Although the empty classrooms within Jasper ISD won’t see their first students until Monday, August 26th, the football squads and marching band are already hard at work, practicing each day in the heat and humidity.

Head Football Coach Darrell Barbay’s troops have been on the turf each afternoon in 90+ temperatures. The Dawgs are near the top of the 4-A Division II ranks in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, and are believed to be a serious contender to be in Arlington the week before Christmas.

Meanwhile, the band is working just as hard. According to the district’s calendar, the band began practice on Monday and they’re putting in three-and-a-half hours of practice each day, much of it outside in the heat of the afternoon. They’ll continue this grueling pace each weekday through Friday, August 23rd when practice sessions will be shortened by just one hour.

Last year the band scored all 1’s - which is the highest score that can be achieved - in their performance in UIL Area Competition at Port Neches-Groves High School, and that vaulted them to the UIL Regional Competition in Longview.

The football team and band, along with all other athletic teams will be on display on Thursday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m. during the annual Meet the Bulldogs event in the Jasper football stadium.

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