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March 7, 2016
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Loyola Results

I’m sure most of you have already heard about our outstanding performance at Loyola this past Friday. I just received word that several…actually many of our students were selected to receive a certificate from Loyola for their distinguished musicianship/solos.

Earning outstanding musicianship awards for the big band performance were:

Camille Dupre`,  Tenor Sax
Brian Bordelon,  Tenor Sax
Trey Parker, Alto Sax

Earning outstanding musicianship awards for the Jazz Combo performance were:

Trey Parker, Alto Sax
Jacob Barrios, Trumpet
Sarah Banker, Flute
Dane Harter, Bass

Congratulations to all our students for an outstanding performance!



March 3, 2016
by docandry

Busy Week

Dear Parents and Students,

We are caught up in a busy week but it’s going to be a lot of fun. First of all the Jazz Band’s performance Tuesday at the Manship Theater was spectacular. We have already made a few corrections in class and Friday’s performance promises not to disappoint!

We are still having after school rehearsal for the Concert Band today. The schedule will be moved up and we will rehearse from 1:30-3. The district direct found an opening next Tuesday at 11:30 for us so we will perform on Tuesday as we had already planned. We will be back so students can get their normal ride home after school. Tuesday’s performance is at Zachary High School. Our on stage performance is open to the public, so if you’re free around lunch, you are welcome to stop by and hear us!

Students going to Loyola Friday need to report to the band room for 6:15. I want to be loaded up and moving by 6:45 so we can avoid most the the morning carpool traffic at St. Michael. Parents following us to New Orleans should meet in the back of the school. I finally received our performance schedule Tuesday from Loyola. There seems to have been a problem with his outbox because he said he sent the schedule to me 3 times. Anyway, our combo performs first at 9:15 and the big band will perform at 10:40. We will eat immediately after our clinic and attend afternoon master classes and listen to some other bands. The evening will conclude with a concert by the Loyola Faculty Combo at 4:30. We will most likely leave Loyola between 5:45 and 6. We do plan on stopping to celebrate by eating dinner on the way home. I estimate our time of arrival back at school between 8:30 – 9 PM.

Sorry, this is late. Depending our our performances and the judges’ comments, I will determine how much after school rehearsal we will need to polish things up for competition at Disney. Do plan on an after school rehearsal the Tuesday before we get out for our Easter vacation. We will also have to have our big push forward to prepare for Moonlight and Jazz, which will be the Sunday following our return from Disney!

Like I said. It’s going to be a lot of fun!!



February 9, 2016
by docandry
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Upcoming rehearsals and performances

Dear Band Parents and Students,

I hope you are enjoying your Mardi Gras holiday. This post is to get some important dates out to you so you can put them on your calendar.  First, we will begin having after school rehearsals for concert band Thursday, February 18 from 3-4:30. The following week’s rehearsal will be on Tuesday, February 23. Our final after school rehearsal before District IV Assessment Festival will be Thursday, March 3. Here’s the kicker. IF we don’t sound like we are ready for competition on that Thursday, I may have to call one more rehearsal on Monday, March 7. I hope we can get everything put together with only three after school rehearsals.

Now, here are performances that you should have on your calendars. The Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the 50th anniversary of the Fortier/Gerbrecht Jazz Invitational Tuesday, March 1, at the Manship Theater. I haven’t received a time yet for our performance, but it generally begins around 6:30 or 7 PM.

Our District IV Concert Band Assessment Festival is Tuesday, March 8, at Zachary High School. We perform at 2 PM. I will be working on bus transportation first thing when we get back to school next week.

Our performance at Loyola University Jazz Festival is Friday, March 4th. I haven’t received a performance time for that yet but I expect it sometime this week. Students in the Jazz Band will be out all day that Friday.

Our Chamber Recital of Sacred Music will be at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church, Sunday, March 20 at 7 PM. Students will need to report to the church to set up at 6:30 so we can set up as soon as 5:30 Mass lets out.

Finally, I just received an email with our performance schedule for Disney!! (while I was typing this) Our Concert Band will be performing Friday, at 10:35 and our Jazz Band will be performing Friday at 2:30. The Concert Band venue (Ballroom of the Americas) has been moved this year and will be at the Contemporary Resort. The Jazz Band will be performing at the Boardwalk Resort Atlantic Dance Hall. That means, spectators will not need tickets to get in to hear us perform. Spectators will, however, have to provide their own transportation to these venues (Disney buses can drop you off at the resorts).

I will post more information after I go through all the paperwork.


February 1, 2016
by docandry

Disney Final Cost Breakdown and Balance (due now)

Dear Band Parents and Students,

I have the final breakdown for the cost for our Disney Trip. I will not have a final itinerary until probably the first week of March but I can tell you that we will be leaving Baton Rouge Wednesday, March 30, after a final rehearsal in the band room and we will be returning early Sunday morning, April 3.

I was able to achieve my initial goal of keeping the cost of the trip as close to $400 as I could. I was successful but I forgot to include tax on the Disney tickets (5%) and the tax on the hotel rooms (13%). So, After having paid most of our Radisson and Disney for tickets, rooms and meals, here is the final cost breakdown:

Students –  3-day park hopper passes, including 5% tax = $284.55
Students – two nights at the Radisson Resort Celebration (Kissimmee), includes 13%s tax =  $ 66.43
Students – two breakfast buffets at the Radisson Celebration = $24
Students – 3 Disney meal coupons (entre’, sides, and drink without dessert) = $45
Students – Transportation via t motor coach = no cost (paid for with Moonlight and Jazz profits)

Student Total = $420

Chaperone/adult  – 3-day park hopper passes, including 5% tax = $284.5
Chaperone/adult – two nights at the Radisson Resort Celebration (Kissimmee), includes tax = $101.70
Chaperone/adult – two breakfast buffets at the Radisson Celebration = $24
Chaperone/adult – 3 Disney meal coupons (entre’, sides, and drink without dessert) = $45

Chaperone/adult Total = $455.20 (includes 2 breakfasts and the three meal coupons)
Chaperone/adult Total without the three Disney meal coupons = $410.20

Most of you have remitted a deposit thus far of $300. Please send the balance due for your trip by Wednesday, February 17. If you have forgotten how much you have paid so far, just email me or have your child ask me and I will let you/them know.





January 23, 2016
by docandry

Congratulations to our Jazz Members!

Congratulations go out to all our Jazz Ensemble members who auditioned for the All Parish Honor Band. I am happy to report that everyone from SMHS who auditioned made the band! Earning spots in the trombone section were: Dane Harter (first chair) and Nathan Zeringue (second chair). Making it on third trumpet was Jacob Barrios. Trey Parker also made the prestigious honor band as the second alto player. These students will join students from across the parish for a concert at the Manship Theater in February.

On a sad note, senior trombonist, David Bell’s mother, Lynette, lost her courageous battle with cancer this morning. David’s family is quiet and I know he would not want me to mention this on my blog, but I have always told my students that we are family! As family; when we work, we work together. When we play, we play together. Now, I ask that we all pray together for David, his sister, Jessica (class of 2013), and their dad, David, during this tough time for their family. Lynette was the sweetest, and she will be missed. I know there is another sweet angel in heaven today.



January 8, 2016
by docandry


Dear Band Parents,

I hope you all had a blessed, restful Christmas/New Year break. This week has been gangbusters for us here! We “hit the ground running” Monday as I passed out music for both the Jazz Band and Concert Band that we will be performing at all our assessment festivals (Loyola, District IV, and Disney). My students have responded well and we are learning new material in great fashion! We had a guest visit us Wednesday. Charles Pillow, a college buddy of mine, directed a master class with our Jazz Ensemble. Charles is a nationally acclaimed jazz musician, composer, and educator. With five solo CDs as a solo leader and over 100 others, Charles has established himself as one of the premier muti-instrumentalists of today. As a sideman, he has performed on recordings with artists including Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, and many more. Charles sat in with our big band and offered suggestions to our young musicians to improve their playing. In fact, he was so inspired by our students, he went home and wrote and original piece for us!! What a compliment to your children!! Charles will be emailing me the parts this weekend and we can get started working on it soon.

By now, everyone should have paid their second installment for the Disney trip, which means we should have deposited $300 for each participant by now. If you have not sent this in by next Friday, I will have to assume that plans have changed and you will not be attending. I do need to know if anyone isn’t coming, especially if I need to make adjustments to instrumentation for the contest/assessment festival.

Please make notes of these important dates for this spring semester:

Saturday, January 23, all parish jazz band auditions
Friday, January 29, All Parish High School Concert
February 1, Distinguished Graduates Dinner (Jazz Band students only)
Thursday, February 25, All Parish Jazz Band Concert (Manship Theater)
Tuesday, March 1, Fortier-Gerbrecht Invitational Concert (Manship Theater) (Jazz Band only)
Friday, March 4, Loyola Jazz Festival (Jazz band and combo(s) only)
March 8, District Band festival (all band students) held at Zachary High School
March 30-April 3, Disney Trip
April 10, Moonlight and Jazz
April 26, Spring Concert
Some time during Lent season (TBD Chamber Recital of Sacred music at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church

Thanks. I’m looking forward to a terrific semester!


December 16, 2015
by docandry

Merry Christmas

Dear Band Parents, Students, Friends, and Alumni,

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! It’s been a very productive and musical semester. I am so very blessed to be able to work each day with such amazing, talented students. I am looking forward to an even better spring semester!

I am also excited to announce that Moonlight and Jazz tickets can be purchased on line with a credit card. I am posting the link here:

They make great Christmas gifts!



December 3, 2015
by docandry

Congratulations to these Warrior Band Members!

Congratulations to our Warrior Band Members who earned spots in the East Baton Rouge Parish All-Parish Honor Band. This year we had an unprecedented number of students audition and earn spots in the band, which highlights the best musical talent in the parish. Earning first chair in the Symphonic Band, the top band, were Camille Dupre (clarinet), Amber Chavez (bass clarinet), and Schyler Lee (flute). Other members who earned positions in the Symphonic Band were,  Sarah Banker (flute), Devereaux Stevison (flute), Eva Lee (horn), Mary Vanhaverbeke (horn), Vanessa Sanders (percussion), and Nathan Zeringue (trombone). Earning spots in the All-Parish Concert band were Dane Harter (tuba), Jake Barrios (trumpet), Cameron Bennett (percussion), Trey Parker, (alto saxophone), and Samantha Copeland (clarinet). We are especially proud of the four students who earned positions on multiple instruments. These students were Dane Harter, Nathan Zeringue, Amber Chavez, and Eva Lee. They will all perform in concert Friday, January 29, 2016.



November 20, 2015
by docandry

Moonlight and Jazz, X

Dear Band Parents, Students, Alumni, and Friends of the Warrior Band,

It’s time to kick off our Moonlight and Jazz campaign. This year marks the 10th year of what we like to call the classiest, most enjoyable school-sponsored event of the year! Moonlight and Jazz is an evening of fine dining, great music, and wine, held on the beautiful grounds of John Folse’s White Oak Plantation. Guests are fed a scrumptious meal prepared by the John Folse staff and they are entertained by the award-winning Warrior Jazz Ensemble. In recent years we have provided a unique experience for up to 270 guests. This year, we hope to break our record and hit 300 in its tenth year of inception.

Moonlight and Jazz is the only fund raiser for the Warrior Band program. We don’t sell pizza kits, cookie dough, chocolate, wrapping paper, etc. I’m sure many of you grudgingly had to do this in elementary and middle school. Funds generated from our event help run the program by providing money to purchase new instruments, maintain our inventory of instruments, and help defray ever increasing transportation costs to ball games, competitions, and our bi-annual Disney trip. While the Jazz Ensemble provides the entertainment for the event, know that this fund raiser supports the entire band.

Please mark your calendars for this year’s event (Sunday, April 10, from 5:30-7:30) and take a look at the attached flyer (tickets make GREAT Christmas gifts) and our sponsorship letter. We cannot rely solely on ticket sales to make this event a financial success. We need to defray some of our costs of this evening by procuring sponsorships from individuals and corporate donors. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I know that many of our alumni still subscribe to this blog. I would love to see several tables filled with band alumni at this year’s event!

By the way. Preferred seating goes to sponsors and those who can fill a table of ten. I recommend you get together with friends and others who will be attending and fill a table.

Thanks for all you do to support our great Warrior Band program! Enjoy a great Thanksgiving break!


MJ Christmas Flyer 2015

Procurement invititon

November 10, 2015
by docandry

A few items and a correction.

Dear Band Parents, former students, former band parents, and current students,

I wanted to update you on our plans to attend this Friday’s playoff game. We will be leaving campus around 4:40. The pregame meal will be Raising Cane’s ($6).  We will do our annual “playoff game” halftime show, a taste of Christmas in a Latin, improvisation style. It’s a lot of fun. Students should wear a Santa Clause hat for this if you have one. You do not have to go out and purchase one for this.

Speaking of Christmas; we will be kicking off our Moonlight and Jazz campaign shortly. Tickets to Moonlight and Jazz make GREAT Christmas gifts. I have bought tickets for my parents and in-laws for 9 years now. 🙂  Also, the date on the Warrior Band Newsletter (published in July) has an incorrect date for our Christmas Concert. The correct date is Sunday, December 6, at 1 PM.

We are through with after school rehearsals for our marching season. We will, however, have two after school rehearsals to put all my classes together for our Christmas concert. These will be on the Tuesday (Dec. 1) and Thursday (Dec. 3).


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