JET Band Booster Blast 11/26/18

Message from Mike Ary, Director of Bands

Now that football season is over, we can shift all of our focus on our upcoming concert and Holiday March-A-Thon.  Because our percussionists are in their own classes separate from the concert band classes, we have to have after-school rehearsals to combine the winds and percussion for this December 10th concert.  Times for these rehearsals are posted on the Charms calendar.

Students that signed up for Region Band auditions have those auditions coming up this weekend at Paetow HS.  More details will be available later this week when the Region communicates the times to us.

All wind players will have their 2nd semester placement auditions December 11-14 during classes.  They must have the freshmen cut of all 3 Region pieces prepared for this audition.  They were introduced to this music back in late July when we had our masterclass teachers working with each section.  If your student hasn’t been working on this music, they should be.

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

Message from Spencer Bennett, Band Booster President

I need to make a correction to last week’s Blast.  I failed to mention the awesome marching uniform volunteers Christine Gosnell and Kristin Cossette and the amazing students that help coordinate uniform distribution.  Thank you, thank you for all of your hard work this marching season!  I apologize for the oversight!

Important Dates to remember

  • November 30th – Region Band Auditions @ Paetow HS
  • December 3rd – Spirit Night at 1000 Degree Pizza, 5pm – 9pm
    > Come support and don’t forget to mention JET Band!
  • December 4th – Holiday MAT Jingle Tour meeting to go over setup and itinerary – I know, short notice!
  • December 5th – Spirit Night at La Finca on Mason.  Bring your family and friends and don’t forget to mention JET Band!
  • December 10th – JET Band Jingle @ PAC
  • December 12th – THSSO Concert @ PAC
  • December 15th – JET Band Jingle Tour 2-4pm in GreenTrails Subdivision
  • December 15th – Bennett Booster Christmas Party 7pm, BYOB & Pot Luck (please RSVP)
  • December 16th – Garage Sale Drop-off (Garage Sale details)
  • December 24th thru Jan 7th – Winter break!
  • January 16th – Spirit Night at iRace, 6pm – 9pm
    > Come support and don’t forget to mention JET Band!

Concert Uniform Fittings

Fittings will be done next week after school (times posted soon) Upperclass boys will be gear checked for tux items during their fitting. Please make sure that they have all 3 items when they come in.  Every student will need their garment bag for concert uniform fittings.

Concert Uniform Purchase for Boys!

All boys are required to have a Tux Shirt/Tie/Cummerbund from Al’s Formal Wear for the Concert Season.  **IF YOU ARE A NEW (MALE) STUDENT, please go to Al’s formal wear on or before December 4th to have your child fitted for their Tux Shirt.  Al’s may have to order your size if they are out of stock. We need to ensure your child has their full uniform in time.  *If you are an upperclassman and missing pieces, they may be purchased separately and directly at Al’s.  *To get the $29 special pricing for the set of 3, you must tell them you are with Taylor Band.

PAYMENT is $29 and is due on December 4th and should be put in the BAND SAFE, checks made to JET BAND BOOSTERS.  We will deliver the tux sets during class once they are in.

If you are unsure if you paid online via Charms at the beginning of the school year for your tux set, please email

Don’t forget to be sized by December 4th at Al’s!

Al’s Formal Wear
19859 Katy Fwy a, Houston, TX 77094
(strip center in front of Lowe’s)

If you have any questions, email

JET Band Jingle Tour

Just when you thought marching season was over, the JET Band and Color Guard has one more event!

The first ever JET Band Jingle Tour!  The JET Band will march in Green Trails on Saturday, December 15th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, ending with a holiday concert in Crescent Green Park, including refreshments and pictures with Santa!  Follow this link to map and the order/request form to donate to the JET Band by purchasing a Jingle Stop of holiday tunes and/or a Color Guard performance.  Planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday 7pm in the band hall.

Ugly sweaters unite and decorated instruments are a must!

JET Band Jingle Raffle

Raffle items needed!  In connection with the JET Jingle concert on December 10th, the JET Band Boosters will be holding a raffle to raise funds for the band and color guard.   If you are interested in donating an item to the raffle, please e-mail Kristin Abel at

Support Project Grad Holiday Home Tour

Message from Claudia Tucci, Project Grad President

SENIOR PARENTS – Please come out and Support one of our biggest Fundraisers for Project Grad!!  Holiday Home Tour!  Home tour needs volunteers please follow the link to sign up:

Also, every Monday is Minuti Monday so stop by for a cup a coffee or tea and mention Taylor High School Project Grad!!!!

Don’t forget to visit the 2019 Project Grad FB page and website:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tucci at

Spirit Wear

If you ordered a STATE shirt and haven’t picked it up yet, it’s probably in the Band Hall labeled with your name.

Concert Programs and Ads

Reminder to be thinking about placing an ad in the Concert Program for your student.  More details to follow soon.

New! Memory Book coming in Spring!

We are currently in the works of JET BAND making its own Memory Book/Yearbook for our 2018-2019 season! It will be anywhere from 50-75 pages off all band and color guard students and events.  More information will come out in the next couple months so please keep an eye out for it.  We hope to have every band and color guard student in the book while highlighting all the events, concerts, and contest for the fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in being part of putting the yearbook together, please contact Sharon Mitchell

From the Treasurer

Be sure to check your Charms account for any balances before the Hold’s List is sent to the front office.  If you have any balance on your account, your child’s mid-terms exam exemptions will be put on hold until  the account is paid off.

You can access the Charms link off  Sign in by school jetaylorband, then your child’s student ID or password they created.

If you cannot access your child’s Charms account, please email

Committee Members

Remember, for any purchases made for JET Band, you must use our Tax Exempt form.  You will not be reimbursed for sales tax.  If you need any purchases made from Sam’s, please contact to get our exemption.


Any questions let me know!

Play On….

Spencer Bennett
JET Band Booster Organization