Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands
I hope everyone is recovering from a LONG weekend with little sleep. I am very proud of what all we were able to accomplish over the weekend – three strong performances within 24 hours is no easy task. If you have not seen all the results, we were 10th in both prelims and finals.
This week we have rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. This week is a Thursday night game (Click here for game itinerary). Saturday, we have the Katy Marching Fest (Click here for contest itinerary). We (and all the other KISD schools) technically don’t compete at the KMF since we are the hosts, but the highest scoring KISD school does receive the Superintendent’s Cup and does get to perform in exhibition at the end of Finals.
Director of Bands
Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President
Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked on Friday for the football game and on Saturday for the contest – both directly with our kids and at the stadium to help run the event. Thank you to those of you who have already stepped up to volunteer again this weekend!
Please read the Blast carefully. There are new volunteer opportunities, details about the contest on Saturday, and important information is included about ordering mini mums for senior night.
Please be aware that Student Activity Fees were due by October 1st. Statements have gone out via email in the past several weeks. You can also check your student’s account to confirm the amount owed in Charms at any time. Please send any questions to email@example.com. If you will have difficulty paying the fee in a timely manner, please contact Mr. Ary at MichaelDAry@katyisd.org. 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. Thank you to those of you who have made generous contributions to help students in need.
I hope to see everyone at tonight’s general booster meeting in the band hall at 7pm.
Katy Marching Festival
Prelims: $10.00/Finals $10.00. A combination wristband for both Prelims and Finals can be purchased for $15.00. Children 10 and under are free. Wristbands sales will be at the ticket booth on the west side of Legacy stadium.
The following food will be provided for students:
- Saturday lunch at Taylor in the Main Commons
- Chick-Fi- A Sandwich, chips and cookie
- Gluten, Veggie and Peanut allergies accommodated
- No double for this meal
- Saturday dinner in Rhodes stadium parking lot
- Fuddruckers Burgers, a side and dessert
- Gluten free and Vegetarian meals accommodated
- Double patties for those who purchased doubles
We can accommodate dietary needs if we are told ahead of time.
Please remember to have your student pack additional snacks as they may need more food if we are the top performing band and perform again at the end of the competition.
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 Commitment”. 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. We are requesting parents from specific sections to volunteer for specific events.
Katy Marching Festival – October 12th
Earlier we requested that Woodwind and Percussion parents volunteer for this event. At this point, all of our requested spots are filled. Thank you to those who have already signed up! Sign up link 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. All of the opportunities will be available in Helper Helper on Wednesday, October 9th. Time slots may be adjusted when we receive the final schedule for the day.
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. Because we are accepting volunteers from across the district, we are using a Signup Genius. After the event, please use the “Add Past Commitment” feature to log your hours in Helper Helper. Time slots may be adjusted when we receive the final schedule for the day. Click here for the sign-up link to volunteer.
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 shop.jetband.org 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.
Senior Night Mini Mums
Senior night will be the last football game of the year on November 7th. Order a mini mum honoring your senior starting today! Click here to download the order form, which will also be available at tonight’s general booster meeting. The cost is $30 and orders will be accepted (with full payment) through October 31st. Orders with payment may be turned in to a box in the main office, similar to regular mum sales. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orders for hoodies and show shirts are now closed. All hoodies, whether they were ordered at Money Day or recently, will be delivered this weeks. Contact Melissa Crowder at email@example.com if there are any issues or questions.
Spirit Stores and JET Band Assistance Fund
We 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 www.jetband.org, 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 https://thetaylorhighschoolexperience.shutterfly.com/.
- Oct. 8 – General Booster Meeting, 7pm
- Oct. 10 – Football game vs. Cinco Ranch @ Legacy (away team)
- Oct. 12 – Katy Marching Festival (performing at 4:30pm)
- Oct. 16 – Cosmic Air Spirit Night
- Oct. 18 – Football game vs. Mayde Creek @ Rhodes (away team)
- Oct. 22 – UIL Region Marching Contest
- Oct. 25 – Football game vs. Tompkins @ Rhodes
- Oct. 26 – Cypress Showcase Marching Contest
Click here to join the JET Band Booster Facebook page and to stay on top of all current and upcoming events.
JET Band Booster Organization