Jaguar Band Newsletter

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In this week's newsletter

Take Note!

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


Helpful Notes:

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

TMF Store Closes TONIGHT!

Shop the Jag Swag Store by TMF!

Get additional summer band uniform pieces (white practice shirts, compression shirts with logo, etc.), family band and JAGuard specific spirit wear and MORE! DUFFLE BAGS are optional but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and this may be the only chance to get them in time for all the Fall band activities. Orders will ship directly to your home when ready. Production of all items begins after the store closes and should be received approximately 3 weeks later.

Shop here on our website under Jag Swag.

ORDER BY AUGUST 14 - This store closes automatically, so check their countdown clock! Items should be received prior to our first competition. (Please note that any items unable to be filled in a reasonable time due to supply chain issues/supplier inventory levels will be canceled and refunded by TMF.)

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Last week, the parent volunteers at the Band Aid tent noticed that students kept asking to refill ice at the first aid station. Please make sure your student fills their entire jug with ice and then adds water before leaving for school in the morning. They can always refill water, but they can't refill ice. We will not have enough ice for 240+ jugs after filling 2 cows and icing beverages for meals. If they fill it completely in the morning, it should last into the afternoon.


Build Props!

Sewing & Hemming Bibbers Day!

We are looking for volunteers with some basic sewing experience to sew hems and stirrups on the bibbers (pants). The sewing is straight and simple. We will show you how! We will be at the band hall on Saturday Aug. 20th from 10am to 2 pm. We will have some sewing machines but if you have one you can bring that would be great! Please click here to sign up!

Guard tunics: help make those hot tunics sleeveless!

Please join us in making our color guard tunics sleeveless. No sewing necessary! All you need are scissors, an iron, and an ironing board! We will provide the heat bond! Join us or take some home! We will be at the band hall on Saturday, Aug. 20th, 9am - 4pm! Please click here to sign up!

Financial Assistance/Asistencia Financiera

We know that this post-COVID world can be financially trying for families and never want a student to not participate or eat due to financial constraints. If you are having financial difficulties and need assistance with uniform supplies or meals (not fees), please know that you can contact your JHS Boosters for hardship assistance via Carmen Sifuentes at

If you need to make payment arrangements or financial assistance regarding fees, please contact Mr. Lucita at


Sabemos que este mundo post-COVID puede ser financieramente difícil para las familias y nunca queremos que un estudiante no participe o coma debido a limitaciones financieras. Si tiene dificultades financieras y necesita ayuda con el costo de uniformes o comidas (no tarifas), sepa que puede comunicarse con sus JHS Boosters para obtener asistencia por dificultades a través de Carmen Sifuentes:

Si necesita hacer arreglos de pago o asistencia financiera con respecto a las tarifas, comuníquese con el Sr. Lucita:

Order the 2022 Marching Show Parent Shirt

2022 Marching Show Parent Shirts are now available online! These shirts will be sold via preorder only through August 31.

  • These are for parents/fans only. Students will receive a separate show shirt at no cost this season.
  • Must be ordered through deadline of 8/31. Order will be placed on 9/1 based on preorders only.
  • Shirt colors have not been determined. Student shirts are historically a different color than parent shirts, and ours are generally brightly-colored to be noticeable in the stands and from a distance.

Click here to order before August 31!

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!

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.

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!

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).

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This Week & Save These Dates

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

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

August 18

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

Band Boosters Executive Board Meeting (6:30 - 9:30 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)

August 20

Band & Guard Work Day (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)

August 22

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

August 23

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

Band Boosters General Membership Meeting (6:30 - 8 p.m. @ JHS Band Hall)

August 25

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

August 26

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

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

August 31

Parent/fan show shirt orders due today! Click here to order. Students will receive their own version at no-cost.

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 9

JHS Football vs. Lake Travis (7 p.m. @ Shelton Stadium)

*Band & Rosettes Senior Night!

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

From the director

And just like that Summer Band is a wrap!! First we want to thank our wonderful parents for helping with all aspects of summer band! Our Med-Tent volunteers, our Uniform volunteers and our Meal Plan volunteers! What an awesome job done by each. We also want to thank those parents that helped turn the Band Hall into a Winter Wonderland on Friday, helping celebrate the students wrap up their Band Winter Olympics! What a weird and wonderful way to finish the week! :).

Speaking of wrapping up, we can not begin to brag on our students enough for the work ethic and energy that they brought to summer band every day!! In one of the hottest summers on record, they pushed through the heat and never quit working! We are super proud and impressed. We have learned drill for parts 1 & 2; have learned the music for parts 1, 2 & 3; and, have begun learning music for part 4! What a great start to the 2022 - 23 Marching Season! We have to keep this momentum moving forward as we continue into a history-making season, not only for Johnson High School but Hays CISD as well!!

This week is our first week of school, and it is important that we make sure we do not let the change to our daily schedule cause an impact on our progress! Everyone must remember to bring their instrument, water jug and a change of clothes for practice this week. We know there will be a ton of excitement as everyone gets to meet their teachers, meet the students in their classes and get to experience life as a high schooler at Johnson HS! However, it is extremely important that when the bell rings to dismiss school you head immediately down to the Band Hall to change clothes and get ready for rehearsal to start at 5 p.m.! Remember, our regular weekly after-school schedule is Monday & Tuesday 5 - 8 p.m. and Thursday 5 - 7 p.m. Please remember that all tutorials, appointments and meetings should be scheduled on any morning Monday - Thursday or after school on Wednesday. We will have a one hour practice on game days to run through the show and to rehearse with the Rosettes for their performance. Times for game day rehearsals are 7 - 8 a.m.

As we approach our first football game please note that you will receive a detailed schedule for that game day early in the week of each game.
If there is a marching competition on that weekend, the schedule will reflect the game and competition. We will typically find out our performance time at each contest either the week before the contest or early in the week of the contest.

Speaking of schedules, please plan to be at the Band Hall to pick your student up no later than 15 minutes after the published time for the end of rehearsals or when we return from games or contests. We do our very best to stay on schedule and will use remind to let everyone know our progress as we depart our location on the way home. Please do not wait until we arrive before you depart to pick up your student. This will allow everyone to get home at the earliest time possible.

Now that school is starting, the lesson teachers will beginning to implement their lesson schedule and times. If you or your student have not already spoken to the private lesson staff about lessons, we encourage you to do so. Private lessons are a major part of our success as a band program. During our class time, with 50+ students students in each band class, we can not give each student the individual analysis and attention that a private lesson can provide! We encourage all students to get enrolled in lessons.

We want to close this newsletter with the same concept that we started. What a great Summer Band and how awesome our students handled the long hours and heat! Let’s keep it going! Enjoy your Monday off, and, as always, “It’s A Great Day To Be A Jaguar”!

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

SUMMER BAND IS OVER!!!! WE MADE IT!!! This was by far the most productive summer band the percussion section has ever had. The amount of growth over the past 3 weeks was incredible! I am so proud of the students! Their work ethic was awesome and not once did I hear any complaints or negativity. The students really came together, continuing to form those bonds that are so important to the success of the group. I absolutely cannot wait to see what this group is able to accomplish!

School starts Tuesday and so does our after school rehearsal schedule. Please check the calendar for a list of all practice dates and times.

We are going to a new block schedule for the upcoming year. The current schedule is as follows for percussion:

Battery students will be in percussion class 1st and 5th periods.

Front Ensemble students will be in percussion class 2nd and 6th periods

Band classes are double blocked meaning that they meet everyday for 90 minutes. We realize some students may have conflicts with this and other electives. Those conflicts will be handled on an individual basis. Please contact me and we can work together to make sure all students are accommodated. The counselors are willing to help us get students in the right classes. Please be patient as these conflicts are resolved. We will have almost 3000 students attending Johnson HS this year!


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.


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

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 Saturday, August 20, 9am - 4pm to work 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

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


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.


MOD Pizza Kyle Spirit Night Fundraiser--TOMORROW, August 15!

Refuel and enjoy some extra time with your Band Family at our spirit night at Mod Pizza in Kyle. Use the code: MODF8504 when ordering online or tell your cashier prior to checkout you are there for the band event.


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!

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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