JET Band Booster Blast 5/19/20

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at our virtual banquet:

  • Semper Fi Award– Rebecca Bailey
  • John Philip Sousa Award – Patrick Abel
  • Director’s Award – Emmie Siebert
  • Outstanding Woodwind Performer – Angela Guan
  • Outstanding Brass Performer – Shelby Burton
  • Outstanding Percussion Performer – Austin Brown
  • Outstanding Jazz Performer – David Peraza
  • Outstanding JV Performer – Haden Neilson
  • Outstanding Cadet Performer – Madison Hungerford
  • Outstanding Concert Performer – Kendall Reese
  • Outstanding Symphonic Performer – Kayla Kaculi
  • Outstanding Wind Ensemble Performer – Carolina Soares
  • Outstanding Color Guard Performer – Abigail Bolding

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
James E. Taylor High School

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

We have come to the end of the 2019-20 school year!  I would like to take a moment to give one more heartfelt Thank You to the students, staff, and parents who have made this a great year for the JET Band and Color Guard program despite the challenges that we have faced.  We wish all the best to our graduating seniors and senior parents!

During our virtual band banquet, we recognized the following volunteers for their significant contribution over the past year.

Volunteer Recognition Award

Freshman & Sophomore Parents

Over 100 volunteer hours individually or 150 as a couple, Team Leaders and Board Members

  • Nichele Adeogun
  • Jennifer & Kevin Angel
  • Henry & Sandra Arellano
  • Adam & Jen Compton
  • Mariella de Barros Barreto
  • Michael & Tiffany Gettleman
  • Sandra Miranda & Andre Soares
  • Tom Moutoux
  • Cory & Tiffany Mullin
  • Misty Scharff
  • Jeeda Srouji
  • Lisa White

Silver T Award

Junior & Senior* Parents

Over 100 volunteer hours individually or 150 as a couple, Team Leaders and Board Members

  • Suzi Byrd *
  • Eric & Shelly Cox
  • Melissa & Stephen Crowder
  • Christine Gosnell *
  • Josie & Dwayne Hungerford
  • Francyne & Will Kennedy
  • Chris Loper
  • Jay Reese *
  • Debra Siebert *
  • Maria Singleterry *
  • Bill Ulrich
  • Igohor & Isabel Urquieta
  • Gary Zupke

Previous Silver T Award Honorees

  • Kristin & Chris Abel *
  • Christy & David Bailey *
  • Darcie Bane *
  • Courtney Barrett *
  • Laura & Luke Bolding *
  • Gene & Leslie Britton *
  • Alan Corbin
  • Jim Cossette *
  • Holly & Matt Estes
  • Amy & Kent Fowler
  • Janet & CJ Hattier *
  • Dian Holson *
  • Melanie Jensen *
  • Liz Laconis
  • Shakira Luna
  • Elizabeth Meservey
  • Sharon Mitchell
  • Alejandra Paez Moreira *
  • Karensa Murdick *
  • Jenny Singson
  • Angie Steinhauer *
  • Gloria & Byron Thompson *
  • Jeanne & Andrew Wheat

We have reduced the number of Band Blasts over the past couple of months in an attempt to not add to the Inbox clutter that has inundated us all during quarantine.  Over the next few weeks, we will take our annual pause to regroup and reset for the coming new marching season.  You can expect a return to weekly band blasts as we start ramping up again in the beginning of July.  In the meantime, there may be occasional emails to notify you of specific news items.  We will continue to post important info in the JET Band Boosters Facebook Group as well, so make sure that you have joined.

Have a fantastic summer!

New Parent Meeting

We would love to welcome students and parents who are new to the JET Band and Color Guard!  Join us tonight at 7pm for an overview of the program and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Volunteer Needs

We use the Helper Helper app to manage volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Please visit 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 don’t worry if you don’t receive your password right away over the summer!  We will be doing a major update in June.

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).

We have several volunteer leadership positions that need to be filled for the coming year.  If you are interested in leading a team or being an event coordinator, please complete the New Leader Interest Form:

Click here for the New Leader Interest Form


With the end of the school year approaching, and the kids not going back to school, delivering teacher gifts or graduation gifts might seem difficult.  Scrips offers e-gift certificates for many of the vendors they support and you can send the e-gift certificate to the recipient’s email.  You are able to tell them Thank You for all they have done this year or Congratulations to someone that you care about with a gift card attached.  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 expenses.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fowler .

Spirit Wear

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own at any time through our Squadlocker shops for delivery directly to your home!

We will have group ordering available for our spirit tee shirts and parent polo shirts through our JET Band Shop starting soon.

Important Dates

  • New Parent Meeting – May 19th, 7pm
  • Parent Kickoff Meeting- July 14th, 7pm
  • Money Days – July 29th and 30th


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!

Play on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
JET Band Booster Organization