Jaguar Band Newsletter

Information by parents, for parents!

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BOA Baby!

(For the second year in a row!)

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In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

This Week & Save These Dates
Color Guard Corner

BOA Grand Nationals

  • Housing Update and Information Packet
  • BOA Grand Nationals Tickets Now On Sale

  • 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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Last Chance Swag

Watch the band Instagram and Facebook pages for purchase opportunities! Limited sizes and designs, once it’s gone it gone. No reorders! Out with the old in with the new!

Things you need to know about Competition Days (what we lovingly refer to as BANDTOBER)

Attendance is required at all marching competitions! Absences at competitions negatively impact the entire band. Not only do absences create "holes" in the show, the holes make it harder for the students around that gap to march their spots.

Band and guard members eat only when they are NOT in uniform. For times on the competition schedule that note they are to wear their competition show shirt, they are typically allowed to purchase items at the concession stand. You are also welcome to purchase concession items for them during this time. However, when they are in uniform, they cannot eat or drink anything other than water.

Students are required to move together as they enter and exit the competition field. We understand it is exciting when they win a competition, but directors ask that you do not try to pull them out of the line to take pictures or talk to them at those times. On competition days, there is usually time at the end to take pics with your student - especially if they win a championship! We then join them on the field to take all of the pictures!

Football games and competitions have first-aid tents on site in case of an emergency. The boosters only carry band-aids, antibiotic ointment, and cortisone cream. We no longer carry any medications.

Marching competitions have different formats and different time lengths. While most marching competitions take place on a Saturday, the UIL Marching competition will take place on a Tuesday evening. At UIL, judges will rate bands based on set criteria. The ratings from each range from the lowest rating of a five (V), to the highest rating of a one (I). At those competitions, it is possible for everyone who competes to earn a one. However, at most other competitions, bands are not only given a score but are ranked.

Bands of America (BOA) Championships are the premier marching band events in the nation. These competitions consistently host a higher caliber of bands than other competitions. Because of this, these competitions utilize a preliminary and finals. During preliminaries, bands are ranked per classification (determined by school enrollment for grades 10 - 12). The highest scoring 12 bands, regardless of classification, move on to finals. At finals, bands are ranked and the highest ranking band is awarded grand champion. Bands are also awarded Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect. Because BOA utilizes Prelims and Finals, the daily schedule is quite long, ending with the presentation of awards at 10:45 pm.

After conclusion of awards, you are welcome to join the celebration near the stands or on the field (should the directors take them there). Please join the cheering and take all the pictures you like. However, should the band gather for their PRIDE chant or to hear from the directors, we ask that you respect that time by giving them space. Please do not stand close to the drum majors and captains while they conduct the PRIDE chant with the band.

After every game and competition, students MUST properly turn in their uniforms. Depending on the number of volunteers we have checking the uniforms for proper hanging, the process of 48 guard and almost 200 band members turning in their uniforms can take awhile. Please either join the volunteers to help expedite this process or be patient as you wait. We ask that you do not tell your child to tell the volunteer that they need to hurry up because you are waiting. Thanks in advance for your continued support and flexibility!

Students are encouraged to bring a pillow and blanket on long trips! They can also pack snacks. Please know that, per the directors, any electronic device that provides audio will be permitted ONLY WITH HEADPHONES.

We ask that you please respect the rules that the directors have put into place. They have put them into place for a reason. Our community has seen the benefits of these rules as they have a direct impact on their mindset. The more competitions you attend and the more bands you watch, the more you will see the differences between the programs and recognize that these rules are some of the differences between successful bands like ours and others.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites

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This Week & Save These Dates

MONDAY, October 10

Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 8 p.m. @ JHS)

*Yes, even though this is a student holiday, we will have practice! We have UIL tomorrow!

October 11

UIL Marching Contest (@ Burger Stadium)

JB performs at 7:30pm


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October 12

Panda Express Spirit Night Benefitting Johnson Jaguar Band (340 Old San Antonio Rd #110, Buda, TX 78610, USA)

All day. In person or online. Show the cashier the post from your phone. Online - or the App. Enter 339466 in the fundraiser code box

October 13

Band & Guard Rehearsal (7 a.m. @ JHS)

JHS vs. Bowie High School (7 p.m. @ Burger Activity Center)

October 15

Marching Clinic (REQUIRED) (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Shelton Stadium)

*It's important that all members attend. We will have hired a guest clinician to help the band prepare for upcoming competitions! p.s. parents are welcome to sit in stands and watch!

October 17

Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 8 p.m. @ JHS)

October 18

Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 8 p.m. @ JHS)

Band Boosters General Membership Meeting (6:30 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)

October 20

Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 7 p.m. @ JHS)

October 22

OPEN WEEKEND (yes, really! ;-)

October 29

Bands of America (BOA) Waco (@ Baylor University)

JB Pre-lim performance at 1:45pm

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From the director

Wow, what a weekend we just completed! It was absolutely amazing! We are proud of our students, grateful for our parent volunteers and blessed to be part of an incredible band program and family!

This past Saturday was an early morning start to head to Astound Broadband Stadium in Midland Texas to defend our BOA West Texas Regional Championship! Our Jaguar Band did just that, and, in the Prelims Performance, placed first in Class 4A (BOA uses a different classification than UIL). In addition to placing 1st in Class 4A the Jaguar Band Swept all captions and brought home Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. Along with sweeping all captions they also advanced to finals with 11 other groups! After a great Finals Performance it was time for the awards ceremony! Everyone was anxiously awaiting the results! There were a few other exceptional bands in finals--Piedmont HS which is the reining 5A State Champion from Oklahoma and Clovis HS from New Mexico which had already won two BOA Regional Championships this year in Arizona and New Mexico! The results came in, and the Jaguar Band won Overall Outstanding Visual, Overall Outstanding General Effect and was crowned the 2022 BOA West Texas Regional Grand Champion! What a great night!!

Having Sunday and Monday to recover from the long weekend is just what everyone needed! However, the break did not last long! We are back at practice Monday night in preparation for UIL on Tuesday of this week! The band marches Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., in Tony Burger Stadium for the UIL Region 18 Marching Festival. Let’s make sure we fill the stands for this performance.

Additionally, this week we have a Thursday night away game against Bowie, right back in Burger Stadium. We have Friday night off: no game and no practice Friday evening! However, we do have a mandatory Saturday clinic in Shelton Stadium from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This is our only practice in Shelton Stadium, and we want to take advantage of this opportunity! The UIL schedule was sent last week and will be sent out again Tuesday morning.

We also want to wish all of our Jaguar Band students, who are taking the PSAT on Wednesday, the very best!

Let’s have a great week of practices and performances as we continue through our 2022 Marching Season! As always “It’s A Great Day To Be A Jaguar!”
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color guard corner

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The GUARDian: mini edition!

Hello GUARDians!

Hair up-do's are looking great! Keep up the good work! and THANK YOU to all of the guard parents who are helping push props, feed students, or help with hair and makeup! Your investment into your child's program is paying off!

THE GUARD WILL NEED HELP TOMORROW WITH HAIR starting at 2:30pm! They will have only one hour to get ready for inspection. Late lunch break?? ;-P

THE GUARD NEEDS BOBBY PIN DONATIONS! Those guard up-do's are amazing but they sure do use A LOT of bobby pins! Please donate whatever you can! We will need bobby pins for TOMORROW but if you cannot send some by then, please feel free to send in the next week or two. We will need to stock up before BOA Waco!

p.s. please know that we can ALWAYS use more help with hair and makeup! especially hair!

FYI UNIFORMS: away games = summer uniform; home games = tunics


Michelle Silva and Ida Musgrove


10/11: UIL is tomorrow! Students will be dismissed early. Please pack everything TONIGHT!

10/13: GAME DAY: Thursday at Burger Stadium

Game Uniform: (away) Summer uniform. Show hair (done after release). After 1st quarter, change into competition costume, black jazz shoes. *Please remain flexible. We will provide updates regarding makeup as we get clarification. Thanks!

10/15: Clinic at Shelton stadium attire is black Jaguar shirt and black shorts/leggings


*Please make sure you have all uniform items! especially shoes...we do not keep a large inventory of these and it takes time to get them.

Reminder that to replace shoes or gloves, you will have to order them! To replace sneakers, it costs $65. To replace jazz shoes, it costs $39.75!

Please make sure your name is inside your uniform items!

You can order through BandShoppe

Approved jazz shoe: DSI Ever-jazz guard shoe (black)

Approved sneaker: Pastry Studio Trainer Dance Sneaker

Proper makeup...

RED team: for eye shape: Mabelline SuperStay Ink Crayon, #45

BLACK team: for eye shape: outline with BadGal waterproof pencil eyeliner; fill in with Maybelline Tattoo studio, 36H eye liner

ALL: lipstick is Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink, #20 Pioneer; white eyeliner to outline shape around eye.

In case you missed it, this edition of The Guardian has all of the information for competition hair and makeup you will need for this week's game and competition.

  • Monday: blue
  • Tuesday: grey
  • Thursday: pink
  • Friday: black
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RESERVATIONS: If you submitted a form for non-student housing at the student hotel for Grand Nats, you should have received an email from Ida Musgrove this past week to FINALIZE your reservation. If you did not receive an email and believe that to be in error, please contact her asap at

PAYMENT: Our website will be updated soon to allow for payment. Please know that the website platform requires a credit card charge. That charge could be up to $ . If you would rather send in a check, please make it out to Johnson Band Boosters and send to school in an envelope clearly marked with TO: JBB, FROM: (YOUR NAME), RE: GRAND NATS HOTEL, AND $ AMOUNT.

Friendly reminder that ALL BAND AND GUARD students must stay in rooms with other band and guard students. They will not stay in rooms with parents.

BOA Grand Nationals: Information Packet

Dear Jaguar Families,

Please find information about our BOA marching competitions in this Information Packet. Please know that the directors will share this and more information in the competition schedules but that you can also find much, if not all, of this information on competition websites. The competitions can also be found on our website at:

Mark your calendars!

MANDATORY meeting for ALL Band and Guard PARENTS

BOA Grand Nationals Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30-8pm

JHS Band Hall

BOA Waco:

JB Pre-lim performance is at 1:45 (as of 10/10)


BOA Grand Nationals

Here is our DRAFT itinerary for BOA Grand Nationals. Please keep in mind that this itinerary can and will change as needed. Please be flexible, patient, and understanding! The Info Packet will also be updated as we get closer to competition.

Questions? Contact Ida Musgrove at


Ida Musgrove


Band Boosters


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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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:

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Stay Connected!

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