Jaguar Band Newsletter

Information by parents, for parents!

In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

  • Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction
  • Christmas in the Courtyard
  • Gift Cards & E-Gift Cards
  • Support Akins Band

This Week & Save These Dates

  • 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!

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 TOMORROW, 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!

Gift Cards & E-Gift Cards

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Need your gift cards asap!? Make sure you pick E-Gift Cards and send them straight to your gift recipient!

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 28

Jagtastic Silent Auction Items (by Section) due TODAY!

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

November 29

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

December 1

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

JBB Grand Nationals Best Practices Review Meeting (5:30 - 7 p.m.)

Meeting of key planning and execution volunteers from Grand Nationals to review learnings/successes/and recommendations to use for future trips of this type.

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 5

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

December 6

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

December 8

JV & Varsity Wintergard Practice (5 - 8 p.m.)

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

From the Director

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We are thankful for everyone who is a part of our Jaguar Band family and the happiness and joy they bring to our group! Let’s look forward to what is rapidly approaching as we work our way back into a weekly schedule.

This week we have two major events! The first is the TMEA District/Region Auditions. The auditions will be held at Akins High School Thursday, Dec 1, and Saturday, December 3. This week the host of the auditions will determine which instruments perform on Thursday, which perform on Saturday and if there are any instruments that audition on both days. That schedule will be distributed no later than Tuesday. The students signed up for these auditions earlier in the fall and know who they are. Round trip transportation will be provided for this event on both Thursday and Saturday.

Saturday is also the Budafest Lighted Parade. The Jaguar Band will once again be participating in this annual event! Remember that this is a lighted parade and “YES” it is perfectly acceptable to have lights on your instrument! We are scheduled to receive our lineup number, location and arrival time this week and will immediately push out this information. Due to logistics with parking buses and equipment, transportation for this event will NOT be provided. We will repeat the same process we used last year. We will have a truck bring the large instruments such as sousaphones and percussion. Students will be responsible for their own transportation as well as their instrument. The lineup location is in the parking lot just past MudBugs Restaurant, the parade conclusion location is at the Buda Park near the Amphitheater. Again, once we receive the detailed information with our exact staging number we will email everyone. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: there will be some students who are auditioning for the TMEA Region auditions on Saturday and will need to be prepared to have a quick turnaround from the time we arrive back at Johnson and then getting to the parade lineup. Because there is no scheduled time for the auditions to end we cannot provide specific times in advance. However, we will use Remind to send out updates regarding the progress of the auditions as they are wrapping up and when the buses are rolling headed back to JHS. There should be plenty of time between the conclusion of the auditions and the start of the parade but those students auditioning on Saturday need to be aware that both events are on the same day and time is limited.

The Johnson HS Winter Guards are heading into their competitive season and will begin their rehearsal schedule ASAP. Anyone who is not already involved in with our Guard program or has FRIENDS who are not in band but are interested in becoming a member and joining our extended family should see Mr. Washington or Mr. Duffy.

Not this week, but rapidly approaching, is the JHS Jaguar Band Christmas Concert! December 13 is the date! Since the percussion students are in a different class period during the school day, each individual band may schedule a rehearsal outside of the school day in order to allow the percussion and band to play together in preparation for this event. You should hear from your child’s band director if and when they schedule a rehearsal.

Again, we hope everyone had a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Now, back to our crazy, non-stop schedule of excitement and music! Never forget that today and everyday “it’s a great day to be a Jaguar!”

The Beat--Percussion News

Hopefully, everyone is well rested and was able to spend some quality time with friends and family. Band placement auditions for percussionists start this week. They will take place during band classes and will consist of 4 short excerpts of the All State audition music. The students have had this music since July.

Region band auditions are also taking place this week. The first round of percussion auditions will be held on Thursday after school. The second round, if students advance, will take place on Saturday.

Saturday night is the Buda Fest lighted parade. This was a blast last year! Front ensemble members are not required to participate in the parade but can play cymbals if they like.

Looking forward to a busy week!

color guard corner

Color Guard time for Winter Guard!

Reminder that Winter Guard practices will start THIS WEEK!

ICYMI -- 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. These dates have now been added to the band calendar!

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?

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

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Stay Connected!

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