Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Weeks of 9/27/21 & 10/4/21

GISD Band Fest

Monday, Sep. 27th, 6:30pm

1209 East Centerville Road

Garland, TX


Wind Symphony students will perform. Family, friends, and community members are invited to attend the performance. You will see ALL 7 GISD high school bands perform their competitive halftime shows, ALL 12 middle school bands perform an individual song, and ALL 12 middle school bands perform together on the field. Purchase a ticket for $5 from any Wind Symphony band member or contact Mrs. Becker to purchase additional tickets.

A huge bonus is that our band gets to keep 100% of the profits from any tickets we sell. We've got 250 tickets available and can get more if needed.


Come Practice During Intersession

The band hall will be open Tuesday-Friday from 1-4pm during intersession for students who want to practice together, pass off things (music, scales, alphabet masters, rhythm rockers). Students are not required to attend, but I wanted to make the space available for anyone who would like to work together. Please use the back door/band hall (#11) to drop off and pick up if your student comes up to practice during intersession. I hope to see many of our students that week!

Are You Handy? Like to Build Things?

I have grand visions of organizing our percussion storage room over the next few weeks because it's too small and we have too much equipment. If you happen to be handy and want to help build shelves for our cymbals, drum pads, and drum stands, please let me know! This picture is similar to what I have in mind.

Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Oct. 11th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for our next Booster Club meeting to discuss upcoming events and finalize the plans for the Practice-a-Thon Fundraiser Party! The meeting will take place in person in the band hall at Hudson. Please enter through the back of the school, using door #11.


If you can help with donations of food, drinks, etc. for the Practice-a-Thon party or volunteer your time as a chaperone, please use the SIGNUP GENIUS to fill the band's needs for this huge fundraiser.

All students have received an envelope with a Practice-a-Thon Fundraiser Packet and can start asking for sponsors now!


Beginner Band Fall Demonstration Concert

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All Beginner Band students will stay after school to rehearse together before the concert begins. Students will wear their band t-shirt (send payment of at least $10 to receive the shirt) with jeans or dark pants - no shorts. We will eat a snack before the concert and parents are invited to join us in the BIG GYM for the concert at 6:00pm. We can't wait to show you what we've been learning this year!


Practice-a-Thon Fundraiser Party!!!

Friday, Oct. 15th, 6-10pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

The fundraiser party will take place throughout the school and is for band students only. Their goal is to raise $50 or more to earn prizes at the party. We will need LOTS of parent help and are still looking for donations for snacks and prizes as well as more chaperones. Please see below to help with those requests.

Car Decals & Yard Sign Orders

The Booster Club has started selling Hudson Band car decals and Hudson Band yard signs. The designs can be personalized with your student's name and instrument if you'd like. Deadline to place orders is Friday, October 15. Please allow 4-5 weeks to receive your items. Use the forms below to place an order.

Car Decal Order Form

Yard Sign Order Form

October/November Practice Challenge

In an effort to motivate our students to complete regular practice, we will be implementing a practice challenge for October and November. Students who turn in their practice records ON TIME (end of the day every Monday) with 140+ minutes for each week in October and November will be invited to the Pajama Dodgeball Elf Movie Extravaganza Party in December. The practice log that starts this challenge will be turned in on October 11, for minutes practiced over the Fall Intersession and Fall Break. Students are expected to practice for 140+ minutes over those two weeks combined and will submit one practice log for that time frame when we return on October 11. I hope this encourages our students to keep up their practicing and turn their assignment in each week on time!

What Should We Be Practicing?

Practicing should happen daily to help build coordination and muscle memory and retain progress. Students should practice sitting in a real chair (preferably one that doesn't roll/spin), using a music stand, with a metronome. Please make sure woodwind players are properly swabbing out their instrument at the end of every practice session to keep their instruments clean!

Beginner Band:

Practice for the Demonstration Concert - Posture chant, Alphabet Masters Level 1 A, D, G; Alphabet Masters Level 2 B, C; Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 Line 3, Unit 2 Line 4, Unit 3 Line 3 clapping and counting, then playing on Concert Bb; Class specific playing example; Hot Cross Buns clapping and counting, naming and fingering, then playing. After that continue working on your Musical Mastery warm-up exercises and pages 6-8 in Sound Innovations.

Symphonic Band: Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, and Eb scales, rhythm chart 1-5, Machine 1, Imperial March, 7 Nation Army, ESPN

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 6.5-9, Fight Song, Imperial March, On Your left, Hey Song, 7 Nation Army, Creatures in the Attic, Midnight Madness

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), All-Region music, rhythm charts 7-8, Star Spangled Banner, Don't Stop Believin', Shake it Off, Armor of the Mystic

Reminders from Previous Updates

ALL Smores In One Place

If you would like to bookmark the link below, I will be adding the weekly Smores to this page so you can reference every week when you need to without digging through old emails. You can also find the Smores on the band website and on your students' Canvas page for band.

ALL Hawk Band Updates

New Band T-Shirts

We are continuing to give out band shirts to students as they make payments towards their band fees. A minimum payment of $10 will allow your student to receive their shirt. Cash, check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), or Paypal in Charms are available payment options.

We have given parent shirts to students whose parents have made the payment for their shirts as well. If you have not received your shirt and believe you should have, please contact Mrs. Becker.

Instrument Usage Fees in Skyward

If your student plays a school-owned instrument (oboe, bassoon, tenor/bari sax, French horn, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and select others), their district school-owned instrument usage fee is reflected in their Skyward account now. These directions to submit an online payment in Skyward should help you with completing that payment. Please let Mrs. Becker know if you have questions.
Using the Charms System for Band

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director