JET Band Booster Blast 7/20/20

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

During tonight’s Zoom meeting, I will be going over the UIL guidelines we have in place to keep our students as safe as possible while they are on campus. I will try to answer many of the questions you have, but please understand guidelines are changing every few days so we are chasing a moving target. Color Guard started today and percussion will start tomorrow. Those sections are a bit more manageable because of their size. Trying to figure out how to accommodate all the woodwind and brass students is a bit more challenging. We are working on creating a schedule that will work within our guidelines.

If your student still has not had their Physical, that must be done. If your student is returning, you only have to complete the first page which is the medical history. If your student has had medical changes OR is new to the program, the second page must be completed by a physician. Katy ISD and UIL require to have a physical on file for all students to participate in band. Click here for the Physicals Form.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Welcome to the 2020-21 JET Band marching season!  Who would have imagined that we would still find ourselves in the grip of a global pandemic?  I hope that we are all doing everything that we can to be safe and take care of ourselves and our families.  Summer band will begin next week (fingers crossed) and we will do what we can to ensure that the students have the best experience that can be provided given the circumstances. 

That said, the next few weeks will be very different from what we have come to expect for summer band.  In the parent meeting tonight, we will discuss some of the ways that volunteering will need to change in order to support our kids.  Please be patient and flexible as we are all figuring things out as we go in a situation that changes every day.  Stay safe!

Parent Meeting

Join us tonight at 7pm for an introduction to the marching season and answers to some frequently asked questions regarding summer band and safety protocols.  Zoom information is posted in the JET Band Boosters Facebook Group.

Activity Fee

Band Activity Fee payments are now being collected.  If we need to make adjustments to the fee based on canceled activities, those adjustments will be made to the last scheduled payment or two in September/October.  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, 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”.

Credit card charges will show as a credit in your ledger until the Activity Fee is officially billed in July/August on your child Charms account.  You will not need to make a Transfer Request for Activity Fee.  Transfer Money Requests can be used for any credits after Activity Fee is paid in full for any other band fees/purchases.

If you haven’t begun making payments, don’t worry.  You can pay in full at any time before October 1st or catch up to the payment plan now.  We ask that all students begin to make payments toward the activity fee as soon as possible so that funds are available for current expenses.

Please email with any 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 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).

Please email if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:

Co-Chairs Needed:

  • JET Fuel- Contest
  • JET Fuel- Game Day
  • Scrips

Coordinators Needed:

  • Judges Hospitality
  • Spirit Items
  • Concert Uniforms
  • Marching Uniforms (Trainee needed!)
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • 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, please email David & Christy Bailey at

Money Day

Money Day will be held virtually this year. Specific details including the links for online gear ordering will be included in next week’s band blast.  In the meantime, please use the paper forms posted in the Facebook group as a checklist and for planning purposes.


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.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fowler .

Spirit Wear

There are two ways to order spirit items- through or through our band and guard SquadLocker shops.  The items on our website are ordered in bulk and delivered at specific announced times.  Place those orders by July 31st in order to receive them before March-A-Thon.  

Order your JET Band and Color Guard gear on your own at any time 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.

Important Dates

  • New Parent Meeting – July 20, 7pm 
  • Color Guard Camp Begins – July 20 
  • Percussion Camp Begins – July 21
  • Summer Band Begins – July 27 
  • Money Days (order gear) – July 29 and 30


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!

March on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
JET Band Booster Organization