JET Band Booster Blast 7/27/20

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Reminder: no band camp this week (July 27). Earlier this past week when KISD declared we are starting online and when UIL pushed our calendar back, we decided to delay our start. At that time we thought we were going to start on August 3. As everyone is aware, Friday a Harris County mandate came out that said schools could not start in person any sooner than September 7 and that no student activities could occur until in-person can resume. I have not heard any from KISD since that mandate was signed. I’m sure more information will be coming this week. Stay tuned to these Blasts, follow the booster club group if you are on Facebook, and be sure to sign up for our Remind texts.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
James E. Taylor High School

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

With everything on hold as far as summer band is concerned, we will hold off on our plans for Money Day etc. until we have further information.  As Mr. Ary mentioned, please stay tuned to all of the various methods of communication for any updates.  

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 – 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 as soon as we have details worked out for how we are able to proceed.  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. 

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.


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