Jaguar Band Newsletter

Information by parents, for parents!

In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

  • Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction
  • Christmas in the Courtyard
  • Support Akins Band

This Week & Save These Dates

  • Color Guard Corner (soon to be Winter Guard Corner ;-)


  • Fly a Flag

Helpful Notes:

  • Johnson Band SmugMug Photos Login/Password
  • Staying informed
  • Service Hours
  • Get Involved! (Important Volunteer Information)
  • Save These Dates
  • Jag Band & Guard Photos
  • Stay Connected!
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take note!

Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction

The Jagtastic Silent Auction will go live on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Please remember that this fundraiser is part of the funding we need to pay for Grand Nationals! Basically, we really need to pay ourselves back and your participation is key!

PSL's have sent the Section Basket information. Each section of the band has a different theme for their basket.

PSL's will need to have all donations collected by Monday, November 28th, so that they know what I need to fill in and to give enough time to put the basket together.

You can contact your PSL and they will meet you to pick up your donation, or you can send it with your student to the JHS band hall labeled with Student name, (Enter Section) basket, ATTN: (Enter Your Name) and they will pick it up there.

You may also be able to Venmo your PSL and they can purchase items for you. (Check with your PSL about this option! ) If you choose to Venmo, make sure you put that it’s for the band auction!

Questions? Contact

Christmas in the Courtyard

Our winter concert is coming up and we need your help to make it special!

We will be decorating for our Christmas in the Courtyard on Tuesday, 12/13 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. Please click here to sign to either lend or donate items that can be used to decorate and sign up to volunteer!

For decorating, many hands make for light work - so please come help set up! Come and go as you are available. Students are welcome to help and board members will be available to sign forms for time volunteered.

If you are going to lend decorations or extension cords, please label them with your student's first and last name so that we can make sure to get them back to you. You can send items with your student and it wil be stored in the supply closet or you can bring items with you on Tuesday.

Thanks in advance for helping make this yet another memorable event!

Support Akins Band

From the Akins Band Boosters:

We are Terry and Amy Ishee, the Akins Band Booster Co-Presidents, and we'd like to introduce ourselves to you. We have a daughter who is a junior and Co-Captain of the Drumline, and we have been volunteering as band parents since she started as a freshman during the pandemic, doing what we can to build the band back up from that. I don't have to tell you that made quite an impact on all of our school programs!

We'd also like to invite you and your band parents to a fun night of Bingo, Raffles, and Fundraising. We have enjoyed being able to see your marching shows and share space with you at competitions! Due to the building up of South Austin and beyond, many of our students have crossed paths in Elementary and Middle School, so sometimes it feels like old friends getting together. Kids can attend if their parents do, so it's some good family fun!

On December 16, we are hosting this Bingo and Raffle Fundraising event at our Akins Band Hall, and our two main goals are fundraising and fun. We are having a bit of a struggle building back our funds and volunteers since COVID, and we'd love some help from fellow band folks. We would love to have your band parents join us, and we want to show our students and community that bands can compete, but still support each other. Attached is the flyer for you to share around, and here is the link to buy tickets:

-Terry and Amy Ishee

This Week & Save These Dates

November 21 - 25

Thanksgiving Break

November 28

Jagtastic Silent Auction Items (by Section) due TODAY!

December 1 & 3

Region Band Auditions--select students only

December 3

Budafest Parade (6:30 p.m.--more information to come)

Parents will be responsible for transporting students to and from the Budafest parade. Buses will not be utilized.

December 12

Winter Guard mandatory meeting (Parents and Students)

6 - 7:30 pm @ JHS Band Hall

December 13

Christmas Concert (6 - 9 p.m. @ JHS Amphitheater)

Click here to sign-up to help!

December 16

Akins Band Bingo Fundraiser

color guard corner

Color Guard time for Winter Guard!

Reminder that Winter Guard practices will start the week after Thanksgiving.

Winter Guard IS Color Guard! If your student is in "color guard" then they are in "winter guard". For Winter Guard season, Color Guard is separated into Varsity and JV teams based on ability and skill. Winter Guard competitions take place indoors. Check out last year's JV and Varsity "Winter Guard" performances on our YouTube channel. Last season, Varsity earned 1st place and JV earned 3rd place at the TCGC State competition! Varsity placed 6th in the nation at the WGI World Championship!

As is the case during marching band season, attendance at practices and competitions is mandatory.

Here is the schedule of practices and competitions. Please make sure to make arrangements in advance. We will add these dates to the band calendar tonight!

There will be a MANDATORY meeting for ALL Winter Guard Parents and Students on

Monday, December 12

6 - 7:30pm @ JHS Band Hall

*Items to be covered include how winter guard works, winter guard fee ($200) and what it covers, student and parent expectations, and answer any questions you may have! We will also discuss Winter Guard snack sign-ups, meal plans, and floor crew!


Fly a Flag

Join the Johnson Jaguar Band Boosters!

Subscribe to Fly a Flag! Show your National Pride AND support the Johnson High School Band! The Johnson Band Boosters are offering a US Flag Subscription service! For national holidays a 3’ x 5’ flag on a pole will be placed in your front yard. The flags will be installed at least one day before the holiday and will be removed after the holiday (length of display will vary depending on when the holiday occurs). A one-year subscription to the Fly A Flag Program is $52. At this time, this service is only being offered in the Johnson High School attendance zone.


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helpful notes

Jag Band & Guard Photos

Click here for Johnson Band & Guard photos throughout the year! The password is GoJags. Scroll down for the 2022 - 23 folder for more photos from Spring Camp! Photos from all football games, competitions and special events will be uploaded here throughout the year. You can download photos for free.

Staying Informed

Staying Informed! The Jaguar Band strives to keep everyone informed about our events and increase the opportunity to answer questions and create conversations with our community. This year, you will be able to find out information not only in our Newsletter and on our Band Calendar, but we will also be sharing them on our Johnson Band website events page and as events on our Facebook page. Our events on Facebook will be used as a primary source for updates and reminders. Don't forget to use your section GroupMe's as a quick and effective way to get your questions answered!

Service Hours

The JHS Band Boosters have created a form for band students to track their band volunteer service hours. (Click the previous sentence to link to the form.) This form is similar to what is used by other organizations such as the NHS and puts control of volunteer service hours tracking in the students hands. Students should print and use this to log for all band related volunteer service hours and ensure completion of all fields including supervisor signature. Parents signatures are not accepted. Follow all details on the form to turn in the logs in the spring to be considered for Band Student Service Awards at the Band Banquet or for logging volunteer service for Letterman Jacket points. Any questions, contact or This form should be used for all hours since the Band Banquet last spring. Multiple forms may be submitted to track all of your volunteer service.

Get Involved!

Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

All volunteers in Hays CISD must sign up here before volunteering.

Complete our Committee Interest Form to be informed on upcoming committee meetings as they begin:

Join the Band Boosters:

Stay Connected!

  1. Save our website
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  3. Sync to the Band Google Calendar:
  4. Sign up for 2022 Remind - Instructions here
  5. Like our Facebook Page
  6. Get Connected: Remind App, JHS Band Calendar, Photos & Newsletters. We're also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!