JET Band Booster Blast 10/1/19

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Our first contest of the season went well. We learned some lessons that will have us better prepared for the BOA Houston Regional this weekend. Thank you to all the parents that helped make this past Saturday work. This week we have rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday night we have a football game vs. Seven Lakes. At halftime, we will only perform a movement of the show but then perform the entire show postgame. Saturday, we are back up here by 6am for another marathon day. Please see the attached itineraries for info about the Friday game and Saturday contest.

Michael Ary
Director of Bands

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

We survived our first contest of the season!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked on Friday for the football game and on Saturday for the contest.  Much like the kids, we adults need to rest and hydrate this week so that we are ready to do it again this weekend.  This Saturday will be potentially a longer day, but a little more comfortable because we will be at home.  Please volunteer at the stadium if you can.  It is critical that we are represented along with parents from the other high schools in the district. We want to help make this event a success so that we can continue to host it here in Katy.  Thank you to those of you who have already stepped up to volunteer!

Please be aware that Student Activity Fees are due by today, October 1st.  Statements have gone out via email in the past couple of weeks.  You can also check your student’s account to confirm the amount owed in Charms at any time.  Please send any questions to  If you will have difficulty paying the fee in a timely manner, please contact Mr. Ary at .  Click here for detailed information regarding the JET Band Student Assistant Fund.  If you feel that you will not be able to pay the complete fee or if you are interested in donating to the fund, please read the information carefully.

Band Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are due today, October 1st.  There are two ways to pay:

1. Place your check made out to JET Band Boosters into a sealed envelope, labeled “Student Activity Fee”, with your student’s name. Have your student place the envelope in the safe in the band hall.

2. 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”.

All current payments that have been made towards the activity fee are shown as posted to your student’s account.  The corresponding charge for the activity fee will be posted after school starts.  Please email with any questions.

School-owned Instruments

Each student that uses a school instrument is to pay $80 per year, per instrument.  The fee is an annual fee, regardless of the amount of time that the instrument is used.  Payment can be made via check, made out to KISD along with the Maintenance Fee Agreement form, turned in to the band safe in a labeled envelope.  Payment can also be made through Charms > RevTrak with a 2% processing fee. School code is JETaylorBand

Click here for detailed instructions. For questions, please contact Mr. Cabot at JonathanFCabot@KATYISD.ORG.

BOA Marching Contest

Meal Information

  • Lunch at Taylor:
    • Luby’s spaghetti and meatballs, side salad and dessert of brownie or Rice Krispies
    • Vegetarians will have no meatballs
    • Gluten free diet accommodated
    • No doubles for this meal
  • Dinner in Parking lot at stadium:
    • Which Wich Sandwiches – turkey or ham
    • Doubles will have double meat on the sandwich
    • Vegetarian – black bean or caprese sandwich
    • Gluten free diet accommodated
    • Chips and cookie

Please have your student pack snacks for themselves to go with these meals.

Spectator Information

  • Tickets:
    • Day Pass – $31
    • Prelims – $21
    • Finals – $21
  • Click here to buy your tickets ahead online.
  • Discounts are offered for students, military, and seniors (65+) on-site at the box office only.
  • There is a $5 charge for spectator parking.  Plan to arrive early, there will be lots of traffic.  

Jolesch Enterprises, the Official Photographer of Bands of America Championships, will be on site to capture professional photos of your students in action, as well as the official group and section photos commemorating your 2019 Bands of America Championship appearance. Photos can be ordered on site or online at

All Bands of America Championships will be live streamed. Music for All has partnered with FloMarching, a website dedicated to covering the world of competitive marching bands and the marching arts. If you cannot come to the event, the live stream offers a way you can watch all performances at every Bands of America Championship. Visit to see the monthly and annual subscription options.  An annual FloMarching subscription provides access to year round coverage of Marching Arts including Bands of America, Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International events, all for a single subscription.

2019 Official Bands of America and Music for All Merchandise, including the Commemorative 2019 BOA Championship T-shirts and event souvenirs, will be available for purchase onsite at the BOA souvenir stand and online at

2019 Bands of America Regional Championship Patches will be available for purchase this fall online and at every Regional at the BOA souvenir stand.

Please Read: Volunteer Opportunities

Below are the requests that we have received from the district for volunteers for upcoming marching contests.  Please sign up at the links provided and then add your hours to Helper Helper as a Past Opportunity.  We are following the district procedures rather than using HH directly so that you are connected directly to the organizers for each event.  Please read the requests for each event carefully.  With the exception of BOA (for which we need all hands on deck!) we are requesting parents from specific sections to volunteer for specific events.  

BOA Houston – October 5th

Thank you to the volunteers who have already filled our spots for the concession stand!

Other volunteer shifts at BOA (non-concession stand):
This is the big request.  They are looking for up to 140 volunteers from across the district.  Getting this done is one of the things that will allow us to keep this event in Katy. Obviously, the burden is shared across all of the Katy high schools, but we need to do our part! Click here to sign up for any shift that you are available to help.

Katy Marching Festival- October 12th     

We are requesting that Woodwind and Percussion parents volunteer for this event.  Click here to sign up for KATY MARCHING FESTIVAL ADULT CONCESSIONS

UIL Marching Contest- October 22nd    

We are responsible for concessions and manning the gate at this contest.  This event takes place on a Tuesday.  We are requesting that the Brass sections and Color Guard parents volunteer for this event.  The specific shifts for this will be added to Helper Helper in the next week or so as we get closer and receive more details.  If you are a parent in those sections, please ensure that you are registered for Helper Helper and mark your calendars now.

5A Area Contest – October 26th  

We will not be performing at this event. In fact, the band will be performing at another event.  We are responsible for managing concessions.  Due to the fact that we are coordinating such a critical task, we will need the whole band to pitch in as much as possible.  The specific shifts for this will be added to Helper Helper in the next couple of weeks as we get closer and receive more details.  In the meantime, please ensure that you are registered for Helper Helper and mark your calendars now.

Click here to register for Helper Helper

Parking/ Traffic Plan     

Click here for the traffic plan that we have been asked to follow for student pickup, particularly on performance days when buses and the trailer need to be able to move freely in front of the school.  Please plan ahead and discuss with your child where you will pick them up.

Clear Bag Policy

Click here for the Katy ISD clear bag policy that is in effect at football games this year.  Bags are available to purchase with the T-Band logo in our online shop at  To pay by cash or check, include payment in an envelope labeled with student’s name and quantity requested of sling bags or square stadium bags. We also have water bottles and sunglasses available.

Spirit Wear

Orders for hoodies and show shirts are now closed.  All hoodies, whether they were ordered at Money Day or recently, will be delivered at the same time in the next few weeks.  Show shirts will be delivered soon as well.  There will be a very limited number of extra shirts available for $18 each, first come first served.  Contact Melissa Crowder at if there are any issues or questions.

Band Yearbook

Early bird prices deadline has been extended to this Friday, October 4th! Great deals on personal ad spaces too! Click here to order online. Or click here to download the order form and send your cash/check payment to the band hall.

Yearbook Volunteers: We are meeting on October 8, Tuesday (8-8:30pm) right after the booster meeting (7-8pm). For interest and questions, email Jenny Singson at

Spirit Stores and JET Band Assistance Fund

We now have new spirit wear options available through two new online shops.  Items in these shops will be shipped directly to you rather than being ordered as part of a group.  These shops will be available throughout the year and 5% of each sale will go to the JET Band Student Assistance Fund to help provide for those students who may have a need for help with meeting the expense of participating in band and guard. Generous alumni parents have offered matching funds for donations to the JET Band Student Assistance Fund.  If you’d like to help, you can donate in any amount by check made out to JET Band Boosters, in an envelope labeled “JET Band Assistance Fund”, dropped into the band safe.


Please be aware that you can see the work of our tireless photographers at any time by visiting the Jet Band website.  Photos are added each week.  Visit, click on “Resources”, from the drop down menu click on “Photos”, on the photos page click on “Shutterfly” and enter the password “JETBandstudents” and you are in.  If you click on pictures, you will see each album by title, click on the title and you will have access to all the photos in that album.  The direct link to the Shutterfly site is

Important Dates


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

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

Marching on,

Shakira Luna
JET Band Booster Organization