New Member FAQs

Welcome to the JET Band! It’s one of the largest organizations on the Taylor HS campus and is full of a great group of students and parents. You are probably wondering about several things regarding the band program, so here are some answers to common questions.

View the latest “New Members Information” presentation — useful for newcomers AND current members as well!

If you still need help not found here, contact our Freshman Mentoring Coordinator, Lisa White at mentor@jetband.org.


Also, encourage your student to ask his/her section leader any questions. The leaders are here to help and guide new students.

Eat breakfast or bring it along with a water jug, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, tennis shoes, music and instrument. A Frog Togg is great for keeping you cool — available at Wal-Mart or Academy.

Daily meals for summer band will be offered by JET Band volunteers for your convenience this summer. Any proceeds will benefit the JET Band Booster Organization.  Payment can be made online via PayPal at shop.jetband.org or to paypal@jetband.org. Or it can be turned in at the Parent Meeting on July 22nd.  All meals must be paid in advance.

To sign up and order meals, click here.

More information will be made available soon.

Please mark your calendars for Money Day which will take place over the two-day period of July 31stand August 1st starting at 5pm each day.  Students are required to attend on one of the days with a parent and show any required gear that they currently own.  If they are missing any required items, orders are placed at that time. Sample gear forms for planning purposes can be seen here for band and for color guard members. Samples will be available to try on for sizing. Forms for students with special dietary needs for game day and contest meals will be available to turn in at that time as well.  We will need volunteers to help with sizing as well as cashiers to check out students.  Those volunteer opportunities will be added to Helper Helper soon.

Used Band Gear Donation Box

We are in need of restocking our used band gear.  The donation box is in the foyer in front of the main office this summer.  Please drop off all donated band items in the box during the day, Monday to Thursday. This includes performance shirts, shorts, gloves, socks, shoes, hoodies, garment bags, duffle bags, water jugs, ponchos, t-shirts, flip folders, lyres, tuners, etc.  If you are in need of band gear, please email David & Christy Bailey at chaperones@jetband.org.

Activity Fee for School Year 2019-2020 is $650.

Charms is where you find all pertinent information the band directors hand out and each student has an account to track money owed and/or credited.

  • Any over payments, refunds, etc. are issued through credit on your child’s account unless otherwise requested. A credit on your child’s account can be used for ANY band related activity throughout the year, including fees, gear, Band Banquet, etc.
  • Any under payments or unpaid fees, large or small, will be put on the ledger as well. It is important to check for debt so that it does not affect your child’s exemptions at the end of the year. Money not paid hurts the band program because the boosters are solely funded by band parents and not by KISD. If you need payment plans for the Activity Fee and Gear Forms. You will need to contact Mr. Ary directly to arrange one
  • We will email monthly balances starting in September. If you are not getting statements, that means we do not have your correct email address. Please send it to us as soon as possible.
  • For questions, contact our Treasurer, Sharon Mitchell at treasurer@jetband.org.

Currently, we have one fundraising option to offset activity expenses – by enrolling in the Scrip Card program. Click here for more details.

  • Band Activity Fee payments are now being collected.  Following the payment schedule, there are two ways to pay over the summer:

    1. Take cash/check to the front office (there is a collection box at the front desk) when it is open, and place in the collection box OR mail to:

    JET Band Boosters 
    ATTN: Treasurer
    20700 Kingsland Blvd
    Katy, TX  77450

    2. Access your Charms account to pay via credit card.  Go to www.jetband.org, click ‘Charms’ option; 

    • The user code will already be entered, then ‘Enter Charms’ to put in your password.  The password will be your child’s ID unless you/your child personally changed the password on the account.  Password resets will not be available until August.
    • Click the red $ icon at top or the Wallet Icon on the bottom.  Your Child’s Misc Financial Ledger will be visible
    • Scroll down and there will be an option to “Make a Misc. Payment”.

    Credit card charges will show as a credit in your ledger until the Activity Fee is officially billed in July/August on your child Charms account.  You will not need to make a Transfer Request for Activity Fee.  Transfer Money Requests can be used for any credits after Activity Fee is paid in full for any other band fees/purchases.

    If you haven’t begun making payments, don’t worry.  You can pay in full at any time before October 1st or catch up to the payment plan now.  We ask that all students begin to make payments toward the activity fee as soon as possible so that funds are available for current expenses.

    Please email Treasurer@jetband.org with any questions.

For games at the Rhodes Stadium or Legacy Stadium, tickets can be bought individually at each game at the gate or in the THS Commons, two days prior to the game at a discounted price (cash or check only). Season tickets cover all games at Rhodes and Legacy. For away games, tickets are available at the gate. Athletic passes are also available and cover all sporting events.

Pep rallies usually occur on Fridays at 10 or 2 in the main gym. Come early & grab a seat in the Commons to watch the band march from the band hall to the gym, then make your way to the gym. Sit high up in the bleachers on the west side with all of the other parents & wear your JET band shirt.

Helper Helper

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.

We need each student and each parent to submit a separate formso that each person has their own access to Helper Helper and we can track volunteer hours individually.

If you are a committee chair, please be aware that the email and cell phone information collected on the form will be used to set up the email forward that is your official contact information for coordinating volunteer responsibilities.

To get started, we need each student and parent to click here to register. The link is easy to access and remember:  tiny.cc/helpjetband

Should take just a few minutes. Please send any questions to volunteer@jetband.org.

If you have already completed your registration form, check your email for directions to download the Helper Helper app.  Your email should contain a temporary password that you will use to log in the first time.

Click here for more information about the Band Booster.

  • Click here to enter Charms, or alternatively:
    • Go to www.charmsoffice.com.
    • Login as a Parent/Student/Member.
    • Enter the school code “JETaylorBand”
  • Enter your child’s Student ID Number in the “Student Area Password” box.
    • If this is your first visit you will also need to create a new password.
    • To reset passwords, please contact the director Mr. Michael Ary.
  • Your child’s balance can be found by clicking “Finances” (wallet icon) or the dollar sign “$” at the top of the page.

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Other helpful tips

  • During marching band season, put all accessories like socks, shorts, performance shirt, gloves, rain poncho & garment bag in the band duffel bag and keep it in the same location so students remember to bring it along with the water jug to school on game day.
  • Percussionists – Make sure your student has ear plugs.

James E. Taylor High School Band and Color Guard