JET Band Booster Blast 3/18/19

Message from Mike Ary, Director of Bands

I hope everyone had a great Spring Break and is ready to hit the ground running.  It’ll be the end of the school year before we know it!

Congratulations to our Varsity Winter Guard on their accomplishment this past weekend at the WGI Southwestern Power Regional in Dallas.  Out of the 46 guards in our classification, we advanced out of the quarterfinals into the semifinals and ended up in 20th place.  This was the first time in several years that our guard competed at this large of a competition.

This coming Saturday is a big day for all 3 of our guards as they compete at the TCGC Area competition at Pearland HS.  The Varsity performs at 12:07, the Cadets at 2:06, and the JV at 4:50. 

The indoor percussion has their last local competition Saturday at Morton Ranch at 2:01pm. 

Next Thursday, March 28 is our pre-UIL concert for the top 4 bands. Please make plans to attend this concert and hear what your student has been working on these past several months.

Saturday March 30 is our annual Crustacean Ball.  If you like shrimp, crawfish, gourmet desserts, and good music, this event is for you.  Please don’t be confused by it being called a “Ball,” dress is very casual. More information and tickets are available on our website.

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

Message from Thomas Wooldridge, Winter Guard Director

This past weekend the Varsity Winterguard traveled to compete in the WGI Southwest Power Regional in Denton, TX. They competed against 46 amazing winterguards from Texas, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and even Hawaii. They advanced to Semi-Finals, scored a 75.99 and received 20th place. This is absolutely amazing for the colorguard program since a Taylor winterguard has not competed in a Power Regional since 2011.

Congratulations Varsity on being a WGI Southwest Power Regional SEMI-FINALIST!

The Staff and I would like to thank all the parents that attended the Power Regional to support the performers! A BIG thank you to Kelly Stroud, Leslie Britton, and Shakira Luna for driving the Winterguard to Denton, TX and Luke and Laura Bolding for hauling our floor and Props! We could not do this without all of your love and support. 

Parents and Friends if you have not seen all three Taylor Winterguards this season, you are in luck!! We will be competing in TCGC Area Championships Saturday March 23rd at Pearland High School.

Performance Times:

  • Varsity: 12:07PM
  • Cadets: 2:06PM
  • Junior Varsity: 4:50PM

Thomas Wooldridge
Winter Guard Director

Message from Spencer Bennett, Band Booster President:

Congratulations to our Varsity Winter Guard for their 20th place finish.  Many thanks to all the parent volunteers for their support!

Still a busy couple months full of activities… 

Important Dates to remember

  • March 23rd – Indoor Percussion @ Morton Ranch HS
  • March 23rd – Winter Guard @ Pearland HS
  • March 24th – Garage Sale Drop-off 3-5pm
  • March 25th – Spirit Night at Chipotle
  • March 26th – Parent Band practice, Band Hall 7-8pm
  • March 28th – Pre-UIL Band Concert, 7pm in the PAC
  • March 30th – Crustacean Ball (Crustacean Ball tickets
  • April 2nd-3rd – UIL Music Region 23 Junior High Competition
  • April 6th – Garage Sale in the Band Hall at 8am-2pm
  • April 8th – Spirit Night at Jimmy Changa’s
  • April 9th – General Booster Meeting
  • May 6th – Spirit Night at Jimmy Changa’s

Order your Band Yearbook!

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.  First distribution of the Yearbooks will be available at the Band Banquet.

SENIORS – We need a Band Junior High Picture holding your instrument and/or in your band uniform.  We would also like a senior photo with or without your instrument to show how much they have changed in just four years.  Please email as soon as possible to smith1170@alol.comor you may put your pictures in an envelope and drop into band safe.  They will be returned.  

Crustacean Ball

The Crustacean Ball is 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.

Volunteers needed for the Junior High UIL Event

Our next big event for volunteers will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2nd and 3rdrespectively.  Taylor HS hosts the Region UIL non-varsity Jr. High Concert/Sight Reading contest.  This is a two day event and requires parent and student support on both days from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  Please click on the Sign Up Genius link that follows to offer your time.  These are not difficult positions to man but they require our attention! 

Volunteer Sign-Up

Parent Band Concert!

Parents, our first practice is next Tuesday on March 26th, 7-8pm in the Band Hall.  There is still time for you to be a member of the very first JET Parent Band!  Email me to join at

Volunteer Hours

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

Band Shirts still available for purchase

Please follow the link on what shirts and sizes are available from state and 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