Band room : (804) 378-2420 Extn 4127

James River Band

Good evening Regiment:
I wanted to thank Mrs. King and Mrs. Castelo for all their work in making uniform fitting this past week a great success.  And a huge thank you to ALL the other parents who came in to help measure all the students!  Fitting and measuring 90 students is a great deal of work and I wanted to thank each and every one of you.  Thank you also to the students who came out to help make the process move quickly!
Here are a few reminders for this week!!  Remember to eat a good breakfast before coming to camp!!  Its very important!!  Make sure you bring a lunch each day and bring water.  Students are NOT allowed to leave campus for lunch.  you may have lunch delivered if you would like, but you cant leave!  Lunch will run from 11:30-12:30 each day.  Be sure you are ready to go at 7:30am everyday!!  Dont be late!
Cruise Update:
-Well, after 7 months of approval and many bids and changes, the county has FINALLY approved our cruise set for 2018 to the Bahamas!
-I will be passing out a much more detailed handout later this week to the students, but here is the brief version:
  • The cruise will take place from Thursday, March 29th, 2018-Monday, April 2nd, 2018....this is over Easter!  This was one of the changes that we had to do.  Students will be excused from school on March 29th and March 30th.  Monday April 2nd begins spring break for the students.
  • The cost of the trip will be roughly $800 and include everything for the entire trip.
  • We will be looking for chaperones as well.
  • Look for a handout and permission slip coming out later this week.  Because the county has taken so long and we have had to make so many changes, the payments are going to come pretty quickly and we have to move fast to secure enough rooms on the cruise ship.  If you remember, this cruise will be with Midlothian HS and Manchester HS Band and Orchestra programs as well as ours.
The Payment plan will be as follows: (Estimated)
  • $100 Sept. 15
  • $150 Oct
  • $150 Nov
  • $100 Dec
  • $100 Jan
  • $100 Feb
  • $100 March
This Weeks Schedule:
Mon. Aug 14th:
-Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
Tues. Aug 15th:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Anyone who missed uniform fitting, Mrs. King will be here during lunch.
  • Wood and Iron Fundraiser from 6-8:30pm.  Just show up to the Restaurant Wood and Iron and eat in or take out and a portion of the proceeds will go to the band.  Just simply say when you pay, you are with James River Band!
Wed. Aug 16th:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
Thurs. Aug 17th:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
Fri. Aug 18th:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • FREE Pizza for lunch for EVERYBODY.
  • Southside Speedway performance. 
    • Arrive by 7pm to the Speedway with your instrument. 
    • Each student and one guest will get in for free. 
    • We will perform the Star Spangled Banner
Next Weeks Schedule:
Mon. Aug 21:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Band photos at 8am.  All parents will receive an email from the photography company about ordering photos.  We will take the group shot first down at the stadium and then each student will get an individual photo for the yearly composite.  The group shot will be used in all publicity for the group including the football program, all competitions and the yearbook.

Tues. Aug 22nd:

  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Students will be able to sign up to order Chik-Fila for Thursday

Wed. Aug 23rd:

  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Chik-Fila money due if students are ordering

Thurs. Aug 24th:

  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Chik-Fila for lunch for those students ordering.
Fri. Aug 25th:
  • Band Camp 7:30am-3:00pm
  • Band Camp Picnic and Performance will start at 6pm.  More details coming!
Let me know if you need anything or have any questions!

Good evening Regiment,

This will be the first weekly email that I send out to everyone.  I will send these out every Sunday evening reminding everyone of the weeks schedule and any important bits of information for everyone.
By now, everyone should have received an important envelope in the mail!  Please be sure to read through everything.  I also included a new schedule for everyone on bright colored paper....please throw away any other schedule you may have and use the new one.  There are a few changes on it!
I have to take a brief moment and thank all the student leaders for spending the day today at Challenge Discovery!  We spent 4 hours working on leadership skills, bonding and working through an awesome ropes course as a group!  See the photo below!  The student leaders are ready to go for the season!!
Parent Sign Ups:
-Here is the link that parents can use to sign up to Chaperon, Work Concession Stands and help on Pit Crew!!
-Take some time to look at your schedule and sign up to help!!!
-You can also find this link on the Bands Website under the signupgenious tab on the left.  Will be posted there shortly and you can access it anytime!
A Message from our Uniform Chair:
I’d like to welcome all of our new band families and, of course, welcome back all of our returning ones as well!  I’m super excited about the upcoming season as I think we’ve got a fantastic show this year! Don’t forget that uniform fitting is Wednesday, Aug 9th, 6pm-8pm for Juniors and Seniors, and Thursday, Aug 10th , 6pm-8pm for Freshman, Sophomores and Eighth graders. We’re still in need of two more volunteers for Thursday night as we have quite a few new students to measure and fit! We will also need several volunteers to help hem pants and jackets during band camp. Please be aware, if this is your first year, this in generally not a quick process! Although we will try to get you in and out as quickly as possible, you should probably plan on being there awhile. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jill King - Uniform Chair
This Week's Schedule:
-Colorguard rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-Colorguard rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-Percussion rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-ALL rookies (New People) camp 7:30am-Noon
-Uniform Fitting for Seniors & Juniors 6pm-8pm
-Colorguard rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-Percussion rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-ALL rookies (New People) camp 7:30am-Noon
-Uniform Fitting for Sophomores, Freshmen & 8th Graders 6pm-8:30pm
-Percussion rehearsal 7:30am-3:30pm
-EVERYBODY camp 7:30am-Noon (No Colorguard)
Next Week's Schedule:
Regiment Band Camp for ALL members
Tuesday 8/15:
-Wood and Iron Fundraiser from 6-8:30pm
-Just show up to the Restaurant Wood and Iron and eat in or take out and a portion of the proceeds will go to the band.
-Just simply say when you pay, you are with James River Band!
Friday 8/18:
-Southside Speedway performance
-Arrive by 7pm
-Each student and one guest will get in for free
-We will perform the Star Spangled Banner
See everyone this week!
Mr. Justin Turpin
Director of Bands & Orchestra
Tri-M Music Honor Society Advisor
James River High School
3700 James River Road
Midlothian, VA  23113
804-378-2420  Ext. 4127
A 21-Time Virginia State Honor Band
A VMEA Blue Ribbon School for Music
Leaders Camp