JET Band Booster Blast 5/20/19

Message from Mike Ary, Director of Bands

I hope everyone is excited to have a great, relaxing summer. In preparation for next fall’s marching show, we are offering a couple optional sessions that will help your student be better prepared for the marching season. 

One is our Summer CrossFit sessions. We started this last year and the students that participated really enjoyed it and were in great shape to hit the ground running (literally) when we started back up in late July. These sessions will help your student be in better shape, have the physical skills and coordination necessary to be an excellent marcher, be acclimated to our wonderful Texas summer heat and humidity, and bond with their fellow band students. These classes are offered 3 days a week – Tues, Wed, and Thurs from 9:15-10am. We chose this so that the summer weekends are still available for travel and vacations. The classes are offered at the CrossFit GonzStrong box (that’s what we call a gym in CrossFit lingo). Every class is taught by a certified CrossFit trainer. Students can enroll in either the full 8 week camp or for a 4 week camp. There is a $20 discount if you sign up for all 8 weeks. Brooke Gonzalez, the owner, is a former KISD teacher and coach. If you have any questions directly related to this summer camp, you may contact Brooke via the link on the registration page. Click here for more info and to register for CrossFit.

The other summer opportunity we are offering again is the System Blue Leadership Camp hosted by the 18-time world champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps from Concord, CA. This is a great opportunity for our students to work alongside and learn from the best of the best of the best as we are about to head into our own summer marching band camp. Since we are hosting the drum corps, our students get a huge discount on their registration fee. Click here for more information on System Blue camp.

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

Message from Spencer Bennett, Band Booster President

Concerts last week were AWESOME!  Incredibly talented students that always exceed  expectations.  Super proud of all our students and parents!

We still have yearbooks for sale.  Click here to print the order form and turn it in the Band Hall safe, or go to Order your yearbook online.  Deadline for orders is 22nd of May.

On a serious note, we need all late Band Banquet tickets paid.  Please make payment to the Band Hall safe ASAP.

Important Dates to remember

  • May 23rd – Last Day of School!

Helper Helper

To reaffirm, we are introducing a new way to communicate volunteer opportunities and track volunteer hours worked throughout the year.  We will be using the Helper Helper platform which provides a website and mobile app for accessing opportunities and streamlines the signup process when volunteering.  To get started, we need each student and parent to register at the following link: Click here. 

There are 3 steps:

  1. Select your class year team (Parent for each year that you have a student in or if a student, just the Student year that you are in)
  2. Choose your section (Parents choose each section that you have a child in)
  3. Select the volunteer opportunities that you are interested in (Choose as many as you would like, this is not a binding agreement, simply an indication of interest)

That’s it!  Should take just a few minutes.  Send any questions to Shakira Luna at


Please join the JET Band Booster Facebook page to stay on top of all current and upcoming events. Click here to view the Facebook page.  

Graduating Seniors Gear

If you have a graduating Senior and don’t know what to do with their band gear – donate it back to the Band!  All incoming Freshmen and upper classmen will be in need of gear this next season.  Just bring whatever gear you have and put in the donation box in the Band Hall.  It will be much appreciated!

Volunteer Hours

All volunteer hours are due Monday the 20th of May.  Please forward your hours to Angie at

Activity Fee 2019-2020

Activity fee for next season is listed below. Online payment link will be available on the website this week.

Let me know if anyone has any questions.  Email me at

Play On….

Spencer Bennett
JET Band Booster Organization