Way of the Samurai

The Jefferson High School Band of Blue is proud to present their 2016 program, Way of the Samurai.

The program is based upon traditional Japanese folk songs and is presented in four movements. Each movement represents a virtue of the Samurai warrior: Hope, Strength, Honor, and Courage.

The Jefferson High School Band program offers a balanced curriculum providing opportunities at all stages of musical development. Thad K. Driskell and Chad Allard lead the Band program that includes three concert bands, the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Ninth Grade Concert Band, The Band of Blue Marching Band, Jazz Band and two pep bands. The Band of Blue has earned national recognition through performances in the 1995 and 2001 Orange Parade, the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 1999 Fiesta Parade, the 2004 Pan-Pacific Parade in O'ahu, Hawaii, the 2006 Citrus Parade, the 2010 Holiday Bowl Parade and Half-Time Performance in beautiful San Diego, California, and a return to O'ahu, Hawaii in 2008 and 2015. The Band of Blue has earned numerous awards including 37 consecutive Division I Superior ratings at the State Marching Band Festival and numerous awards and recognitions in competition.

The Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 1993, 1997, and 2004 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. The ensemble has served as a Rehearsal Lab Ensemble for the 2010 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference and the prestigious international Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2010. The Wind Symphony has earned 41 Division I Superior ratings in the last 42 years at the State Large Group Festival.

Jefferson Band of Blue 2016 Performance Schedule

Home Football Game Schedule
Friday, Aug. 26 vs. Pleasant Valley
Friday, Sept. 9 vs. Linn-Mar
Friday, Sept. 16 vs. CR Kennedy
Thursday, Sept. 22 vs. CR Washington
Thursday, Sept. 29 vs. Waterloo West
Friday, Oct. 14 vs. Cedar Falls
Performances and Competitions
Friday, Aug. 5 – Band of Blue Night at the Kernels
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Mt. Pleasant Marching Invitational
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Linn-Mar Marching Band Invitational
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Marion Marching Invitational
Wednesday, Sept.28 – 8th Grade Marching Band Performance
Saturday, Oct.1 – Bands Across the Prairie
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Five Seasons Invitational
Saturday, Oct. 8 – State Marching Band Festival
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Valleyfest
Monday, Oct. 10 – Metro Marching Band Classic
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Waukee Marching Invitational
Friday, Nov. 4 – Bands of America Indianapolis Super-Regional
Monday, Nov. 7 – Jefferson Band Extravaganza

Jefferson Band of Blue Marching Band Staff

Thad K. Driskell Director of Bands
Chad Allard Associate Director of Bands
Kelly Snyder Rhythmic Movement Instructor
Porfirio Gomez and Brian Shay Visual Production and Design
Frank Sullivan Wind Arranger
Kevin Boyle and Ryan Hoagland Percussion Arrangers
Porfirio Gomez Color Guard Choreographer
Amy Burdt and Peter Trimble Color Guard Instructors
Shelby Carney, Pete Grubisich, and Ryan Hoagland Percussion Instructors
Makayla Kaune and Brianne Settlage Flute Sectional Instructors
Lynn Mann Clarinet Sectional Instructor
Laura Dryzcymski and Trey Hill Saxophone Sectional Instructor
Steve Stickney and Chad Allard Trumpet Sectional Instructor
David Law Mellophone Sectional Instructor
David Anderson and Earle W. Dickinson Low Brass Sectional Instructor
Matt Oliphant The Voice of The Band of Blue
Todd Hunt Webmaster
Ashley Carey Graphic Design
Alan Feirer, Group Dynamics Leadership Training

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