Jaguar Band Newsletter
Information by parents, for parents!
In this week's newsletter
- Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction
- Grand Nationals Watch Party
- Volunteers/Anyone Coming to the Band Hall
This Week & Save These Dates
From the Director
The Beat - percussion specific information
Color Guard Corner
BOA Grand Nationals
- Mandatory Meeting DATE CHANGE Monday, 11/7, 6:30 p.m. in JHS cafeteria
- BOA Grand Nationals Tickets Now On Sale
- Fly a Flag
- Johnson Band SmugMug Photos Login/Password
- Staying informed
- Service Hours
- Get Involved! (Important Volunteer Information)
- Save These Dates
- Jag Band & Guard Photos
- Stay Connected!
Spirit Gear for Sale & Pick-up Monday
Team Texas shirts in and will be available for pickup at the mandatory parent meeting for Grand Nationals tomorrow evening beginning at 6pm. We will pass out preorder both before and after the meeting. Your student may also pick up the shirt after rehearsal (we will meet in the cafeteria so they may need to find us). We will have them available at the end of rehearsal on Tuesday evening as well.
Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction
VOLUNTEERS / ANYONE COMING TO BAND HALL
We have been told by JHS Admin that if you arrive at the school during the school day (before 4:10 pm), you need to CHECK IN at the front office (as opposed to Ms. Mendez office). If you arrive during the school day but leave after school is out, you can check OUT in Ms. Mendez office.
If you are on campus anytime outside of the school day, you must CHECK IN and CHECK OUT in Ms. Mendez office with her scanner. Be sure to wear your volunteer badge at all times. If you do not have a badge, please email Ms. Mendez to get that process going.
This Week & Save These Dates
Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 8 p.m. @ JHS)
MANDATORY: Band Boosters Grand Nationals Meeting (6:30 - 7:45 p.m. @ JHS Cafeteria)
Band & Guard Rehearsal (5 - 8 p.m. @ JHS)
Leave for BOA Grand Nationals--See Charms email: Special Edition newsletter: BOA Grand Nationals!
November 10 - 13
Picnic on the the Dots--End of Marching Season party (5:30 - 8 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)
Amici & Snowball's Chance Spirit Night (5 - 9 p.m.)
Mandatory Band Parent Meeting Monday
From the Director
The Saturday we saw the Jaguar Band head into the USBands Austin’s Finale to defend their 2021 Title of Grand Champions. The students did not disappoint in their efforts and gave two awesome performances in Prelims and Finals. In the end, your Jaguar Band finished as the 2022 USBands Austin Finale Grand Champions and swept all captions which included Best Music, Best Visual, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard and Best Overall Effect. We are also excited that Hays CISD dominated the top of the leader board in finals with the Hays High School Hawk Band finishing in 2nd place edging out the Weiss HS band which finished 3rd. Congratulations to all of these young musicians on great weekend!
We are just days away from heading towards, not only a Johnson High School history-making moment, but a Hays CISD history-making moment. No band in Hays CISD has ever competed at this level on the national stage! This was a goal that was actually put in place the day the JHS Band Staff was hired! One of the original goals was to develop a program worthy of traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana, and competing in the Bands Of America Grand Nationals! That goal achievement and competition day will be here in less than a week!! We hope that the students and parents are as excited and pumped for this momentous occasion as we are.
We have two JHS rehearsals this week on Monday and Tuesday from 5 - 8 p.m. as we approach this incredible event! These rehearsals have to be incredibly focused, high-energy and full-out committed to performing at the highest level on every beat, of every move, of every rep! We need to continue to elevate our efforts and production this week. We will focus on fine tuning the little details, adding new aspects both visually and musically and increasing the overall quality of our upcoming performances! We can no longer say we are approaching that final push; it has officially arrived and the time is now! Let’s do this!!!!
Please remember that the parent meeting regarding the bands travel to Indy is Monday at 6:30!!! When you finish the meeting, if there is time, you are welcome to walk over to watch the remainder of Monday night rehearsal in the stadium at JHS. The band's final run for the rehearsal will be at 7:50 p.m.
Let’s have an incredible week as we prepare to make history! Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow are each “A Great Day To Be A Jaguar”!
The Beat--A weekly update for Percussion specific information
The time has come! This is going to be an amazing week for our program and I cannot wait for our students to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium! It is a very short week here in TX so make sure you start preparing all of the items you will need for the trip now. We will have rehearsal Monday as normal 5-8. Tuesday is our last rehearsal of the season in TX. We will not have our front ensemble equipment so front ensemble members will need to bring sticks and a practice pad with them Tuesday. The Drumline and Sousaphones will using borrowed instruments for this rehearsal since our equipment trucks are leaving for Indy on Tuesday morning.
The band boosters have agreed to pay for the students entry to PASIC. Any parents that will be joining us will need to pay the band boosters the $30 fee as we will be paying for the total number of people all together. We are getting an incredible rate because we are a BOA Grand National performing group. Normally these passes would be well over $300 per person. I will be submitting a list of names to PASIC first thing Monday morning so they can print our passes. I will then pick these up once we arrive at the convention center and distribute them to everyone on Thursday night. These passes are for the entire weekend which will allow us to attend when we can fit it in our busy schedule.
Currently the only planned time there will be on Friday after our performance from 10am - 5pm. Students will need to bring whatever they need for the day with them that morning. After we perform we will store our instruments, get changed and then attend the convention. Our storage room is in the same convention center as PASIC. We will play it by ear and see how everyone is doing throughout the day. We will have group meet up times and attend specific events together. This is such an awesome event and our kids are going to love it! We will see what the schedule looks like on Saturday pending results but there MAY be another time to get back over there for some additional sessions. I know Ms. Bevill has put together a list of parents/family members that are planning to go. If you have not responded to her yet and still want to attend please let me know by 9am tomorrow morning. Please reach out with additional questions.
Most communication for our band program goes out through Charms and Remind. Any Percussion specific info will be sent out via our Percussion Remind. I encourage all parents to sign up. This will hopefully keep you informed of upcoming percussion events, news, info, etc.
To sign up, simply text @jagsperc22 to the number 81010.
UPCOMING PERCUSSION SPECIFIC EVENTS
3/4/23 - JHS Percussion Ensemble Concert
color guard corner
Color Guard Updates
Heads up! After practice and before they leave tomorrow night, guard students will need to strip their 777 and card flags so that our crew can wash them!
Please make sure your child has both pair of shoes, black leggings, and short shirt for grand nats!
For packing lists, rules, itinerary and other information, please see Charms email: Special Edition newsletter: BOA Grand Nationals!
Snack donations are still needed! We have 52 members in color guard. We are asking for Sunny D, Capri Suns, mini donuts, muffins, cheese crackers, belvita cookies, cereal pouches, fruit snacks and slim Jim's. We have plenty of goldfish.
We will be putting the bags together on Tuesday during practice.
See you all at the MANDATORY PARENT MEETING, Monday, 11/7, 6:30pm @ JHS cafeteria!
Michelle Silva and Ida Musgrove
BOA GRAND NATIONALS
BOA Grand Nationals: Mandatory Meeting
Fly a Flag
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Jag Band & Guard Photos
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!
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