Band room : (804) 378-2420 Extn 4127

James River Band

Good evening Regiment!

First off, great job on Friday night band!  For our first run in public, first time in uniform and for our first football game, I was very pleased with our performance.  We have some work to do to finish the show by next Fridays game and next Saturday's first competition

Secondly, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for all their hard work at Tag Day on Saturday!  I know it was a long day and a hot day!  But thank you to all the drivers, all the counters, the lunch helpers, and Mrs. Lahaye for organizing the whole thing and especially the students who went door to door all day long.  I am HAPPY to say that all your hard work was SOOO successful.  We raised over $17,000 in door to door donations alone!  And we already have $5,000 in family and friends letters coming in.  So we are already at $22,000 in Tag Day donations!!  That is awesome!!  I know it was a lot of work and it might not have been the most exciting afternoon the students could have been doing, but the hard work was worth it!  Lets use this hard work on the field and the show will benefit just as much!

I also have to thank Mrs. King and ALL the ladies who have come in everyday to sew for me!!  The banner looks awesome and when it is revealed next week, its going to be very exciting!!!  They have been coming in every time the band has been rehearsing and sewing, sewing, sewing....I cant thank you enough!  Thank you to Mr. O'Keefe who has been helping and working hard and getting the firework holders ready.  And another Thank you to frontline member Grace Brown who has been painting the backdrops the last two weeks!  Our next performance is going to be SOO exciting!

Uniform 101:

The band members brought home 2 pairs of white uniform pants yesterday.  If they left before doing so, they will need to bring them home after rehearsal this week.

  • It is your job to wash the white band pants.  (PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL)
  • Students can bring the pants back in the morning of school or when long as they are back by the next performance.
  • DO NOT drop the pants off in the main office please!  The secretaries cannot hold those items in the office!

Concert Attire for Band Members

As many of your kids may have told you, they are beginning to get fitted for tuxedos and dresses for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.

If anyone can come in and assist Mrs. Durant during the day, please email her!!!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have over 100 students getting fitted for tuxedos and dresses and it is very time consuming and she can use some help!!

Spirit Wear

I know several people are still looking for Regiment Spirit Wear and I will be sending out a flyer to the kids this week with what items we have left.

Dont be left out at competitions and football games....get your items now!!!!

This Week's Schedule:

Mon. Sept 18:

  • Woodwind & Brass rehearsal 2:15-4:30pm
  • Band Booster meeting 7pm in the Band Room

Tues. Sept 19:

  • Guard rehearsal 6-8:30pm (This is a change!!)
  • Percussion rehearsal 6-8:30pm

Wed. Sept. 20:

  • Regiment rehearsal 2:15-4:30pm

Thurs. Sept 21:

  • Regiment rehearsal 2:15-4:30pm

Next Week's Schedule:

Mon. Sept 25:

  • Back to school night.  Percussion, Woodwinds and Brass need to report to the school by 5:45pm for our performance.
  • We will NOT rehearse after school today.
  • Students need to wear their show shirt and we perform in the Theater for all the parents!
  • Students will be done by 6:30pm

Tues. Sept. 26:

  • Guard rehearsal 2:15-5pm
  • Percussion rehearsal 6-8:30pm

Wed. Sept 27:

  • Regiment rehearsal 2:15-4:30pm
  • Chipotle Fundraiser from 5-9pm.  (See flyer attached!)

Thurs. Sept. 28:

  • Regiment rehearsal 2:15-4:30pm

Fri. Sept. 29:

  • Rehearsal 2pm-3:30pm
  • Students report back by 5:45pm for game (15 min earlier than normal because we were late this week)


  • Students will report to JRHS no later than 11am
  • The Regiment will rehearse from 11am-1pm
  • 1pm-2pm the band will have lunch and pack the trailer.  Students bring lunch on days of competitions and eat while we pack, get dressed and prepare to leave.
  • 2pm departure for Hermitage High School
  • Band performs around 5:15pm
  • Awards are around 10pm
  • We should be home around 11pm
  • More details will be told to the students this week.

Let me know if you have any questions!!!

Mr. Justin Turpin
Director of Bands & Orchestra
Tri-M Music Honor Society Advisor
James River High School