JET Band Booster Blast 1/12/21

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Happy New Year!  As we are settling in to the semester, we’ll be making decisions on what exactly this semester will look like. We are trying to see how many students we actually have in-class versus KVA and seeing what our concert band set-ups will look like as we try to maintain safe distances while playing indoors. 

UIL Solo and Ensemble will be coming up soon this semester. The difference this year is instead of us traveling to MRHS and playing there with all the other schools, the judge(s) will come here to Taylor and listen to our students.

UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contest is in April. We are still determining what ensembles we think can/will attend that.

KISD is still trying to figure out a clinic and performance opportunity for all of our students that made the TMEA Region 23 Honor Band.

As we make further decisions about concert band sectionals and full ensemble rehearsals, be on the lookout for updates via the Blast and the Charms calendar.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Welcome to concert and winter guard season! There is still a lot of the band year left.  Band portraits will be taken the week of January 25th.  A special blast will go out with a link to sign up for a time slot after school for students to come in and have their picture taken.  The photos are used for the yearbook and for the large composite photo of the band which is posted in the band hall, so please make sure that your student signs up.  Please join us for our January general booster meeting tonight at 7pm.  Zoom info will be posted in the Facebook group.

Winterguard Fundraiser: Panda Express

Drop by the Panda Express on Mason & Kingsland today, Jan 12th and show this to donate 20% of your order to the JET Guard! Or order online with promo code 319499.

Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are now past due.  Parents have been sent a current statement for all students showing any remaining balance owed.  All students are required to pay the activity fee, regardless of in-person or virtual class attendance.

Access your Charms account to pay via credit card.  Go to, 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”.

Please email with any questions.


Order your band yearbook today! A wonderful keepsake of the band and color guard memories throughout this extraordinary school year! This is a 80+ page full color hard bound book. It will be distributed before school’s out.

Make it even more special and place a personal ad! You can design one yourself or we can make it for you. 

For questions and to inquire on personal or business ads, email

Click here to make a purchase. 

Auction Items

In lieu of our garage sale this year, we will be holding on online auction in the early spring.  We are looking for good quality items to be donated.  This year, rather than quantity, we are going for quality!  Please start thinking about anything that you may have that you would be willing to get rid of.  If you are a business owner or know a small business owner- a donated item, experience, or gift card would be a fantastic way to advertise your business.  Since the auction will be online, we hope to advertise it far beyond the bounds of our JET Band community.  Please send any questions or comments to  Have an item that you are ready to drop off now?  Email to make arrangements.  We will have a couple of scheduled item drop off dates soon.

Volunteer Needs

Please begin to think forward to how you might like to step up to serve the JET Band next year.  If you have been volunteering with a particular group or crew, please ask that coordinator about shadowing them if you are interested in taking on more responsibility.  Now is the time to start gathering information from our graduating senior parents so that we have a smooth transition for next year.

We use the Helper Helper app to manage volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Please visit to register.  Once you receive an email with your temporary password, you will be able to download the Helper Helper app and see open opportunities.  This is a manual process, so you will not receive your password right away.

Every student and parent must register with a unique email address.  The email address will be your username, so if you share an email, you will not have your own account.  We use this system to track membership in the booster organization and track volunteer hours.  It is also a great way for students to keep track of their service hours (great for leadership and scholarship applications).

Here is some additional information on the open positions that are remaining along with contact info for additional questions.  If there is no other contact info provided, please email if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:

Co-Chairs Needed

Scrips  (Help to advertise the Scrips program, assist with orders and recordkeeping, and deliver any physical gift card orders- )

Coordinators Needed

Concert Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms)

Marching Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms, supervise student uniform crew. )  We are still looking for someone willing to be trained to take over this position!

Used Band Gear 

There is a supply of used band gear that is available to anyone who can make use of those items.  If you are in need of band gear or would like to donate, please email David & Christy Bailey at to make arrangements.


Earn money for your student’s Charms account with money that you had planned to spend anyway!  This is a great way to add money to your student’s account through rebates and lessen your out of pocket band/guard expenses.

Scrips for physical gift cards will be ordered according to the following schedule for the year.

Orders will be placed at 8 am on the following dates.

Order PlacedEstimated Delivery Date
January 25thJanaury 29th
February 22ndFebruary 26th
March 22ndMarch 26th
April 26thApril 30th
May 24thMay 28th

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fowler .

Spirit Wear/ Items

While we will not be placing any more bulk orders for spirit clothing at this time, you can order water bottles, clear stadium bags, and sunglasses for quick pick up any time at

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own through our SquadLocker shops for delivery directly to your home!  Those orders are individual and will be shipped to your home directly from the manufacturer.


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

Click here to join the JETCG Facebook group and stay on top of color guard and winter guard information.

Click here to keep following the Taylor Band public Facebook page!

Important Dates

  • Jan 12 – General Booster Mtg, 7pm

Play on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
JET Band Booster Organization