JET Band Booster Blast 4/13/21

Message from Michael Ary, Director of Bands

Congratulations to our Winter Guards!  This past weekend both groups competed at the TCGC Area Finals at Pearland HS.  The Varsity guard placed 2nd in the Open Classification and was the highest ranked KISD school.  The JV guard placed 6th in the A Classification.  This past weekend the Varsity guard also advanced to the Finals round of the WGI world championships via their virtual performance.  The WGI virtual Finals will take place this weekend.

This week is UIL for the non-varsity bands.   Mr. Cabot’s first period Concert Band performs Thursday at 11am.  Mr. Weingartner’s fourth period Symphonic Band performs Friday at 10am.  Spectators are not allowed at UIL during the school day due to Covid regulations, but we will try to livestream both performances on the band’s Facebook page.  Students in both of these ensembles need to wear their “Sunday best” to school the day of their performance.  We will be back on campus in time for them to eat lunch in the cafeteria and then attend 6th and 7th periods.

The Band Banquet is coming up on Saturday, May 1st.  It is going to be much different than in year’s past. Normally we rent the community room at Legacy stadium, have a catered meal, speeches, slideshows, and the end the evening with a dance.  COVID regulations won’t allow us to have such a large celebration together, so we are thinking outside the box.  By outside the box, I mean we are taking this thing outdoors.  That Saturday evening out on the THS football field we are borrowing Coach Agiannidis’s giant inflatable screen and projecting our usual slideshow and movies onto it.  There will be no food provided. There will be plenty of room for everyone to social distance out on the turf field.  We’ll have a small stage set up for speeches and presentations.  It’s going to be a great celebration to wrap up this crazy year.

Mike Ary
Director of Bands
281.237.9268
MichaelDAry@katyisd.org


Message from Shakira Luna, Band Booster President

Another congratulations for our winter guard program on an amazing and historic season! We wish our Varsity the best of luck in their final virtual competition this weekend in the finals round of the WGI World Championships.  You can check out their performance and see their competitors if you have an account on Flomarching.com: click here.

Please join us this evening for our general booster meeting at 7pm on Zoom. Login information is in Helper Helper and also posted in the Facebook group.  Take a moment to sign up to attend the band banquet as well. Details are below. We hope to see all of the students and families that make this program the success that it is come out to enjoy a fun evening together.

Band Banquet

Our band banquet will be a little different this year. It will be held socially distanced, outdoors on the field at out Taylor High School football stadium. There will be no meal, but each attendee will receive a goodie bag. We invite all band and color guard students and families to come out and celebrate the accomplishments and memories of the 2020-21 year! Registering to attend is two simple steps:

Click here for the Band Banquet invitation flyer.

Color Guard Auditions

Help grow our color guard and be a part of the top ranked guard program in Katy ISD! Auditions are a great way for students to come out and give guard a try and to see if they are interesting in developing the required skills. No experience is necessary! All students entering grades 9-12 who are zoned to Taylor High School are eligible.  Audition details and registration link can be found on this flyer. Please pass along to friends who may be rising freshmen or new to Taylor!

Click here for the Color Guard auditions flyer.

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.

Click here to make a purchase. 

Lost and Found

The lost and found in the Band Hall is over flowing. If students are missing any marching band gear, please check the lost and found box THIS WEEK.  All band related items will be cleaned out and donated this Friday after school. 

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

  • Apr. 13 — General Booster Meeting,  7pm
  • Apr. 15-16 — UIL Concert performances
  • Aprl 17-18 — WGI Virtual Championship Finals
  • Apr. 20-22 — Color Guard Auditions 
  • Apr. 24 — Winter Guard Banquet
  • May 1 — Band Banquet, 7pm @ THS Football Field
  • May 4 — Percussion Concert


Play on and stay safe,

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

James E. Taylor High School Band and Color Guard