The Jefferson Band Booster Club is a non-profit organization made up of parents of students currently in band who are interested in giving their children the best band experience through logistical support of band performances, fund-raising for band activities, and general support.
|Dan Fretland||Director of Bands||[email protected]|
|Jeff Levine||Associate Band Director||[email protected]|
|Carla Agre||Band Secretary||[email protected]|
|Amanda Matson||Flag Advisor||[email protected]|
|Cyndi Ratliff||President||[email protected]|
|Kris Pierskalla||Past President||[email protected]|
|Open||Vice President||[email protected]|
|Alicia Ringer||Secretary||[email protected]|
|Kara Smidt||Treasurer||[email protected]|
|Laura Martin||Membership||[email protected]|
|General Fundraising Coordinator||[email protected]|
|Dan TerLouw & Bonnie Melville||Friends of the Band||[email protected]|
|Melissa Dunphy||Website Communications||[email protected]|
|Rani Hayden||Volunteer Coordinator||[email protected]|
|Open||Escrow Fundraising||[email protected]|
|Kari Christensen||Escrow Fundraising||[email protected]|
|Melissa Dunphy||Spirit Wear||[email protected]|
|Open||Dinkles Coordinator||[email protected]|
|Rachel O’Bert||6-10 Diner Coordinator||[email protected]|
The Jefferson Band Booster Club generally meets on the Second Tuesday of the Month in the Jefferson High School Band Room. (Check the calendar of events for up to date meeting dates and locations.) All Booster Club Members are welcome to attend the meeting.
Our Constitution and Bylaws
Constitution and Bylaws
According to the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization, the Constitution may be amended by two-thirds majority vote of the members present at any meeting. The amendments must have been presented, in writing, at the preceding regular meeting (March 2013) and notice shall have been published in two (2) publications distributed to all members during the two (2) months preceding the meeting at which the vote on the amendments will be held.
Comments about our Constitution, Bylaws, and leadership job descriptions may be sent to [email protected].
Programs We Support
The Jefferson Music Department hosts a wide variety of musical opportunities for its students, including four concert bands, two jazz ensembles, marching band, two orchestras, three choirs, three levels of guitar, two levels of Garage Band (Apple), a piano lab, and a songwriters workshop.
As a means to provide each student with the opportunity to develop their musical potential to its fullest, the Jefferson Band Program adopts a comprehensive approach to music education, which includes a well-balanced curriculum of large ensemble and chamber performances, solo performances, studies in music theory (including an AP track), cultural and historical perspectives, and the continuous evaluation of progress.
The Jefferson Bands maintain a long tradition of performance travel and have toured internationally on an every-other-year basis since the school’s inception in 1970. The Jefferson concert bands have toured Japan, Spain, Norway, Africa, England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Canada, The Dominican Republic, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. In the spring of 2018, the Wind Ensemble will return to Ireland for a second time.
There are four ability-based bands at Jefferson High School – Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band.
Band placement is determined by audition assessment, registration, and the overall instrumentation needs of each group. High school band students are involved in a diverse and comprehensive curriculum. Opportunities are provided for each student to perform, create, analyze, and listen to a wide spectrum of historically and culturally significant music.
Bloomington instrumental music programs focus on fostering and developing a life-long appreciation, understanding, and love for music as a means of self-expression and self-discipline. Daily rehearsals will include a well-balanced curriculum of large and small group performances, solo performance opportunities, studies in music theory, musical terminology, cultural and historical perspectives, and continuous evaluation of progress.
The Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band is unlike anything you will ever do, and it is awesome!
The Jefferson Marching Band marches a high-stepping style known as the “Big Ten” style of marching. It is noticeably different, more complicated, and much more exciting than the common ‘corps’ style of marching.
The JHS band also marches a new and unique half time show for each home football game, learning a new show in 1-2 weeks of rehearsal, including memorizing all music, while many marching bands only perform one show their entire season. Go Jags!
JHS Marching Band members consist of students in 8th to 12th grade in Bloomington Public Schools. Musicians must be enrolled in the band or orchestra programs at their respective school. Signing up is easy. In the spring, information will be sent home with the kids and out to the parents. Simply fill out the form and send in to the JHS Bands.
Mid-summer, you will start receiving information on practice and performance schedules, fees, and everything else you will need to know to step off on the right foot to have fun.
Orchestra students can also be in the marching band by playing a woodwind or brass instrument, or play bells in the marching band. Orchestra students can contact Director Dan Fretland with questions.
Scholarships are available for the Jefferson H.S. Marching Band through the Jefferson Band Booster Club so that all kids may enjoy the excitement of the band!
The Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band has been part of JHS since the fall of 1970 when the school first opened. Most recently the marching band has performed in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Holiday Bowl & Outback Bowl Parades & Halftime Shows, the Hollywood Christmas & Waikiki Holiday Parades, & the Pearl Harbor Museum & Visitor Center.
The Jefferson Flag Corps welcomes students in 8-12 grades from all Bloomington middle and high schools. No experience is necessary, we will teach you!
The JHS Flag Corps is a fall activity, performing with the Jefferson Marching Band. Once marching band season begins, we practice with the marching band and perform at all of the home football games, football kickoff, the State Fair, and in the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade. The season ends with the Marching Band Indoors Concerts typically in late October. We also travel with the marching band on its bi-annual trip.
Tryouts are held in the spring, followed by weekly practices Thursday afternoons. In the summer, practices are held on Tuesday evenings (with optional Thursday evenings) each week with the exception of the 4th of July week.
Beginning in August, we will have practice each night Monday through Friday. The Flag Corps also participates in a summer camp at JHS to improve our skills and performance in July. The Jefferson Band Booster Club covers the cost of this camp for the group.
Fees include MSHSL fees. Other uniform parts vary depending on the year and quantity ordered. We also have a couple of car washes during the summer to raise money to purchase flag corps jackets. These are held the 3rd Saturday in June and August.
Scholarships are available for the JHS Flag Corps and Marching Band through the Jefferson Band Booster Club so that all students who are interested can participate. Flags is a great way to make new friends, learn a new skill, and learn discipline. Practices are meant to learn a lot while also having fun.
- Big Band – meets on Tuesday and Thursdays and is directed by Mr. Fretland.
- Jazz Collective – meets on Monday and Wednesdays and is directed by Mr. Levine.
As a member of the Jazz Band, you commit to attending all rehearsals and performances. Jazz Band is a fun, educational, and exciting opportunity to study and perform America’s unique musical art-form. Students in all jazz bands perform a variety of styles (swing, rock, funk, Latin, ballad, etc…) and are exposed to the fun and personal expression of creating their own music via jazz improvisation.
The Jefferson Pep Band provides entertainment and school spirit at a number of home games for girls hockey, girls basketball, boys hockey, and boys basketball teams. See the calendar for specifics.
The Jefferson Pep Band is open to all band students at Jefferson High School. Music is provided at the event. Boys and girls hockey games are played at the Bloomington Ice Gardens (BIG).