Jaguar Band Newsletter
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January 6th - January 12th
Message From Mr. Lucita
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Texas Color Guard Circuit Hosted by JHS
Jaguar Caps, jOURney shirts and Tradition Begins shirts
How To Sign Up With VIPS District Volunteer Program and Log Hours
Sync Your Calendar
How To Sign Up For Remind 101
From Mr. Lucita
Welcome Back!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and didn’t forget to practice over the holidays! It’s that dedication to practicing at home that will help our band continue to improve. Parents please help us continue our musical journey by making sure your kiddos bring their instrument home and practice regularly! Now here is some important information as we jump right back into an active band schedule.
We first want to share that we are super excited to begin the competitive season for Johnson HS’s first ever Winter Guard! This group is off to a great start and has been working hard over the holidays getting ready to perform. Their weekly rehearsal schedule is posted on the Jaguar Band calendar and we can’t wait to see how far they go!! The sky is the limit!
Saturday, January 11th are the TMEA Area band auditions! The auditions will be held at Westlake High School! Let’s wish our three Jaguar Band students Travis Miller, Hannah Belden and Parker Taylor the very best of luck as they audition for a seat in the Texas All State Band!!!
Also, coming up quickly is the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest. UIL Solo and Ensemble will be held at Hays HS on Saturday, February 1st. All Jaguar Band students will be participating in this event unless they are academically ineligible. Students should have already been practicing their solo and will begin practicing with their piano accompanist starting Monday, January 20th. That official accompanist rehearsal schedule will be distributed later this week. Each student will have 2 rehearsals with their accompanist. These rehearsals are extremely important and can not be rescheduled! Students, please make sure that you are musically prepared and on time for your accompanist. Those students that have not paid their $25 accompanist fee should bring it this week!
The JHS Wind Ensemble will continue their regularly scheduled weekly after school rehearsals on Mondays 4:30-6:00 starting on January 13th. We will also schedule weekly sectional rehearsals. These sectionals will focus on the small details of the music and individual student accountability as we prepare for UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest this spring! Sectionals are required of all students regardless of eligibility. Wind Symphony rehearsals and sectionals will begin in February. A detailed schedule will be issued as we get closer!
SOMETHING NEW this spring semester will be a new ensemble that is open to EVERYONE! “MOJO Steel” will be Johnson High School’s official Steel Drum Ensemble. Yes, you read correctly, this ensemble will be open to everyone! That’s right, not just percussionists, but ALL Jaguar Band members! There will be a google form coming out soon in an effort to gauge interest! Please be on the lookout and sign up if interested!
Let’s have a great first week back and can’t wait to see everyone on Tuesday!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! to host TCGC in February!
Calling all Jaguar Band Families! We need your help to host the Texas Color Guard Circuit competition in February! Color Guards from across the state will come to Johnson High School to compete in the Texas Color Guard Circuit competition.
Hosting a large competition requires a lot of help! The Jaguar Band directors have asked us for ADULT VOLUNTEERS to help set up on Friday, February 27th and help host the competition on Saturday, February 28th.
These volunteer opportunities are captured in the sign-up genius linked below. There are a lot of different types of opportunities for all to contribute! Sign up below and help us make a great first impression on our fellow Texas programs!
Please note that, because a schedule will not be finalized until closer to the event, TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
We will also be requesting DONATIONS for concession stand items as the competition draws near. If you would like to get a jump on your donation, we are asking that families donate at least ONE CASE (12 count) of the following:
Flutes: Sprite, 12 oz.
Bb and Bass Clarinets: Dr. Pepper, 12 oz.
Saxophones (alto, tenor, and bass): Coke, 12 oz.
Brass (trumpet, french horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba): Chips (multi-pack, snack size)
Percussion/Double Reeds: Gatorade, 12 oz.
Color Guard: Candy (M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles, AirHeads, Trolli, etc)
*Once the semester begins, you can send your donation to the band hall with your student anytime before Friday, February 21st.
All profits, except for the bulk of ticket sales which go to TCGC and the merchandise sold by its exclusive vendor, will go to the Jaguar Band program. As you all know, it takes a lot of resources to support a growing and competitive program. Next year it is expected that our program will increase by 80 to 100 students!
Please help us maximize this fundraising opportunity so that the Jaguar Band’s 2nd year will be even more amazing than its 1st! Send in your donations and sign up!
Thanks in advance for the contribution of your time and donations!
Don't Miss Your Chance To Buy A Jaguar Cap, jOURney Shirt, or Tradition Begins Shirt!
(Students have all received a complimentary show shirt courtesy of the Band Boosters! Shirts that are being sold are the parent/family shirts. Student shirts are black and Parent/family shirts are royal blue. Both have 2019 show dates on the back.)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Tuesday, 1/7: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Guard
Thursday, 1/9: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Guard
Saturday, 1/11: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm: Guard Camp
Monday, 1/13: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Wind Ensemble
Monday, 1/13: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Guard
Tuesday, 1/14: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Marching Percussion Camp
Thursday, 1/16: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Guard
How to sign up with VIPS district volunteer program and log hours
V.I.P.S. (Volunteers in Public Schools) is required by HaysCISD for all volunteers that will be around students. Volunteers must be approved as a VIP volunteer BEFORE volunteering.
TO SIGN UP:
- From www.hayscisd.net choose Community> Become a Hays
- CISD volunteer.
- Follow the prompts given to complete the application.
- Our VIPS coordinator is Ms. Conder. When you visit the band hall, please see her immediately to get a name badge. Bring your driver’s license in for her to see.
TO LOG VOLUNTEER HOURS:
- Go to www.hayscisd.net
- Choose the “community” tab
- Click on “become a Hays CISD volunteer”
- Click on “VIPs Rewards”
- Click on “Log your VIPs Hours (volunteers)” and log in
- Click on the drop down menu on the left –“volunteer”
Sync Your Calendar to Charms!
Visit the Johnson Band Website for information on how to sync the Charms calendar to your phone. "How to sync" links are located above calendar. Just click on link appropriate for your type of phone!
How To Sign Up For Remind 101
To sign up for Remind 101 for band notifications:
- Send a text message to 81010 (enter this number where you would enter the phone number)
- The message will be @jagband19 (type this where you would type your text message)
- Hit "send"
- If you did this successfully, you will receive a text informing you that you signed up for the band remind messages.
Signing up for Remind for other clubs or classes will be similar. You will always send a text to 81010 but what you type into the text box will be different. For example, for an English class, it might be @smithsenglishclass.
Follow Us/Stay Connected
Remind 101 Full Band Code - Text @jagband19 to 81010
Remind 101 Parents Code - Text @jbparents to 81010
Remind 101 Pit Crew Code - Text @pitcrewja to 81010