to rehearsal, call your section leader or one of the directors. Please make these arrangements early so that we can help arrange transportation for you if needed.  “I didn’t have a ride” is not an acceptable excuse for missing a rehearsal.


Section Leaders   Cell phone numbers of all the section leaders are listed on the band camp schedule. Feel free to call your Section Leader if you have a question about the JHS Band. Section Leaders, remember that you have a Leadership Workshop on Friday, July 17, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. This is a required workshop!!


Parents                  It is a good idea to let your parents read all correspondence coming from our office so that we are all on the same page.  "Rehearsals are required, and are not optional." Parents, please join our Facebook Group Jonesboro Band as this will be a great way to keep informed about in the JHS Band. Also, check out our band website at www.jonesboroband.org. You can also join our Remind 101. Simply text “@band151” to “81010”. This will allow you to receive all band updates.


The Tradition        We are really excited about this year as we continue the tradition of outstanding bands at JHS. WELCOME SOPHOMORES!

Of Excellence        You are now a member of one of the most successful groups at JHS and in the State of Arkansas. We are excited about having you in our band family! Everyone should come to band rehearsal excited and ready to go. Let’s make 2015 - 2016 another great chapter in the Tradition of Excellence!


     In closing, let us encourage you to locate your instrument, make sure it is in good working condition, and practice a little before our first day of rehearsal. We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, have a great summer!







Grant Harbison, Director of Bands                                                                                                                   Seth Jansen, Assistant Director of Bands

grant.harbison@jonesboroschools.net                                                                                                                        seth.jansen@jonesboroschools.net

Office Phone: 870-933-5881                                                                                                                                   Office Phone: 870-933-5881

Cell Phone: 870-530-2486                                                                                                                                   Cell Phone: 870-378-4049


2015 Jonesboro High School Band Summer Rehearsal Schedule

(All events held at JHS Band Hall)  




July 17               Friday          School Instrument Checkout                                                      10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon


July 17               Friday          Section Leader Workshop                                                           2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


July 20-24         Mon-Fri       Band Camp I               Drumline/Guard/                                    8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon



                                                                                    Front Ensemble                                        1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


July 27-28         Mon-Tues   Band Camp II               Everyone                                                8:00 am – 12 Noon AND

                                                                                                                                                        1:00-5:00 p.m.




August 3-7        Mon-Fri       Band Camp III             Everyone                                                8:30 am -12 Noon AND

                                                                                                                                                       1:30-4:00 p.m.



August 10-14    Mon-Fri       Band Camp IV             Everyone                                                8:30 am -12 Noon AND

                                                                                                                                                        1:30-4:00 p.m.

 *This week’s schedule may be adjusted to accommodate back to school meetings (School Schedule has not been set yet)


Remind 101
     TEXT: @band151      TO: 81010

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