How To Band Guide
You Have Questions, We Have Answers!
High School Band comes with it's own language and traditions. There is a lot to learn! So we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions. Hopefully you will find your questions and concerns addressed here. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please email a director or band booster officer for assistance. Detailed information about band can be found in the following documents: The Jaguar Band Student Handbook and the Parent Guide to Jaguar Band (English & Spanish).
Frequently Asked Questions
How can band parents stay informed?
What is the time commitment for band?
Per Texas State (UIL) Law, before/after school activities are only allowed to practice for 8 hours per week once school has begun. During the summer, we have a Band Camp that runs during the weeks leading into the school year. These weeks are more intensive to prepare us for the marching season. When school starts, the band will practice after school. During the marching season there are Friday night football game commitments (performances) as well as Saturday Contests (competition) throughout the Fall Semester. The marching season finishes during the first part of November, and then the Band will only play at football games.
What are the uniform requirements?
Are there any uniform restrictions during marching season?
What is "report time"?
Report time is the designated time that the students must be ready (dressed, full water bottle, instrument ready, etc.) and in the JHS Band Hall or other assigned area and ready to practice, perform, etc.
What is the "no pass, no play" policy?
What is Charms?
Does "Band" include Color Guard?
At JHS, the term Johnson Jaguar Band emcompasses all band and color guard students. We are one unit and one family. In the fall marching season, any band activity includes both musicians and color guard and the term "band" refers to everyone. In the spring concert season, our musicians begin working as ensembles and our color guard begins competition in the winter guard season.
Who does "Winds", "Percussion", and "Guard" refer to?
Sometimes our Directors refer to a specific subsection of the band with the terms winds, percussion and guard. Winds refers to any student who plays an instrument - something you blow wind through. Percussion refers to our front ensemble and drumline musicians. Guard (or sometimes JAGuard) refers to our color guard students.
Are there additional fees and how do I pay them?
Students have an annual "Fair Share" fee that cover costs such as new member summer uniforms, performance top, drill designers, music writers, guest clinicians, marching techs, program designer, drivers, props, tarps, and flags. There may be additional fees for instrument rentals and color guard. These fees are charged annually and invoices sent to families in the late spring/early summer that apply to the next school year.
I'm new here, what exactly is a Booster?
A booster - in this case, a Johnson Band Booster (JBB) - is a parent/guardian of a student in the Jaguar Band or one of our middle school feeder programs. You became a JBB when your student first chose band in 6th grade!
What do Boosters do?
We provide support in the form of volunteer time and money. Both of these aspects are extremely important! Without volunteers, we cannot raise the necessary funds to support the Jaguar Band program or provide physical assistance in the form of uniform fittings, truck driving, feeding the band, etc.
When/where do you need my help?
The short answer is now and everywhere! Our volunteer coordinators can help you find your niche so that your time and talents have the greatest impact on our program.
Why do we do this?
We do this to support our band students and staff. While they are perfecting their shows, we are behind the scenes raising the funds necessary to provide everything they need. We are also fitting uniforms, ordering meals, driving trucks and chaperoning trips. It is a group effort and we need you to make it happen!
Can I have booster funds allocated directly to my student's account?
The IRS prohibits booster clubs from distributing any funds to individual members. Booster club funds and events must benefit the group as a whole, not its individual members.
What is the 8 Hour Rule?
The 8 Hour Rule is a specific set of guidelines for rehearsals outside the regular school day. Our directors are keenly aware of the rule and work well within the guidelines. Here's the link to the UIL page explaining the rule: http://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/eight-hour-marching-band-rule-qa
Do we REALLY need all this fundraising? Where does the money go?
Yes… we really do! Each year, JBB donates thousands of dollars for things like props for the marching shows, summer band instructors, region master classes, and marching technicians. Funds are also used for Color Guard expenses, new instruments and equipment, and travel expenses like trailer upkeep and insurance costs. We know that fundraising isn’t everyone’s favorite thing… but it truly is necessary to allow our band to maintain the current level of performance and success.
What is Summer Band?
In order to get the band prepared for our marching performance, students are required to attend marching practice in the weeks leading up to the beginning of school. Attendance is required for all band students. Students will need to report to summer band with their instrument, full band water jug, good athletic shoes, lunch & snacks, their phone, and sun protection (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.).
Is attendance required?
Yes. It is imperative to the marching programs success to have all students attend Summer Band. Please consult the band calendar for summer band dates, and plan your vacation accordingly. Dates are published well before the end of the prior school year to help families plan summer vactions but generally begin the week beginning with the first day of August. Our SLT (Senior Leadership Team) students will have training in mid-July as well that is required and will be published during the application process. Allowances are made for students marching with DCI.
Are drinks provided?
Are meals provided?
No, meals are not provided but meal plans will be available for purchase from the band boosters website prior to the beginning on summer band. Deadlines will be published and all meals will be provided if you opt to purchase the meal plan. Students not purchasing the meal plan will need to bring any meals with them. Students are not allowed to leave during their break.
What should my student wear?
1. Hats and sunscreen are REQUIRED for outside during summer band. Save your skin!
What if my student is unable to attend a specific day or has a conflict?
Attendance is REQUIRED of all band students unless the Head Director approves an absence. The dates are announced as much as a year in advance for returning band members, and at least 3-4 months for new students to give families an opportunity to plan vacations. A conflict form is available for unavoidable absences and should be turned in to the Head Director as soon as possible but does not guarantee approval of any absence.
What is the typical schedule of a game day?
What should my student wear?
As it is still hot during most of our football games, band students will wear their SUMMER UNIFORM unless otherwise instructed by the Head Director. This uniform is covered by band fees and is provided by the band program for incoming (first year) band students. The uniform includes khaki shorts, black band polo, black cap, and black band shoes. Summer uniform items that must be purchased by families are black belt and SHORT black socks.
What does my student need for game day?
On Game Days students need to bring:
Am I allowed to visit my student at the football game?
Football games are considered to be an extension of the classroom, and for everyone’s safety adults are not allowed into the band section of the stands. This helps us to keep everyone safe. Students are not allowed to accept food and beverages from parents while at football games unless given permission from the Band Director. To keep our uniforms clean, students will only drink water and not eat while in uniform.
How will I know when to pick my student up?
Students are encouraged to call/text their parents on the way back to the school from the stadium, but an expected end time will always be posted. Directors will also communicated anticipated arrival times via the Parent Remind 101.
At home games, can my student drive themselves to/from Shelton Statdium? Can I take my student directly home after games?
No. Band students work together to load instruments, props, and equipment for transport to and from Shelton Stadium and again back into the JHS Band Hall upon our return at the end of the night. Students must travel to and from all band events via bus unless prior approval from the Head Director.
What are band competitions?
Just like other sports, Marching Band participates in scored contests. These contests usually take place on Saturdays. Competitions are divided into Preliminary Performances and Final Performances. Please consult the Marching Band Calendar for the dates of contests.
What is the difference between UIL and BOA competitions?
What is a typical schedule for competition days?
If the band has a long break time between performances, can I take my student home?
Will meals be provided on competition days?
Yes, a competition meal plan will be available for purchase through the Band Boosters website and is the only REQUIRED meal plan. Meal times will vary according to the competition performance schedule which make it impossible for parents to bring meals for students. Please contact the Head Director with any issues. Students are encouraged to bring snacks.
Should I send money with my student?
Yes! If time allows we do allow students to shop for souvenirs and snacks.
What are the ticket prices?
Prices for competitions vary. UIL competitions only require one (1) ticket. BOA competitions have separate tickets for the Preliminary Performance and the Finals Performance. You do have the option of buying each separately or you can purchase the combined ticket.
Am I allowed to clap and cheer at competitions?
Yes! In fact we encourage you to make some noise for our band! Please be aware of any specific rules or guidelines for competition behaviour based on the event we are attending. We also try to post on our Facebook page where your Jaguar Band Family is sitting in the stands so we can be a large cheering section for our band.
What is concert season?
In the Spring semester the band gears up to participate in the UIL Concert programs. Each band will have 3 pieces that they will perform at the UIL Concert competition.
What are the uniform requirements for concert season?
Am I allowed to attend the UIL Concert?
Yes! Parents and friends are encouraged to attend the UIL performance. The dates, times and locations will be published on the Band Calendar and in the Booster Newsletter. There will also be Pre-UIL performances scheduled at the PAC (Performing Arts Center) about 1 week before UIL that you can attend.
What is the correct UIL Concert etiquette?
What is Region & State Band?
Just like in middle school band, students in the Johnson Jaguar Band compete in the TMEA All-State (Region Band) process! Students select music and perform their piece(s) before a panel of judges. Those scoring high enough are named to the All-District, All-Region or All-State Band - the top honor for musicians.
What musical pieces do the students play?
Students are assigned 3 etudes at the beginning of the year.
When are auditions?
Auditions are held during the months of November, December, and January.
How do students prepare for these auditions?
Students participate in weekly Master Classes (sectionals) throughout the Fall semester to prepare for the auditions. Private lessons are also instrumental for success and to work on individual technique and improvements.
Are there any requirements to volunteer?
All volunteers MUST COMPLETE the Hays CISD Volunteer Application (Volunteesr in Public Schools or VIPS). This is a requirement to volunteer with the Band in ANY capacity and must be renewed annually. Please complete the application HERE.
How can I volunteer?
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of volunteers to make our Band successful. We have an assortment of volunteer opportunities that appeal to a variety of different skills and interests. And the good news is that it is easy to get involved! Please see our website volunteer page (located under "I Want To . . . Volunteer) to learn the opportunities available and get involved. You can also approach any Booster Executive Board Member and they can help you get involved. There is a place (and a need) for everyone!
What is Color Guard?
What is the dress code for color guard?
Dress Code varies slightly for color guard as compared to the rest of the band.