Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 4/27/2020 - E-Learning Week 6

Great Work From Home!

Website Overhaul

Mrs. Becker has been working on a complete overhaul of our band website and would love for you to take a look. If you know any incoming 6th graders, there is now a page dedicated to new members with all kinds of information they will find helpful. Please take a look and share our website with friends and family! Keep sending pictures to Mrs. Becker if you want to be sure you are highlighted on the site. Sending them as texts through Remind is usually the best way!

Take Some Time to Laugh and Smile

Instrument Return

More information will come very soon about instrument returns. Please be on the lookout because there will be a short window to return instruments and we will need them ALL back to send to the repair shop to be cleaned this summer. If you are continuing private lessons over the summer and use a school-owned instrument, we are working on a plan for you. 8th graders continuing in band (and using a school-owned instrument) will receive information soon about picking up a marching instrument from the high school.

Google Classroom Info

This was sent out on Friday last week - please take a moment to read the information.

There seems to be some confusion with our students about the difference between “turning in” an assignment in Google Classroom and actually doing the work attached to the assignment.

I want to clarify to everyone that on each assignment we post in Google Classroom, there is an option to “turn in” the assignment in the top right corner. We have MANY students who are “turning in” assignments, but they haven’t done the actual work. Most of the assignments have a form to fill out, a quiz to take, or a playing assignment to be done either in SmartMusic or as a recording they must upload to the assignment.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND ACTUALLY COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT BEFORE YOU CLICK THE “TURN IN” BUTTON. We have spent tons of time making tutorial videos showing exactly how to complete the assignments and are very careful with our wording to make the instructions as clear as possible. Please read all instructions and use the tools/videos/tutorials we have provided before assuming you don’t know how to do something.

We know it can be overwhelming to some and are HAPPY to help in any way we can, but there are currently far too many students commenting that they can’t do an assignment when it is clear that they have not read the instructions or used any of the provided tutorial videos.

We are thinking of all of you and miss being with you every day! We are so proud of how well you are tackling this online learning and we also want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable with this style of education moving forward, in the event that we are working this way longer than we would like or expect. Please continue to ask for help when you need it, but also please try to problem solve before immediately assuming you are not capable of doing the work. You are capable of so much! We believe in you and know we will get through this!

Updated Google Meets Info

We are not having a great turnout at our class meetings right now. This is your chance to ask questions and get help if you need it. Please take advantage and join us when you can.

Hudson MS Band Virtual Meeting Links

1. Go to

2. Click on + Join or Start a Meeting

3. Type in your class nickname and click continue

**Mrs. Becker and/or Mr. Urban have to start the meeting for the nickname to work. Be patient. We start them 5-10 minutes prior to the assigned time.**

Mrs. Becker’s Class Meetings:

Wind Symphony - Mondays from 9:30-10:05am

Class Nickname: HMSWindSym

Symphonic/Concert Band - Mondays from 10:15-10:45am

Class Nickname: SymphHMS

Beginner Flutes, Double Reeds, Clarinets, Saxes, Percussion - Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30am

Class Nickname: BegBandHMS

Mr. Urban’s Class Meetings:

Honors Band - Mondays from 10:00-10:45am

Class Nickname: hmshonorsband

Beginner Trumpets - Tuesday from 10:00-10:25am

Class Nickname: hmstrumpets

Beginner Trombones - Tuesdays from 10:30-10:55am

Class Nickname: hmstrombones

Beginner Tubas/Euphoniums - Tuesdays from 11:00-11:25am

Class Nickname: hmstubas

Beginner French Horns - Tuesdays from 11:30-11:55am

Class Nickname: hmshorns

OPTIONAL FULL BAND MEETINGS - Fridays - 10:00-10:30am

**There is an OPTIONAL FULL BAND meeting on FRIDAYS to get help with assignments or answer questions from 10:00-10:30am.**

Class Nickname: HudsonHawkBand

Virtual Meeting Expectations/Norms

We need to make sure our students are following the expectations we set for them. Please be sure to adhere to the following expectations:

  • Do your very best to be in a QUIET environment.
  • Use headphones if you have them.
  • Press "mute" (left button under your video) IMMEDIATELY UPON joining any meeting.
  • Wear school-appropriate clothing.
  • If you are using the (preferred) video feature, we must be able to see your face.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director