JET Band Booster Blast 10/6/20

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

This past Thursday was another successful football game for us. We were able to march and play the front half of our show Elton. I was thinking about where we currently are versus a “normal” year.  Usually our first performance off the “dots” on our parking lot is the annual family social that used to be the “burger bash” then a few years ago it transitioned to the “food truck fest.”  That performance is usually the first Friday of the school year – somewhere around August 20th.  Although the calendar says we are in the first week of October, as far as our progression of a season it feels like the end of August.

This week we rehearse Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  This week’s game is on Saturday (Click here for itinerary).  Saturday’s game will be the first performance in full-uniform.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Thank you so much to all of you who volunteered to make last week another successful one for the band program!  We have a Saturday game this week, so I hope that we have some new faces taking advantage of the opportunity to volunteer or come out to the game to cheer us on as we take the field in full uniform for the first time this season.

Gear will be distributed on Thursday in the main commons after practice.  If you have any remaining questions about gear orders, please email gear@jetband.org .  If you are interested in spirit items such as the hats, water bottles, sunglasses, or clear stadium bags, those can be ordered now on https://shop.jetband.org for pick up on Thursday. 

Invoices have gone out for any remaining amounts owed for the activity fee.  The amount due has been reduced to $550 due to the reduction in our travel expenses this season.  All band and color guard students are required to pay the activity fee, whether they are KVA or a face to face student.  Please email treasurer@jetband.org with any questions or if you require financial assistance.  

Finally, I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of the students, parents, staff, friends, and relatives who helped to spread the word about our MarchAThon fundraiser!  We did not meet our goal, but in the current environment, we were able to raise a considerable amount.  All of those fund help us to meet our financial responsibilities to help fund this program for our students.  We will announce overall winners and prizes at our general booster meeting next week.

Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are now due.  The $100 for BOA has been deducted since that trip has been canceled.  The total fee is now $550.  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 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”.

Please email Treasurer@jetband.org with any questions.

Mums

Please tell your friends about the mum sale and share on social media!  Place your order at this link: tiny.cc/mums2020.  Don’t forget about garters for boys and mini-mums for moms and siblings.  There are take home kits available to order as well as the typical custom-made mums, mini-mums, and garters.

The ordering process will be a little different this year.  You will complete the online order form then receive an invoice via email once your total has been calculated and any questions have been answered.  Production on your order will start once your invoice has been paid in full.  You can pay your invoice with a few clicks online.

Volunteer Needs

We use the Helper Helper app to manage volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Please visit tiny.cc/helpjetband 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 president@jetband.org 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- scrip.cards@jetband.org)

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. Marching.uniforms@jetband.org)

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 chaperones@jetband.org to make arrangements.

Scrips

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
October 26thOctober 30th
November 16thNovember 20th
December 14thDecember 18th
January 25thJanaury 29th
February 22ndFebruary 26th
March 22ndMarch 26th
April 26thApril 30th
May 24thMay 28th

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fowler  amymfowler@sbcglobal.net .

Spirit Wear/ Items

There are two ways to order spirit items – through shop.jetband.org or through our band and guard SquadLocker shops.  The items on our website are ordered in bulk and delivered at specific announced times.  While we will not be placing a bulk order for spirit clothing in the near future, you can order water bottles, clear stadium bags, and sunglasses for quick pick up any time.  Now would be a great time to order for pick up on Thursday!

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own at any time 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.

Facebook

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

Oct 8th Gear & Spirit Item Distribution (Main Commons), 6pm
Oct 10thFootball vs. Morton Ranch (Legacy), 6pm
Oct 13thGeneral Booster Meeting (Zoom), 7pm


March on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
President
JET Band Booster Organization
president@jetband.org