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Thunder in the Hills 2022

Best Font Ensemble (Second Year in a Row!)

Best Quads

Third Place Overall in Intermediate-Large Division

For more photos, check out our SmugMug folder for Thunder in the Hills here!

The password is GoJags.

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In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

  • Calling All "Dudes with Drills"!
  • No Parking this Week
  • Pit Crew/Prop Crew/Front Ensemble Crew Important Update
  • Sign-Making Party
  • Competition Day Send-Offs
  • Game Day Meal Plan Menus
  • Johnson Band SmugMug Photos Login/Password
  • New (And Restocked) Jag Swag!
  • BOA Grand Nationals Tickets Now On Sale
  • Dressing Room Supplies
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

BOA Grand Nationals: Housing Update and Information Packet

  • Quotes for a Cause
  • Fly a Flag

Helpful Notes:

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

take note!

Calling All "Dudes with Drills"!

Calling all of our “Dudes with Drills”!! We are WAAAAYYY behind schedule if we are to have props ready for competition this week…so ALL HANDS ON DECK this week during practices please???

No Parking this Week

HEADS UP! Please do NOT park behind Guard Room this week. (That's the small parking area right next to the Band Hall.) Build Crew will need that space to finish putting vinyl on props! We WILL be in full competition costume and production at this weeks game!!!

Pit Crew/Prop Crew/Front Ensemble Crew Important Update

Competition weekends are approaching! The Pit Crew is so lucky to have so many people signed up to volunteer. We did run into some confusion on pushing props last game night. We had volunteers come and assign themselves to a prop that we had already had assigned to someone who was actually signed up to the “Signup Genius”. We really do appreciate your willingness to help and actually did need the help with some props. At the BOA competitions coming up we can only have the 35 members who have signed up to help push props onto the fields and off. Due to restrictions & possible points taken off the show, only these 35 members will receive a field pass to do so. Pit crew is expected to be at the competitions throughout the whole day to be available to push props when ever needed, and help load trailer at the end of these competitions. With that being said anyone who wanted to sign up but our list was filled, is welcome to come help load trailers, and unload at the competition site. For those who are signed up on any given competition and have something come up that will keep you from helping please reach out to Michelle Flores @, or M.B, & Sylvia @ You may also reach out to us using Groupme. This way we can find someone who can fill in for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


Syliva & MB Kidd

Sign-Making Party

Thursday, September 22

5 - 7 p.m.

We will have supplies on hand to help everyone make their signs. If you need inspiration or help making signs, please join us on that day!

Competition Day Send-offs

Our first full-band competition is Saturday, September 24, and our first send-off of the season will be that day, too. Send-offs are a tradition at Johnson High School of cheering for the students as the buses pass us on 967. We bring signs, including the infamous "big head" signs, to show our students support as they head to the competition. We stand along the road and enthusiastically cheer as the band passes by, and the students enjoy seeing everyone. The location and time will be given to everyone as soon as we know the departure schedule for the band, so watch social media and the GroupMe texts to know where to be next Saturday.

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Johnson Band SmugMug Photos Login/Password

Thanks to our band parent volunteers, we have photos from every football game, competitions and other band & guard events. Click here to browse photos from this and past years. The password is "GoJags". Photos are available for download. No need to purchase! Enjoy!

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!

BOA Grand Nationals Tickets Now On Sale

2022 Grand National Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, November 10 - 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Featuring 100 competing bands, plus exhibition performances by:

  • Ohio University "Marching 110"
  • University of Northern Alabama "Marching Pride of North Alabama"
  • Western Carolina University "Pride of the Mountains Marching Band"

Tickets for Grand Nationals are available through TicketMaster in advance, including Reserved Semi-Finals and Finals seats. All Finals seats are are reserved seating. Click here to order yours early for the best available seats.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites

Uniform Washing Crew *we need 5 more members!

Calling all of our “Dudes with Drills”!! We are WAAAAYYY behind schedule if we are to have props ready for competition this week…so ALL HANDS ON DECK this week during practices please???

Time to assemble the feathers for the top hats! Please join us this Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during after-school practice in the back hallway to assemble the feather accessory that will be used on the hats. No special skills necessary! We promise - it is NOT difficult! The band and guard will be in FULL COMPETITION COSTUMES at this week's game and our first competition this Saturday!

Game Day and Competition Day Support

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This Week & Save These Dates

September 19

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

Volunteer help needed during rehearsal: please see Volunteer Opportunities Above.

September 20

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

Volunteer help needed during rehearsal: please see Volunteer Opportunities Above.

September 21

Community Parade and Pep Rally (5 - 8 p.m. @ Buda Amphitheater & City Park)

Summer Uniform

September 22

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

Sign-Making Party for Parents (5 - 7 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)

Volunteer help needed during rehearsal: please see Volunteer Opportunities Above.

September 23

UIL Eligibility Cut-off Date

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

JHS Football vs. Anderson (7:30 p.m. @ Shelton Stadium)


Full competition costumes!

September 24

Hornet Invitational Marching Contest (@ East Central High School (Click here for map.)

Join our Facebook Event!

Performance time: 2:30 p.m.

Spectator Entry Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for students (Educators, Silver Pass and Children 5 years old and under FREE)

September 26

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

September 27

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

September 29

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

September 30

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

JHS Football vs. Dripping Springs (7:30 p.m. @ Dripping Springs High School)


October 1

Rocket Review (@ D. W. Rutledge Stadium (Click here for map.)

Join our Facebook event!

Performance time: 7 p.m.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students

October 8

Bands of America (BOA) Midland (@ Astound Broadband Stadium)

West TX Regional Championship

Prelim Performance time: 4 p.m.

Join our Facebook event!

October 11

UIL Marching Contest (@ Burger Stadium)

Performance Time TBA

Join our Facebook event!

October 15

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

October 22


October 29

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

Join our Facebook event!

From the director

Can you say Contest Week! That is exactly what is happening this week. But, before we get to what is coming up, we need to take a second and acknowledge the success of our Jaguar Drum Line from this past Saturday.

Our Jaguar Drum Line and Front Ensemble traveled to Dripping Springs on Saturday to compete in the Thunder In The Hills Drum Line Contest. The Drum Line and Front Ensemble had a great performance and came away tied for 2nd in their division. After the tie breaker the Jaguars finished in 3rd place. In addition to finishing near the top of their division, they also walked away with two best in division awards. Both the Jaguar Drum Line Tenors and Front Ensemble were selected as the Outstanding groups in those captions! Congratulations to all of our percussion students!!

Let’s take a look at this coming week! We have something every day this week! M, T, Th & F rehearsals, Wednesday Parade and Community Pep-Rally, Friday Football Game and Saturday Marching Contest!

Wednesday is the Homecoming Parade and Community Pep-Rally. The Parade will begin downtown and travel to the Buda Park Amphitheater for the Pep-Rally. A detailed schedule will be emailed early this week, in addition to the football and contest schedule. Students will meet at the parade location at 6:15, parade begins at 7:00. Students will be dismissed from the pep rally. Again a detailed schedule will be emailed this week.

Saturday is our first marching contest of the season! The Jaguar Band will travel to San Antonio on Saturday to compete in the Hornet Invitational Marching Contest! This festival is a prelims only festival and will not have a finals performance for competing bands. This means that the students will return in time and those who chose to attend the Homecoming Dance be able to do so.

Let’s have another great week!! As always “It’s A Great Day To Be A Jaguar!”

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

AND WE ARE OFF!!!! What an incredible start the the season with our performance at the Thunder in the Hills Percussion Invitational! Super proud of the work the students have been putting in to get to this point. We placed 3rd in the Intermediate Large Division and took home best Front Ensemble and Best Tenors caption awards. We received lots of really great feedback from the judges. See the score breakdown here. (Recap.)

Special shout out to ALL of the parents who helped make this event great for our kiddos. We appreciate everything you do!!!

This week is gonna be a busy one! Normal practice schedule as well as the Homecoming parade on Wednesday evening. Front Ensemble members are not required to attend the parade and pep rally but are welcome.


Please keep up with your student’s grades. We are coming up on progress report 2 and that is the most important one of the year. Students can lose their eligibility if they are not passing ALL of their classes with at least a 70. We can’t afford to lose anyone! PASS THOSE CLASSES!!!!!


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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9/21 Community Pep Rally Uniform: Summer uniform, black sneakers, low ponytail

9/23 Game Uniform: Competition costume, show hair up (not low ponytail), show makeup [COMPETITION HAIR AND MAKEUP WILL BE PROVIDED SOON IN THE NEXT GUARD NEWSLETTER]

*Students MUST wear black no-show THIN socks with black jazz shoes. Wearing jazz shoes without socks not only makes them smell very bad, the shoes can give you blisters.

**Students without jazz shoes on performance day will NOT be allowed to perform! Make sure you have everything packed the night BEFORE game / competition day!

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

BOA Grand Nationals: Update and 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 Midland:

Performance time: 4 pm

Please note on the BOA Midland daily schedule that the presentation of awards does not take place until 10:45 pm. Students will still need to 1) hopefully celebrate and take pictures, 2) load buses, and 3) change clothes and settle in for the long drive home. The actual schedule will be released by directors as we get closer to the competition date. However, based on last year’s experience, please know that we do not anticipate returning to JHS until around 5 am.

There is still room on the Fan Bus. If you would like to sign up, please do so here:

BOA Waco:

Schedule is not out as of yet but last year the finale wasn’t until 10:45 pm. Again, based on last year’s experience, please know that we do not anticipate returning to JHS until around 1:30 am.

BOA Grand Nationals

Update on HOUSING requests for BOA Grand Nationals!

The reply I received from our BOA Housing POC regarding our request for additional rooms at the student’s hotel is that he “can likely add these rooms” but he would like to confirm with the hotel and will get back to me early this week. For those of you that submitted via the form or that contacted me directly, please know that I will let you know as soon as I get word!

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


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!

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

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!