JET Band Booster Blast 3/4/19

Message from Mike Ary, Director of Bands

Thank you to everyone that volunteered at the mattress sale and to those of you that helped refer customers. While we came short of our goal, we still sold quite a few mattresses and will make a great profit on such an easy fundraiser.

This past Saturday was the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest; we had 19 woodwind solos, 12 brass solos, 1 woodwind quarter, and 1 brass quartet make a 1.  If your student got a first division on a memorized class 1 solo or a first division on a class 1 ensemble and wishes to perform at the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin on either June 1,2 or 3rd, they need to let Mr. Ary know this week so we can enter them into the contest. You will be responsible for paying for the entry fee ($20 per solo and $10 per ensemble member PLUS there is a $25 licensing fee), paying for your accompanist (and they will probably charge you a lot for their transportation to and from Austin), and providing your own transportation.  Katy ISD is no longer paying for TSSEC or providing any transportation.  Instead we will once again have the Katy Young Artist Competition on May 18.  We HIGHLY recommend that you chose KYAC over TSSEC since it’ll be here in Katy, way cheaper, and way easier to figure out. More details on how to sign-up for KYAC will be forthcoming.

The Symphony Orchestra (which features 32 of our top band students and Mr. Ary as a co-conductor) has our UIL Concert & Sight-Reading tomorrow at 3:15pm at Tompkins High School.

I hope everyone has a great Spring Break. Please remind your student to take their instrument and music home over the break. Even if you are traveling, they can study the music, finger through their parts, buzz mouthpieces, etc.  When we get back from the break we only have 8 classes until our pre-UIL concert on March 28th. 

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

Message from Spencer Bennett, Band Booster President

Our mattress fundraiser was great!  Thank you so much for all the parents who showed up and volunteered their time to help the band!

Also, congratulations to the Indoor Percussion!  They placed 3rd overall and 1st in music!  Completely Awesome!

Important Dates to remember

NEW! Band Yearbook!

Band Yearbook Ad Space for sale! Deadline extended to March 8th! Honor your child or advertise your business. NEW 1/8 page ad space (business card size) for only $30. Follow the link for pricing at Yearbook Ad form.  Or click here to purchase a yearbook ad online.

Order your yearbook today! Click here to download the Yearbook Order Form. Or click here to purchase your yearbook copy online. Deadline to order is April 1st. Yearbooks will be distributed at the Band Banquet.

Have great photos to share for the yearbook?

Share them with the yearbook staff at either of these two locations below.  Please send photos that are clear and of high resolution.  We cannot guarantee your photos will be used, but we’d love to view what anyone has to offer.

Parent Band Concert!

Come on parents!  The more the merrier!  Let’s make this parent concert one to remember! 

Crustacean Ball

The Crustacean Ball is on March 30th from 7-9 pm.  If you would like to help with soliciting dessert donations contact Elizabeth Bucher at  Follow the link for the flyer and ticket sales: Crustacean Ball tickets.

Mulch Fundraiser

Thanks for supporting Percussion’s fundraiser! Pickup of orders can be done this Friday (March 8th), 2:35-5:00pm, or Saturday 12:00-1:00pm.  Otherwise they need to schedule delivery or wait until after Spring Break to pick it up.

Volunteer Hours

Don’t forget to continue to track your volunteer hours!  Please forward all hours to


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Vintage and State Band Shirts still available for purchase

Please follow the link on what shirts and sizes are available from past marching seasons.  First come, first serve.  Click here for a list of the available items and prices.  

I’m here for any questions.  Email me at

Play On….

Spencer Bennett
JET Band Booster Organization