JET Band Booster Blast 8/3/20

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am I will be live on the band’s Facebook page to talk about our season, our current plans, our online learning opportunities between now and the first day of school, and to talk about our annual March-A-Thon fundraiser.  (Click here for Facebook live link) If you can’t watch the video live, it will get uploaded to the page shortly after the live broadcast.

After tomorrow’s Facebook live broadcast, your student’s section leader should contact your student about their first online sectional. The first sectional is just going to be a “hang” where they’ll welcome everyone, get to know each other, answer questions, make sure everyone knows how to access our Dropbox account. If your student doesn’t hear from their section leader by the end of the day tomorrow, please let Mr Ary know at  We may have the wrong contact information for your student.

Then on Thursday or Friday, your student’s section leader is going to host the section’s first online rehearsal.

Monday and Tuesday next week (Aug 10 & 11), we are having in-person marching rehearsals for freshmen and new members from 1-3pm both days. Later this week I will email out reminders of what to bring and our safety protocols and guidelines that are in place.

As we are planning our season and the next several weeks, it will help us to know what our band students have decided about face-to-face learning vs. KVA for the first 6 weeks of school. Please click here to fill out the survey.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
James E. Taylor High School

Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Please be sure to tune in to Mr. Ary’s address tomorrow or watch the replay once it is posted.  We will have our first General Booster Meeting via Zoom next week on Tuesday, August 11th at 7pm.  Our general meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm unless otherwise announced.  The Zoom link will be added to Helper Helper and posted in the Facebook group.

The Helper Helper database was updated this weekend.  If you signed up over the summer, you should have received an email with your temporary password so that you could download the app and sign in. We would go over some tips on how to use HH in our general meeting next week.  We ask that every parent and student register in Helper Helper (with a unique email address for each account) so that you have access to any and all volunteer opportunities and meeting notices as they arrive.  If you need to update your account, simply complete the registration form with your same email address and your new information will be updated.

Students will be gearing up for our March-A-Thon fundraiser this week by setting up our online donation platform with section and individual pages.  We are so excited to be able to take the fundraiser completely online this year!  Our goal is to have all of the student pages set up and reviewed in time for everyone to go live and share at once after the general meeting next week.  The platform is 90% set up, but we want all of the students to be ready and good to go before we go live. We are still fine-tuning some of the back end details this week.

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).

Here is some additional information on the open positions that are remaining along with contact info for additional questions.  If there is no other contact info provided, please email if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:

Co-Chairs Needed

  • JET Fuel – Game Day  (Help serve group meals on football game days and clean up after the meal- )
  • Scrips  (Help to advertise the Scrips program, assist with orders and recordkeeping, and deliver any physical gift card orders- )

Coordinators Needed

  • Spirit Items (Coordinate spirit item ordering and distribution
  • Concert Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms)
  • Marching Uniforms (Measure students for fit and organize distribution of concert uniforms, supervise student uniform crew. )
  • Volunteer Coordinator (Manage the Helper Helper platform, report volunteer hours on a monthly basis, assist executive board and committee chairs with volunteer coordination on major events)

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 a firm date and 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. 

We will be placing the first bulk order for the year on items through the shop for all orders placed through August 15th.  Make sure to get your parent shirt and spirit tee orders in by next week to be included in the first round.

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!

Important Dates

  • Facebook Live with Mr. Ary – August 4th, 10am   
  • Freshman/ New Student Rehearsals – August 10th & 11th, 1-3pm 
  • General Booster Meeting –  August 11th  7pm

March on and stay safe,

Shakira Luna
JET Band Booster Organization