JET Band Booster Blast 3/29/21

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

If you haven’t already begun to feel it, the whirlwind that is the end of the school year is here.  Between now and the end of the school year, the calendar is packed.  Below I’m going to highlight items that are either performances or affect our daily class schedule. As you will see there is only 1 weeks left that has a normal 5 consecutive days of in-class learning for all of our students.

Click here to download the calendar

Pre-UIL Concert:  Tuesday, April 6th is our pre-UIL concert for students in the Concert Band (1st period), Symphonic Band (4th period), and Wind Ensemble (3rd period).  Attire for this concert (and for UIL later in April) is “Sunday best” – most of the boys will wear slacks, dress shirt and tie; most girls will wear a dress; we just ask that the student try to avoid wearing jeans.

Because we will not have played together as an ensemble since class on Thursday, we are structuring this concert a bit differently.  The Concert Band will start on stage at 6pm, the Symphonic at 7pm, and the Wind Ensemble at 8pm.  Each ensemble will start with a warm-up/ fundamentals session, then we will have an open rehearsal over the music just like we do daily in class, then towards the end of our hour we will perform the music in preparation for UIL.  I encourage the families of the students on stage to join us for the full hour.  Come see and hear what you student does every day in class and then hear the culminating performance.

KISD safety protocols now have indoor facilities at 75% capacity for spectators.  We have been instructed to ask our families to leave at least one empty seat between parties.  To help us allow the families of the students on stage to safely enjoy their student’s performance, we ask that our families only be in the audience for their student’s hour (Concert Band 6-7pm, Symphonic Band 7-8pm, Wind Ensemble 8-9pm).

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
281.237.9268
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Congratulations to our Varsity winter guard on their second place finish in the TCGC contest at Clear Creek last weekend!  Auditions for next year’s color guard begin on April 20th. Contact the color guard director, Thomas Wooldridge at Thomas.EWooldridge@gmail.com.  The booster board is gearing up for next year as well.  If you are interested in learning how to be involved, please keep an eye on your email.  A list of our open positions will be sent out in the next week or so.

If you are an incoming freshman parent, welcome!  Send an email to blast@jetband.org to be added to the list to receive these email blasts in your inbox.  We will be sharing information specifically for new students later in the spring.

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.

If you have a senior or have purchased an ad, for the yearbook, get those images turned in!  The final, hard deadline is April 2nd.

For questions and to inquire on personal or business ads, email yearbook@jetband.org.

Click here to make a purchase.

Seniors!

The JET Band Boosters will be offering ten $750 scholarships to graduation seniors this year. Please complete your application, scan and email it along with your essay to Mr. Ary by the deadline on April 12th. Click here to download the Scholarship Application Form.

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 Placed             Estimated Delivery Date

April 26th                      April 30th

May 24th                      May 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

Click here: Calendar for the remaining school year

  • April 13 — General Booster Meeting, 7pm  


Play on and stay safe,

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