Jag Band Update 5/28/23

Hey folks,

Happy Sunday! A couple nights ago, we had the pleasure of watching our outstanding senior class (who earned almost $700,000 in music scholarships) walk across the stage and graduate. Personally, I only knew them for a year, but it felt like so much longer. It was great to see them one last time, and they’re going to be so, so missed by everyone. I know our Junior class is ready to rise to the occasion and fill those seniors’ shoes and take ownership of this band next year – I can’t wait to see what they do! 
We’re two days away from our “movement camp” and the directors have planned some great activities for everyone to get their bodies moving in unconventional ways and push our comfort zone right out of the box. This camp will involve stretching, workouts, “across the floor” exercises, dance, and character/acting work so dress appropriately, and come to camp with an open mindset. 
Also, more details on this below, but our apparel store is open for one more week before it closes for the first time and items are shipped to your home 🙂


📆Schedule at a glance

This week
Tuesday: 8:00-12:00 Movement/Body Camp (all 2023 members)
Wednesday8:00-12:00 Movement/Body Camp (all 2023 members)
Thursday8:00-12:00 Movement/Body Camp (all 2023 members)
Friday8:00-12:00 Movement/Body Camp (all 2023 members), 9:00-4:00 SASI Drum Major Camp (DMs only)
Saturday: 9:00-4:00 SASI Drum Major Camp (DMs only)
Next week
Tuesday: 8:00-5:00 Open band hall for In-Town Tuesdays
Friday: TBA MISD Movement Camp (leadership, seniors, and veteran members – we can send 40 people)
Saturday: TBA MISD Movement Camp (leadership, seniors, and veteran members – we can send 40 people)




Congratulations class of 2023!

Hello 2023-2024 Concert Bands!


👀Upcoming Events

Movement/Body Camp (repeat from last week)

Tuesday-Friday (5/30-6/2) 8:00-12:00

ALL members of the 2023 camp should attend

Attire: athletic shoes (no CROCs, basketball, or skating shoes), athletic bottoms (shorts, sweatpants), loose fitting athletic top (any color)

This camp in completely indoors and will introduce all new across the floor exercises, a new body warm up/routine we’ll use throughout the year, and all new music & movement exercises. All members of the band attend this camp. The exercises introduced in this camp will be part of the Varsity Marching Band Auditions in early August.


SASI Drum Major Camp (DMs only)

Friday-Saturday (6/2-6/3) 9:00-4:00

Drum majors only

This will be held at either Mansfield HS or Summit HS (will get confirmation this week). Drum Majors, I’ll send info on this to you soon. 


MISD Movement Camp

Friday-Saturday (6/9-6/10)

All available leadership, then open spots will go to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores

This will be held at Legacy HS. June 9, 2023 – 4pm – 8pm (Students & Directors). June 10, 2023 – 8am – 12 (Students) & 1pm – 4pm (All Directors)

Sign up will be posted on the BAND app later today!


👏Action Items (lots of them)


2023 Apparel

The store is open now until June 4th!

Just a reminder that now is the time to purchase your apparel for next year. An email was sent out last week with all the details. If you can’t find that email, click HERE (BTW, all Jag Band Updates and emails I send to students/parents are also uploaded on the website for easy access). All items will be shipped to your home. Refer to the email for items you need to purchase.


Join our 2023 Remind

Open the Remind App or text 81010. Our 2023-2024 remind codes are:

General student remind (students only): @sjb2324 

General parent remind (parents only): @sjb2324p


2023 BAND App

Don’t forget so sign up for the BAND app – our communication hub for the entire band program!

Students, and parents/guardians: https://band.us/n/afa99cC8ocz7d

Parents/guardians only: https://band.us/n/a1a592Cbo0zcr

Students: be sure to have your full name, and a picture of yourself in your profile

Parents/guardians: have your full name and affiliation like “Kenny Doe (Jane Doe’s dad)” and adding a picture is optional for you.


💲2023 $50 Uniform Deposit

Due June 2nd

This first payment of the 2023 season allows us to purchase our competition uniforms that take 2-3 months to produce. Here’s how you/your student can pay:

Cash: in a sealed envelope with student name and amount enclosed written on the envelope and put in the white mailbox in the band hall.

Check: made out to Summit Band Boosters with the students’ name written somewhere on the check and put in the white mailbox in the band hall. 

Online: go to www.summitband.com, click parents, click “Jaguar Band Payments” (or click HERE) and follow the instructions. You must add 4% to your total when paying online. There’s a calculator on the website, or you can use your own calculator and multiply what you’re paying by 1.04. This means you’ll make a $52 payment if you pay online. Gotta love those “convenience fees”.


💲2023 $70 MISD Instrument Rental Fee Notice

Due April 2024

In the effort of total transparency, MISD requires the band programs to charge a onetime $70 instrument usage fee per year if your student uses a school instrument. Luckily, this is not “per instrument” – so if multiple school instruments are used, it’s still just one $70 fee. This helps with the cost of maintenance, cleaning, and replacement parts for the instrument. This does not cover negligence/ dropping the instrument. 

The reason why this is a separate post is this money goes into the school activity account which has separate rules (this is new this year). You can choose to pay this now, at registration day, or any time during the next school year BUT it must be paid separately from other payments. You can pay:

Cash: in a sealed envelope with student name, amount enclosed, labeled “instrument fee”, then put in the white mailbox in the band hall.

Check: made out to Summit Band (no boosters) with student name and parent drivers’ license number on the check and “instrument fee” on the memo line, then put into the white mailbox in the band hall. 

Online: You cannot pay this through our website. You will be able to pay via payk12 when the school year starts.


💲2022 Band Fees and Payments

Past Due

Hey folks, thank you to everyone who was able to clear out their band fees this year. We’re rolling over about $21,788 in unpaid band fees going into next year. You can make payments online (click HERE), bring cash/check into the band hall throughout the summer, or pay it off at Registration Day. Getting these payments taken care of is going to set us up for success this coming season as we push to make state marching contest!


Summer Lessons

If your student made the top band (Wind Ensemble) they are required to be in lessons throughout the school year, or if your kiddo made Symphonic Band or Concert Band and has aspirations to be in the top ensemble at some point in their high school career, they should definitely take lessons. Well over 80% of the Summit Band is in lessons – which is by far the biggest reason we are successful as a program, but our goal is 100%. Remember at the top of this email, our 2023 seniors earned $700,000 in music scholarships – this didn’t include academic scholarships or financial aid. Lessons had everything to do with this. 

We have some fantastic educators on “faculty” and getting started during the summer is a great way to keep those chops up. Contact one of our private lessons teachers to set up today. Cost is $20 per half hour over the summer, but there are half-scholarships available provided by the boosters that last August through May. Applications for those scholarships will be out during July band camp. https://summitjaguarband.cadenza.works/about/lessons/


🚨New Programs This Summer


“In-Town Tuesday” Rehearsals (one final reminder on this)
Every Tuesday throughout the Summer
If you and/or your kiddo happen to be in-town, we want them to come up to the school for a sectional with one of the directors, a tech, and/or a section leader. We will go over a daily fundamental routine, music exercises related to our Varsity Marching Band Auditions in August, stand tunes, and the marching show! Average sectional time should be about two hours and I would like them to take place in the time window of 8:00-12:00, although the band hall will be open until 5:00 that day. The scheduling of these sectionals will be the section leader’s responsibility. This will also be the designated day that summer lessons can/will take place. 
Summer Workout Social on the BAND app (one final reminder on this, more details later!)
I’d love to start a thread on the BAND app which sole purpose is to share “what are you doing this summer?” posts (especially with video or photos since it’s just more interesting than text) and specifically anything geared towards staying active: gym, running, yoga, just being outside etc… The fact is, the better in shape you are, the easier summer band is going to be! It also sets us up for a better season when we can focus more on the performance. Honestly, I just enjoy seeing the posts and staying in touch with everyone over the summer and I think it’s a great way for people to interact, but it’s also just good motivation and fun to see what others are doing, it’s also an opportunity to show your personality and let people get to know you better. It shouldn’t be a stressful thing but should be fun. 
We’re going to have the leadership team take the lead in June, and then ask everyone else to jump in for July, but everyone is welcome to post in that thread and we’d love to see what you’re up to this summer! 

That’s all for now. See you soon and have a terrific Week!

Travis Whaley
Director of Bands
Mansfield Summit High School
1071 Turner Warnell Rd
Arlington, TX 76001
682-314-0972 (office)