Jaguar Band Newsletter

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take note!

Reserve a Seat on One of Our Fan Buses

"Fan buses" are the buses that parents/guardians of band and guard members ride in...we are their "fans"!

*Students DO NOT need to sign up for a bus. They are already accommodated for through the band program.

*Pit Crew and Meal Plan members DO need to sign up too!

Click here to reserve a seat on a fan bus for one of our long-distance competitions.

Seats are limited so make sure to sign up soon! Drop dead date to reserve your spot is August 14th!

Thank you!

Friday Water Balloon Fight (Donations Needed!)

Friday, August 5, the Directors and Boosters are hosting a water balloon fight at the end of Summer Band practice!

Can you help us out by donating some easy fill water balloons packages? We will need them by Thursday, and you are welcome to come watch on Friday at 7:40pm! You can buy these packages at HEB, Wal-Mart, Target, or Amazon (see image for example, comes in various sizes).

Also, if you have any buckets or baskets we can borrow to hold the water balloons, that would be very helpful. Please label them with your students name before you send them in and we will send them home with you (or your child) on Friday.

* Prefer to Venmo the Band Boosters to help out with these donations instead of shopping and sending items in? That works too! You can donate at @JohnsonBandBoosters - just indicate "water balloons" in the Venmo note!


Water Balloons:

Saturday Jaguar Jamboree Water Bottle Sales (Donations Needed!)

Saturday, August 6, is the Johnson Jamboree (Band and Guard perform at 10am pep rally! See flyer below) and the Boosters have been given the opportunity to sell water bottles to guests.

This is a great opportunity to make some money for the band program! Our profit margin will be even higher if we get water bottles donated! If you can donate a case (or more!) of 16 ounce water bottles, we would appreciate it!

* Prefer to Venmo the Band Boosters to help out with these donations instead of shopping and sending items in? That works too! You can donate at @JohnsonBandBoosters. Please just indicate "water bottles" in the Venmo!


Water Bottles:

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites

Johnson Jaguar Football Season Tickets

Season tickets go on sale August 8 at 8 a.m. They go fast, so please plan to log on at 8 a.m. if you would like to try and purchase tickets. Click here to visit the Hays CISD Athletics Ticket Office.

Section GroupMe

Have you joined your section's GroupMe group yet? If not, email Carmen Sifuentes at and she will get you connected to the right person.

What is GroupMe?

GroupMe is a two-way communication app (can also be accessed on the GroupMe website on a computer). Each section has a Parent Section Lead. These PSL's each host their section's GroupMe. Your Section GroupMe is a great place to ask questions to other parents. If your PSL does not know the answer, they will check with a Board Member and get the information you need, or point you in the right direction. The Band Boosters also share important information over GroupMe that might not be emailed or shared on FB (like reminders).

In this week's newsletter

Spirit Week

Take Note!

  • Reserve a Seat on One of Our Fan Buses to Midland, Waco, or Grand Nationals
  • Friday, Aug. 5, Water Balloon Fight (Donations Needed!)
  • Saturday Jaguar Jamboree Water Bottle Sales (Donations Needed!)
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Johnson Jaguar Football Season Tickets

  • Section GroupME

This Week & Save These Dates
From the Director
The Beat--A Weekly Update for Percussion-Specific Information
Color Guard Corner

Important Announcements
  • No Parking

  • Moe Knows T-Shirt Fundraiser for Grand Nationals
  • 4th Annual Jaguar Jog Band Booster Fundraiser
  • Jag Swag store
  • Quotes for a Cause
  • Fly a Flag
  • Game Day and Competition Meal Plans: The Competition Meal Plan is Required.

Helpful Notes:

  • Staying informed
  • Service Hours
  • Get Involved! (Important Volunteer Information)
  • Save These Dates
  • Jag Band & Guard Photos
  • Stay Connected!

This Week & Save These Dates

August 1 & 2

Summer Band (@ JHS 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

August 3

Summer Band (@ JHS 12 - 8 p.m.) *late start!

Senior t-shirt orders due

August 4

Summer Band (@ JHS 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

Band Booster Committee Chair Training (6pm @ JHS Band Hall)

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

August 5

Summer Band (@ JHS 8 - 10:30 a.m. & 4 - 8 p.m.)

*Mr. Lucita is looking into whether students who do not yet drive and cannot be picked up can stay at Carpenter Hill Elementary with booster adult supervision until practice reconvenes at 4pm. Please know that he will send up an update this week as soon as he is able to!

August 6

Jaguar Jamboree (@ JHS; Band Performance Times TBA)

*Band and Guard perform at this event!

August 10

#MoeKnows t-shirt pre-orders due

August 12

Game Day Meal Plan payment due.


August 15

Spirit Night at MOD Pizza in Kyle (All Day)

Please show flyers or order online. Use the code: MODF8504 when ordering online.

August 16

First Day of School

August 26

JHS Football vs. San Antonio Clark (7 p.m. @ Shelton Stadium)

September 7

Spirit Night at Chipotle (5 - 9 p.m. @ Southpark Meadows)

Let the cashier you are there with the band. Online please use the code PFBH9MC. 33% of sales get donated to the cause, so please don't forget to let them know you are there for Johnson Band!

September 10

Competition Meal Plan payment due.


September 17

2022 - 23 Jaguar Jog 5K/10K (Registration is Now OPEN!)

FUNDRAISER benefitting Jaguar Band

Both the 5K and 10K will be essentially out and back courses starting and finishing on the Johnson High School Campus in Buda. 10K Course will exit out the north of the property to the Elliott Ranch neighborhood, then head back to the school. 5K will turn around at the gate and come back.

Thunder in the Hills Drumline Contest

Dripping Springs High School

JHS Percussion time TBA

September 24

US Bands San Antonio Showcase

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From the director

What a great start to this 2022 - 23 year!! It was awesome to see all of our returning Veteran members as well as the new faces of our Rookie members! The best part was the attitude and motivation that came from all our members! We need to keep this excitement building! This week we start learning DRILL!! If you are a student and haven’t already download the UDB Pro app, please make sure you have it on you device and establish your account. We will begin using it this week and you should be familiar with how to navigate around the app. Also, remember that this week we start our long days and that the schedule varies from last weeks. Remember to EAT BREAKFAST and apply and bring SUNSCREEN (to reapply) We also highly recommend HATS and SUNGLASSES!

Saturday was the Jaguar Band Uniform fittings and Photos. We will schedule a make up day for those who missed this date. However, this makeup date may not happen in time for the students’ picture to be in the fall football program. Once we can get the photographer to return to JHS with their green screen and equipment, we will push that information out to those still needing a picture.

This coming Saturday is the annual Jag Jamboree! It will be held at Johnson High School. There will be a detailed schedule and additional information distributed this week.

Can you say FUNDRAISER!! We officially launched or GroupFund Fundraiser on Friday afternoon. We can not stress enough how important it is that we share the links on how to donate to everyone we can and on every platform! This is a huge undertaking but is absolutely achievable if we work together! Share, Raise, Share, Raise, Share, Raise!

Let’s have another great week, and as always, “It’s A Greet Day To Be A Jaguar”!

The Beat--A Weekly Update for Percussion-Specific Information

Wow! What an amazing week we had! The level of preparation combined with a willingness to work hard has set us up for another great season. I know the students have had a blast this week. Monday we started our annual Percussion Olympics. There are 5 teams of percussionists, each led by one of our awesome senior members. Each day is a different “game/challenge” and teams are awarded points based on placement per event. Finding time to do team building/non band social activities is a must for our percussion family. I find it’s one of the most important things we do!

It is starting to shape up to be a very special year! I can’t wait for everyone to see how hard these students are working. This coming week we will start learning drill and learning more show music. Can’t wait to see the progress we make this week!

Don’t forget the following:

- Eat breakfast before arriving.

- ALL MUSIC - Exercises, stand tunes, show music, cadences, etc.

- Pencil

- A water jug that is filled prior to arriving. You MUST stay hydrated throughout the day.

- Sunglasses

- Hat

- Sunscreen

- Athletic shoes

- Comfortable loose fitting clothes. Preferably lighter colors.


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.


8/4/22 - HAYS CISD CONVOCATION - Time TBD (a.m.)

9/10/22 - Tom Green Elementary Hornet Races - 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

9/17/22 - Jag Jog @JHS - Time TBD

9/17/22 - Thunder in the Hills Drumline Contest @ Dripping Springs HS - Time TBD


color guard corner

TUNICS (in picture to the right):

Hey guard parents!! We need your HELP!!

We will get together next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm - 8pm at JHS and start working on cutting, hemming and ironing tunics to take them from long sleeve to sleeveless! (those long sleeves get HOT!) Any time you can donate will be much appreciated. No experience necessary! Come when you can!

Items to bring if you have them: fabric scissors, sewing gauge (small ruler) , iron, ironing board.

Thank you and hope to see you there. - Michelle & Ida

PRACTICE SHIRTS: The band wears white shirts to every band practice. To contrast placement on the field, the color guard wears colored shirts every practice. Members have been provided the shirts required below.

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

*Official black practice shirts ARE IN and will be distributed this week!

If your students has not received a blue, pink, or grey shirt, OR water jug, they should see Christina Rutherford, CG Captain.

JAGUAR JAMBOREE ATTIRE: black jaguar shirt (to be distributed to new members this week), black shorts (any solid pair - see Michelle Silva if you need to borrow a pair from guard inventory), and black summer uniform sneakers (to be distributed to new members this week).


9/10/22 - Tom Green Elementary Hornet Races - 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (with percussion)

*details TBA


Please make sure you have paid or have made payment arrangements for your guard fees with Mrs. Mendez (band secretary). The items you see listed below require payment up front. The timely payment of your fees are needed to reimburse the band program funds!

Items include:

  • summer uniform* (3-4 parts: exercise bra, tank, leggings/pants, and sneakers)
  • one set of black jazz shoes*
  • one pair of gloves*
  • one black unitard*
  • grey team jacket* (sizing and ordering will take place this week!)
  • black Jaguar practice shirt*
  • grey star ("Kenya") practice t-shirt
  • blue practice t-shirt
  • pink practice t-shirt
  • contribution towards Fall competition costume (same as band members)

*All of these fee items will be distributed once received from the companies.

Informal Photos from Uniform Fitting & Picture Day

Check out our Johnson Jaguar Band SmugMug for photos throughout the year. A few candid and information photos from Saturday's uniform fitting and picture day have been uploaded! The password is GoJags.

Senior Parking Lot Closed for Painting

Please do not park in the Senior Parking lot outside the Band Hall on these days. It will be reserved for Seniors to paint their spots. Thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14


Moe Knows T-Shirt Fundraiser for Grand Nationals

Moe Knows… Everyone at Johnson. It’s going to take the support of our awesome JHS community to get the band to Nationals in Indianapolis in November! Buy a #Moeknows shirt! Help us get there and show your school spirit! #BIA Moe & Gene Johnson High School


Each year, the Jaguar Band Boosters host the Jaguar Jog. It is an important fundraiser for our program and for our journey to Grand Nats! Please register and share with others! Please also shared the pdf below with businesses that might want to sponsor and to advertise at this well-attended community event that has had over 250 participants in past years!

new (and restocked) jag swag!

It's time to get your new and restocked spirit gear favorites for our fall season. Order online here today! We’ve added many new designs and returning favorites including our CLEAR BAGS, a necessity for games and competitions. Orders are filled weekly and pick-ups begin with the start of Summer Band Camp on Tuesday evenings at the end of rehearsals (7:45 - 8:15 p.m.) in the bus lane at JHS. Order yours today or stop by our table at the Jaguar Jamboree!

Quotes for a Cause

George Torres Farmers Insurance has partnered with to provide a unique opportunity to

raise money to support the JHS Band by requesting your free, no-obligation insurance quote! The goal is to raise money for the band and to give families peace of mind that they are paying a reasonable amount when it comes to insurance. His agency specializes in reducing student driver cost on family auto insurance. His agency will donate $10 to the JHS Band for each family that completes the attached quick survey. Your information will solely be utilized for a one-time, no-obligation quote and will be deleted once completed. There is no cap on how many families can participate in this opportunity but you must be over 18 years of age to receive a quote. Less than 1 minute to complete the survey could add up to an immeasurable amount of support for JHS Band. Plus, you might even save a lot on your insurance! Act quickly and share - the survey and this opportunity will only last through the Jaguar Jog on September 17th!

helpful notes

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:

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.

Stay Connected!

  1. Save our website
  2. Find copies of our Jaguar Band Newsletters at:
  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!

meal plans

Please note that the COMPETITION Meal Plan is REQUIRED. The Boosters are offering a meal plan program to all marching band students for summer band days, game days, and competition days. All meals are fast food and will include an entrée, chips, fruit, cookie and a water. Payment deadlines for meal plans are listed below.

The Competition Meal Plan is mandatory because it’s not possible for parents to know when the students can eat. Schedules are driven by the competition hosts. Click here for more information about the Competition Meal Plan.

The Game Day Meal Plan is optional.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Julie Hoes or Blanca Velez at or Ida Musgrove @

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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