JET Band Booster Blast 2/9/21

 Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

If your student made the TMEA Region 23 Honor Band, you may have heard them mention that we were working on creating a Katy ISD Honor Band since the TMEA organization has decided that they will not host any in-person events through at least June. This KISD Honor Band has been cancelled.

Due to the decision of TMEA of “no live” events we will not be able to offer the supplemental event of a district honor band clinic/concert this semester.  Furthermore, we are unable to use the TMEA audition results for the purpose of creating a district local “live” event.   Click here for the official TMEA notification.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org
281.237.9268


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Please join us for our February general booster meeting Tuesday, February 9th at 7pm.  Zoom info will be posted in the Facebook group and on Helper Helper.  We have a few upcoming events to discuss, including our garage sale item drop off and the mulch fundraiser.  Winter guard season is also moving full speed ahead.  If you own a small business or know someone who does, please look into advertising that business through their T-Shirt Fundraiser  Any winter guard member or parent can provide more information.  Click here for the fundraiser flyer. Hope to see you on Zoom for our monthly meeting!

Yearbook

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

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 yearbook@jetband.org.

Click here to make a purchase. 

Seniors!

Attention Seniors/Parents: For the yearbook, please send one junior high and one current photo as pictured above. Email them to yearbook@jetband.org by Feb. 26th.

Auction/ Garage Sale Items

In lieu of our garage sale this year, we had hoped to hold on online auction in the early spring. Unfortunately, we do not yet have a volunteer to coordinate this fundraiser. We are still looking for good quality items to be donated.  This year, rather than quantity, we are going for quality!  If we do not hold an auction this year, we will hold onto the best items that we collect for a garage sale next year.  

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. We still have a couple of events coming up this year (including our band banquet) where we can raffle items off to raise some money for the program and give your business some great positive advertising with our band family. Please send any questions or comments to president@jetband.org.  

Have an item that you are ready to drop off now? Bring it to Fry Road Self Storage at 926 South Fry Rd this Saturday, February 13th from 2-4pm.  Please keep in mind that we are limited in what we can take this year due to pandemic precautions and limited storage space, so please sort your items with care.  We hope that you understand if we are forced to politely turn away items that would not be good candidates for an online auction or that we are unable to store for potentially several months. 

If you are able to help, please see Helper Helper for volunteer slots this Saturday to help with reorganizing our storage units and accepting donation drop offs this weekend.

Mulch Fundraiser

It’s almost spring!  That means sprucing up the garden and landscaping.  Help support the band and accomplish your garden goals by ordering your mulch from the JET Band.  We will start taking orders this Friday, February 12th on the JET Band website.  Options include mulch only to be picked up or mulch with delivery and installation by our fantastic team of volunteers. 

Speaking of volunteers- we will need help with customer pick up orders, and manpower and trucks for the delivery and installation.  Ordering will take place online only through the beginning of March.  Order pickup will be the Friday and Saturday of the first weekend of Spring Break.  Delivery and installation orders will be taken care of that Saturday, March 13th.  Mark your calendars and check Helper Helper over the next several days.  Those opportunities will be posted this weekend.

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.  

This year we’ll be doing something a little different.  On March 23rd at 6pm, we will have a Leadership Interest Meeting on Zoom to provide additional information and answer questions for anyone who might be thinking of stepping up into a coordinator or leadership position.  We will follow up in April and May with a couple more strategic training and planning sessions to help ease the transition from current coordinators to new leaders.

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 for next year 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. Get set up now and use the rebate earnings to start saving for next year’s fees!

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
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

  • Feb. 9 — General Booster Mtg, 7pm
  • Feb. 13 — Garage Sale Drop Off, 2-4pm
  • Feb. 12 – Mar. 5 — Mulch Fundraiser Order-Taking 
  • Mar. 12 & 13 — Mulch Fundraiser Order Pick Up   
  • Mar. 13 — Mulch Fundraiser Delivery & Installation


Play on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
President
JET Band Booster Organization