Jaguar Band Newsletter

Information by parents, for parents!

boa waco!

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In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

  • Annual Jagtastic Silent Auction
  • Grand Nationals Watch Party
  • Football game info: Westlake
  • Uniform Reminders
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • 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

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. Band Parent Section Leaders, please keep an eye out for information concerning your section's silent auction baskets. Items and donations should be collected between Monday, October 31, and Monday, November 28. Questions? Contact

Save the date! Grand Nationals Watch Party Friday 11/11

Time to be announced soon to reflect the time difference between Texas and Indiana as well as the final prelim schedule from BOA. The watch party is being hosted by our Jaguar Elite Sponsor, Jen Mueller, and will be held at the PAC. The Moe and Gene Johnson Machine will be performing at 7:45 Texas time. Stay tuned for more details about this event!

Westlake HS Football Visitor's Guide

Info regarding parking and tickets can be found on pages 6-10 of this Westlake HS Football Visitor's Guide

Uniform Reminders


1. Show shirts are part of the band uniform. Your students are often required to have them. PLEASE have your student show you their shirt so you know they know where it is. We do not have extra's; they were told by the Directors that they could not lose them as they are part of their uniform. They were told the day they picked them up to label them (we had sharpies for them).

2. LABEL everything. This is the only way we can attempt to return lost items to their owners.

3. There is a massive pile of lost & found items at the back of the instrument locker room and guard room. Have your student look for lost items there.

4. Please ask your students if they somehow ended up with an extra shoe or show shirt or polo & return the extra items.

5. Talk to your students about keeping everything in their duffels. We see clothes & shoes everywhere & this leads to lost items.

6. Required items for any event are listed on the schedules that are emailed out. Please share with your students so they are prepared with the necessary items.

7. If your student does not have a uniform item on the list, and IF we have those items in inventory, you will be invoiced for that replaced item. We do not have any inventory that students can just borrow.


Thank you to all of the parents who came into the band hall during practice times these past two weeks to help with the gold silks, spray paint and fix hats, and build chips! Those details have added to our already amazing production and wouldn't have been possible without you!

This week we will need the following help:


  • Pit Crew: Unloading the PROP trailer at 4:15pm (come as soon as you can get there)
  • Pit Crew: We will need help AFTER PRACTICE storing props in the SCHOOL while the district does maintenance on our trailers before we head out to Indianapolis!
  • Build crew: Place adhesive vinyl on both sides of the foam board (Please see Don)



  • Pit Crew: Loading the PROP trailer AFTER PRACTICE to be ready for the Friday game.


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

October 31

Student Holiday/Staff Exchange Day

November 1

Student Holiday/Staff Work Day

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

November 2

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

November 3

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

Directors/Booster Exec Officers/Meal Plan/Pit Crew Grand Nationals Prep Meeting (7:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

November 4

Band & Guard Rehearsal (7 - 8 a.m. @ JHS)

JHS v Westlake (7 p.m. @ Westlake High School)

November 5

US Bands Austin Finale (@ Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex)

*Jaguar Band & Guard perform at 4:00 pm

November 7

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

MANDATORY: Band Boosters Grand Nationals Meeting (6:30 - 7:45 p.m. @ JHS Cafeteria)

November 8

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

November 9

Leave for BOA Grand Nationals--More information to come!

November 10 - 13

BOA Grand Nationals (Indianapolis & Lucas Oil Stadium)

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From the Director

And just like that, another week has gone by.

This past week we saw the Hays CISD Band Festival which was a huge success! What a great way to give back to our community, a free event that featured all three Hays CISD high school bands and all six of the Hays CISD middle school 7th and 8th grade band students. The event was incredibly well-attended and was an awesome opportunity to showcase our wonderful music programs and students.

The Hays Band Festival was followed the very next night by Middle School Band Night for Johnson High School. This was an opportunity for our Dahlstrom middle school and McCormick middle school eighth-grade band students to sit side-by-side and perform with the Johnson Jaguar Marching Band in the stands of the football game. What a great opportunity to get to allow those students to experience the excitement of Friday night lights. Although it was a Thursday night game the environment and experience were still exciting! What better way can we start to build the future of the Jaguar Band than by developing those relationships and creating excitement with our future Jaguar Band members from those two wonderful campuses.

As if that wasn’t enough in one week, we followed that up with our trip to the BOA Waco Regional. To say that our performance in Waco was successful, would be an understatement. We had hoped to move above our placement from last year, and we not only achieved that goal, but exceeded it as well. After finishing fourth in finals last year, the Jaguar Band moved up and finished second in finals this year. This placement put us ahead of two incredible programs that our Jaguar Band had never beaten prior to the BOA Waco regional. Although this was an incredible success, and we celebrate with our students, families and community, we have to continue to move forward for even greater challenges yet to come this season.

This week we start the week with two days off from school on Monday and Tuesday. Although we do not have school on Tuesday, we do have rehearsal from 5:00 - 8:00. These remaining rehearsals are incredibly important and we need every student there, focused and ready to work at their highest level!!

Speaking of rehearsals, we are super excited to bring in Mrs. Joni Perez as a consultant for Tuesday and Wednesdays rehearsals. Mrs. Perez is the former Director at the Woodlands HS, and whose band has won the BOA Grand National Championships. We look forward to her guidance and input to help us along our journey as we venture and make our way towards our BOA Grand Nationals performance.

We are also looking towards our last football game performance of the season this Friday at Westlake High School. We are excited to get to see the Westlake Marching Band, and to share our Jaguar Band’s performance with their parents and community.

Following the football game Friday will be the USBands Austin Finale Marching Festival held at Kelly Reeves Stadium in Round Rock. The Johnson Jaguar Band is the 2021 reigning CHAMPION of the USBands Austin Finale, and we are looking forward to continuing that standard of performance. A detailed schedule for both of these events will be sent out Wednesday morning.

Let’s enjoy the time off we have this weekend and let’s have an awesome upcoming week as we continue to work hard and make history with our Johnson Jaguar Marching Band.

As we end each week’s newsletter please remember that be it today or tomorrow: “It’s a Great Day to be a Jaguar!”

The Beat--A weekly update for Percussion specific information

Wow! Just wow! So proud of the students and their work this past week. It was a crazy busy week that culminated in another magical night. This is a special group and I absolutely can’t wait to see how this chapter ends. We need to keep working hard these last 2 weeks. And once again, attendance is crucial as we continue to put the finishing touches on the show. Make sure you are there and healthy. Please take care of yourselves, practice good hygiene, etc. We need everyone doing their part!

I sent a google form out regarding PASIC during our trip to Indianapolis. Please make sure you fill that out by this coming Tuesday so I can submit all the names. Remember this is going to cost $30 per person to attend. Here is the link:


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.


3/4/23 - JHS Percussion Ensemble Concert


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color guard corner

Color Guard Updates

Thank you for all of the bobbie pin and snack donations!

REMINDER: Please start checking your student's guard items in case they need gloves, jazz shoes, etc.. As we shared at the last booster meeting, your student shows up without uniform items (and assuming we have those in inventory), you will get invoiced for the items they needed. We do not "loan" these types of items. If they forget them, you will have to pay for them. Some of you will see invoices coming your way soon from previous games and competitions.

FUN FACTS about US Bands Finale:

  • Unlike BOA and many other marching competitions, USBands awards "Best Color Guard". This award will be awarded to the ensemble with the highest score awarded by the Color Guard adjudicator.
  • USBands' classification for participating ensembles is based on the total number of performers, not the size of the student population at their school. This count includes playing members, auxiliary (color guard, majorettes, etc.), and command personnel (drum majors, guard captains, etc.). Moe and Gene's classification at USBands will be Open-V (O-V). There are two bands in this classification.
  • Much like BOA competitions, US Bands finals is comprised of the top scoring bands, regardless of classification. US Bands selects the top 10 bands to compete at finals.

If you have questions about uniforms, invoices, etc., please don't hesitate to reach out to us at or

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


Michelle Silva and Ida Musgrove


Friday - Away game: summer uniform (black leggings, tank), low ponytail, game makeup (smoky eye, noticeable blush and lipstick), sneakers, and jazz shoes (for show).

Saturday - US Bands Finale: Time TBA per Mr. Lucita note above.

Arrive at band hall with show hair done (whether makeup also needs to be done by reporting time will be determined after the directors send out the detailed schedule on Wednesday) Change into unitard, show shirt, and sneakers; Bring jazz shoes, water jug, show bracelets, and show makeup; get costume.


*Please make sure you have all uniform items AND THAT THEY HAVE YOUR NAME/INITIALS! especially shoes...We recommend you use a paint pen on the inside of the shoe on the outside of the foot.

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 It takes 3-5 days to receive them.

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

Approved sneaker: Pastry Studio Trainer Dance Sneaker

  • Monday: blue
  • Tuesday: grey
  • Thursday: pink
  • Friday: black

10 days until Grand Nationals!

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At this time, we have ONE King room and ONE double room! Please contact Ida Musgrove at ASAP if you are interested. First come, first serve!

PAYMENT: If you have a room reserved with us, you should have received an invoice from the Johnson Band Boosters. As is noted in the invoice and online, please remember that the website platform requires a credit card charge. That charge could be up to $11.50. 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: Mandatory Meeting

Mark your calendars!

MANDATORY meeting for ALL Band and Guard PARENTS

BOA Grand Nationals Organizational Meeting

Monday, November 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

JHS Band Hall

BOA Grand Nationals Pre-lims schedule

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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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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  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!