Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 5/15/23

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Spring 50 Day Practice Challenge - DUE TUESDAY!!!!

We passed out the last practice challenge of the year just before Spring Break. Students must practice for 50 out of the 63 days available during the challenge to earn the prize. We will be renting out a movie theater to see a movie together with all of the students who complete the challenge!

Click here to find a copy of the challenge paper.

ALL HMS Bands Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 17th, 6pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

ALL HMS Band students will perform their spring concert on Wednesday, May 17.

The Beginner Band concert will begin at 6:00pm. Those students need to be at SHS at 5:15pm for warm-up/rehearsal before the concert. They will dress up for this concert. Boys - suit and tie, dress slacks with a collared shirt and tie, etc. Girls - dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants and blouse. If girls choose to wear a dress or skirt, it must reach their mid-calf. If their dress/skirt is shorter than that, LEGGINGS MUST BE WORN UNDERNEATH. The stage sits up higher than the audience! Please no jeans, sweats, or Crocs!

The Advanced Bands concert will begin at 7:30pm. Those students need to be at SHS at 6:45pm for warm-up/rehearsal before the concert. They will also dress up for this concert. Symphonic Band will wear the same types of things they wore to the holiday concert: Boys - suit and tie, dress slacks with a collared shirt and tie, etc. Girls - dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants and blouse. If girls choose to wear a dress or skirt, it must reach their mid-calf. If their dress/skirt is shorter than that, LEGGINGS MUST BE WORN UNDERNEATH. Honors Band and Wind Symphony will wear their contest uniform.

Pictures Wanted - Deadline FRIDAY 5/19

This year at end our Oodles of Noodles ensemble concert on May 22, we are putting together a slideshow presentation to celebrate all that our band students have done this year. We would love to add pictures that our families have taken throughout the year. We would especially LOVE to have all of our 8th grade students represented to celebrate your time in our program.

Please use this link to add pictures for the slideshow.

Oodles of Noodles Ensemble Concert & Dinner Fundraiser

Monday, May 22nd, 6-8pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Our 2nd Annual Oodles of Noodles concert will take place in the cafetorium on May 22. We will have small ensembles performing throughout the evening, with students from EVERY band participating. Beginner band students will get a chance to form an ensemble this week if they wish to participate.

The order form to purchase a meal at the concert can be found here. Order forms and payment (cash or check made out to Hudson Band Boosters) is due May 17. We will use all proceeds from this dinner to fund our summer camps and purchase supplies for next year.

Earring Raffle at Oodles of Noodles

This year, we will also be holding a raffle for a beautiful set of pearl earrings, valued over $100! You can purchase raffle tickets beginning this week and we will draw the winner at the Oodles of Noodles Concert. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Send cash or checks made out to Hudson Band Boosters to purchase a raffle ticket this week. These earrings would make a great late Mother's Day gift!

Percussion Marimba Rentals

Our percussion lesson teacher, Mr. Seltzer, has a number of practice marimbas that he is able to rent out to families who need a practice marimba at home. If you are looking to rent a marimba for the summer or the rest of this school year, please contact Mr. Seltzer to set that up with him.

High School Marching Band Movement Camps

If your student will be participating in marching band at any of the 7 GISD high schools next year, use this link to keep up with when they have movement camps.

More information about colorguard and drumline camps will be sent out when it is given to us.

Summer Band Camp Options

If you are looking for something for your student to do this summer, please consider sending them to a band camp around the metroplex or state. There are day camps and overnight camps that offer lessons, electives, and performance opportunities to give your student the chance to keep their skills up over the summer and make some new friends. This link is a list of camps we know to be reputable and we will be adding to it as we learn of more opportunities.
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Repeat Information

Log in to Charms

Please take a moment this week to log in to Charms.

Log in as a parent/student/member

The school code is hudsonsoundmachine

The password for first time users is your student's GISD ID number (should be 6 digits)

For non-first time users, your password should be your student's ID with their capitalized initials in front (i.e. HB123456) unless you've changed it to something else.

Please update contact information (add adults as necessary), check your student's birthday ID, instrument, etc. and make changes as necessary. If you have questions or have difficulty logging in, please contact Mrs. Becker.

School-Owned Instrument Usage Fees

If your student is using a school owned instrument (or is a percussionist), the school-owned instrument usage fee has been added to your student's Charms account. Woodwind and Brass players will now see a fall and spring fee for $25 each, or $50 for the whole year. Percussionists will see a fall fee for $25.

Oboes, bassoons, bass clarinets, tenor saxes, bari saxes, French horns, euphoniums, tubas, and the few students who play a different instrument that is owned by the school will see that fee now and can pay it by cash, check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), or through Charms (using Paypal).

This fee was originally supposed to be paid in Skyward, but we are adjusting the process for ease of charge and payment.

If you have any questions or have any issues logging in to Charms to check on fees, please let me know and I am happy to help!

BAND App Links

Because our band has grown so big, we can no longer use Remind. We have reached the maximum participants in multiple classes and do not have space for more unless we upgrade our account (which costs more than we wish to spend). We will be switching messaging services to the BAND app (which the Sachse HS band also uses) to align our cluster. Please sign up for the appropriate class(es) for your student. We will NO LONGER be using Remind, so if you were just signed up for band, you will not need that app/number any longer. Thanks for understanding!

22-23 ALL HMS Band Students/Parents

Beginner Band

Symphonic Band

Honors Band

Wind Symphony


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About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director