JET Band Booster Blast 11/1/20

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

This week we have rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with a Friday night Homecoming football game.  Friday is a Teacher Professional Development Day/Student Holiday. Friday afternoon we will still have a run-through rehearsal. Friday night, the band will perform postgame since the Homecoming coronation ceremony will take place during halftime of the game.

Thursday afternoon there will be a real, live pep rally at the end of the school day.  KVA students are not allowed on campus before 2:35pm, so only our face-to-face students will be allowed to attend the pep rally. The FTF band students will receive a wristband on Thursday that we get them out of class and on to the Mustang football field for the outdoor pep rally. KVA students will join us at 3:30 for practice.

Noon on Friday, November 13th is the deadline for the Freshmen to enter the 9th Grade Region Band audition process. Click here for the Freshmen Region entry form.  The audition is completely online this year.

The audition upload period will open by 10:00 am CST Saturday, November 14, 2020 and close at 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Starting this week and for the remainder of the season, the woodwind, brass and percussion students are expected to wear a white shirt to all rehearsals. We are struggling with our upper-body facings and carriage during the performance and received many comments about that at our Katy Marching Fest pre-UIL the other night. When one student is wearing blue, the next neon orange, the next red & white stripes, the next black, the next tie-dye, everything ends up being camouflaged and you can’t see the discrepancies student-to-student very well. But when we put on our uniforms and everyone looks alike, the differences are extremely noticeable.  So we need to unify what we look like during practices, as well. 

Many of the top bands already wear white to practices, so it’s our time to do the same.  The shirts don’t have to be plain white shirts, but they do need to be a white shirt. Some graphics and writing is ok as long as the shirt is white – the students’ chest and shoulders are what we need to see the most.  On days that it’s cold students can still layer up and then put the white shirt on top of their sweat shirts. We started announcing this to the students on Wednesday so they should already know about this and be planning on what shirts they can wear to practice. I know in some groups that have gone to unified rehearsal attire, some students have gone out and purchased a 5-pack of Hanes undershirts and other students just pulled white t-shirts out of their closet.

Click here to see a clip of my HS alma mater from a rehearsal of theirs last week so you can see how much more visible students are when they all wear white shirts 

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Thank you to our volunteers for last week’s contest and game.  Please join us on Friday for the Homecoming game at Legacy.  Click here for the itinerary for the game day performance.

We have come to the end of our mum sale.  Thank you to the entire team who pitched in to sell and make mums. Thanks as well to everyone who supported the sale by purchasing mums, garters, and mini-mums or sharing the sale information with your friends.  If you are still in need of a mum, garter or mini-mum, please see below for details on how to order a ready-made item or a take-home kit which you can assemble yourself.

Please also take a moment to read about our basket for Project Grad.  We are in need of many more items to build a good basket.  Thanks so much to those who have already donated!  

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

The deadline to order custom mums has passed.  There are a limited number of Ready-Made mums available to order in the final days with limited customization options available.  Take-home kits are also still available- supplies are provided for you to build your mum, mini-mum, or garter at home.  To order a ready-made or a take-home kit, please send an email with your request to mums@jetband.org.  You will then receive an invoice via email once your total has been calculated and any questions have been answered.  If you are placing an order in these final days, please keep an eye on your email so that you can pay your invoice and receive your item as quickly as possible. 

Project Grad Basket

It’s time to put together our annual contribution to the Project Grad Holiday Home Tour.  This year, the band will be contributing a basket with a holiday gift wrap theme.  The basket will be raffled at the Holiday Home Tour and proceeds will benefit Project Grad which supports our senior class.  There are items in a range of prices from $5.49 to $25.  Please take a look at the list and donate an item if you can.  All items should ship to Shakira Luna for delivery to the Project Grad team.  Email president@jetband.org with any questions or if you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Holiday Home Tour.  Click here for more information.  We need all items by November 15th, so please order as soon as you can.  Thanks for your support!

Click here to see the Amazon wish list.

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)  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 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:

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

Order PlacedEstimated Delivery Date
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

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 https://shop.jetband.org/spirit.

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.

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

Nov 6Homecoming Football Game vs. Cinco Ranch (Legacy), 6:30pm
Nov 10 General Booster Meeting, 7pm
Nov 17UIL Region Contest
Nov 27Senior Night 


March on and stay safe,

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