Blue Jays Don’t Miss a Beat at Annual Band Camp

Posted August 7, 2017 / Last updated August 11, 2017

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The marching band takes advantage of some time to rehearse the musical component of their field performance since a morning of rain kept them off of the field at Nicholls State University.

With more than 65 clubs and organizations, it is easy for students to find a place to belong in their years at Carrollton and Banks. With right around 100 members, the Blue Jay Band is a rich place for students to experience that sense of connection to one another and to Jesuit, and the annual band camp at Nicholls State University in early August fosters that connection before the school year even begins.

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Band director Joe Caluda ’79 gives instruction to freshman Michael Melancon and seniors William Mentz and Michael Plessala.

Under the direction of Mr. Joe Caluda ’79 and assistant band director Mr. Jason Giaccone, the Blue Jay Marching Band takes advantage of the week away to put into place the musical program for the year ahead. Eighty-four members of the Blue Jay Marching Band spent the week gearing up for the upcoming season of football halftime performances and concerts that will showcase the band’s broad range of musical styles. The Jesuit Jayettes also used the week to practice their routines and coordinate the field performances with the band.

The band and the Jayettes, coached by Chloe Crosby and moderated by Susan de Boisblanc, worked tirelessly in sweltering heat (and even rain) to bond and prepare the show that Blue Jay fans will enjoy throughout the season. In addition to entertaining fans during the halftime show at Jesuit football games, the year ahead will see the band perform two seasonal concerts for the school community, march in carnival season and Disney parades, compete in the District VI marching festival, assist the Philelectic Society for the spring musical performance, and much more.

On hand at band camp this year to assist with instruction were former bandsmen Nick Caluda ’11, Patrick Fine ’15, and Chris Stephens ’13. Former band director B.J. Perez also lent his musical talents to the efforts, and the band booster parents provide invaluable support during camp and throughout the year.

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Jayettes take to the studio to practice their indoor dance routines.

Two drum majors will orchestrate the 2017-2018 Blue Jay Band: seniors Kyle Selle and Chris Vasquez . Nearly 25 incoming students join the ranks of the band this season and are already impressing veteran bandsmen with their musical talents.

With an ambitious repertoire for the 2017-2018 school year, the Blue Jay Band is all set to continue its legacy of providing excellent musical entertainment for the Jesuit community and fostering the connection that Jesuit students have enjoyed since 1847.