JET Band Booster Blast 10/15/18

Message from Mike Ary (Director of Bands)

Schedule this week:

  • Monday off
  • Tuesday 3:30-6:15 rehearsal with choreographer Peter Beckhart, music arranger John Meehan, and producer Keith Dunton (please check the weather and dress accordingly)
  • Wednesday 3:30-6:00 rehearsal with Meehan and Dunton
  • Thursday 3:30-6:00 rehearsal with Meehan and Dunton
  • Friday Pep Rally, Early Release, Run-Through Rehearsal, then Homecoming game with a post-game Performance (Itinerary Homecoming game vs Mayde Creek)

Next week is our big UIL week with Region UIL on Tuesday at Legacy and then Area on Saturday at Legacy.  Monday we’ll rehearse 3:30-6, Tuesday’s UIL (UIL Region Itinerary), Wednesday 3:30-6, Thursday football game against Tompkins, Friday rehearsal 3:30-6:15, and then Saturday Area.  We won’t know Saturday’s Area schedule until Wednesday because everyone has to qualify for Area via Region on Tuesday.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
James E. Taylor High School
Katy, TX

Message from Spencer Bennett (Booster Club President)

We are all so very proud of our students who once again put everything they had into their performance.  Thank you to our Directors, Chaperones, Loading Crew, JET Fuel, bus drivers and parents for making this weekend happen.

A quick reminder about parking and pickup when the buses are returning from a game or contest.  Please make sure you stay outside of the coned area in front of the school so that when the buses and trucks/trailers arrive, they have adequate room to maneuver in and unload timely.  Follow the link to the JET Band Traffic Plan for reference.

Important Dates

JET Band Mum Mania continues!

Ready-made mums are now for sale only this week.  Contact Sharon Mitchell at for orders or any questions.

UIL Region and Area Marching Band Concession Stands

On October 23rd and 27th, the UIL Region and Area Marching Contests will be held at Legacy Stadium.  The Taylor HS band is in charge of concessions for both events and will need non-band students and any adults for the day and evening.  Both parent and student volunteers (NHS, FFA, Mustangs Volunteering Proudly, those in need of church or charity league hours, etc.) are asked to sign up for a time slot.  Adults volunteering will be handling money and concession prep. The kids will be fetching food for customers, and helping with set up and clean up. All can stay and watch the shows, before and after their shift.

Please sign up for multiple shifts if you can!  It will be really helpful to have trained workers on hand from one shift to the next, and from one event to the next.  Feel free to pass along the signup links to your friends who may have students in need of volunteer hours.

Our band will benefit greatly from the proceeds of this event, so please help out if you can.  Thanks in advance for your support!

Please contact with any questions.

Large Coolers Needed

We need large coolers to be borrowed for the concession stands on October 23rd and 26th.  If you have a large cooler that you can lend to the JET Band for the week of the 22nd through the weekend of the 26th, please email  The coolers should be dropped off at the band hall (labeled with your name and phone number) on the 22nd at the end of band practice.  We will use your email to plan how many coolers we can expect.  Coolers will be available to be picked up again on Tuesday, October 30th after practice at the latest.  If you are helping with concessions on Saturday, October 26th, you can take your cooler home with you at the end of the night.

Project Grad Donations

THS Project Graduation organizes a safe, alcohol and drug free celebration after the graduation ceremony open to all Taylor High School Class of 2019 graduates.  The JET band has been asked to donate a gift basket and a wreath for auction to raise funds for the event.  As one of the largest organizations on campus, this is a great opportunity to support our seniors!  Gift cards or cash can be left in the band safe clearly labeled “Project Grad Donation” by Thursday, November 1st.  If you would like to help with the creation of either the basket or the wreath, please email Shakira Luna

Trunk or Treat

Mark your calendars – We are having a “Trunk or Treat” for our band kids on Halloween (October 31st).  We will set up at 5:45 near the practice lot.  Come in costume and bring candy to pass out!  When they are dismissed at 6pm they will be able to “Trunk or Treat”.  Don’t worry if you can’t come and want to help, contact Amy Fowler at to make a candy donation.

Holiday March-A-Thon

This new holiday event will be scheduled for December 15th from 2-4:15pm.  We plan to have a holiday theme with marching through Green Trails subdivision and ending at the park with the band playing a few holiday songs, hot chocolate, candy canes, etc.  While marching on the short route, concerts can be purchased and the band will stop and play a holiday song.  We are thinking about having a “Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest”!

If you would like to help with this event, please email Kristen at


Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  Continue to check the website for all information and hope to see you tonight at Fuddruckers. .

March On,

Spencer Bennett
JET Band Booster Organization