Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 8/19/19

5th Annual Beginner Band Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Park

Sachse, TX

Beginner Band parent meeting begins at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss everything you need to know about beginning band, collect required handbook forms and fees, and answer any questions you may have.

If you are an Advanced Band parent and missed our meeting on August 2, you are welcome to attend the Beginner Band parent meeting instead.

Sign Up For Private Lessons!

The single biggest investment you can make in your student's musical advancement is signing them up for private lessons. Use this link to get your student started ASAP:

Private Lesson scholarships are available in either 1/2 lesson ($9) or 2/3 lesson ($12) scholarships and are based on financial need.

The scholarship application can be found here: and is due by September 13th. We will begin awarding scholarship money as soon as we receive applications - don't wait to turn yours in if you are in need of a scholarship.

Remind Codes

Please sign up for our Remind text messages to receive quick reminders and info about what's happening/due in band. You don't have to have the app in order to participate, just send a text to start receiving messages.

Send a text to the number 81010 with the message:

@begbandhms for Beginning Band

@concerthms for Concert Band (Sub Non-Varsity B)

@symphhms for Symphonic Band (Sub Non-Varsity A)

@honorshms for Honors Band (Non-Varsity)

@windsymhms for Wind Symphony (Varsity)

Extra Band T-shirt Order Form!

If you would like to order EXTRA shirts (for parents, siblings, etc. - one shirt is included for each student as part of their band fees), please fill out this form:

Practice Records for Advanced Band Students

All Advanced Band students will start logging their practice minutes into their Charms account next week (beginning 8/19). Their first practice log grade will be taken in two Mondays (8/26). We will go over how to input the minutes in the advanced band classes this week. This is a weekly grade and very important for the growth of each musician. If you are having trouble logging into Charms, please contact Mrs. Becker to have your password reset.

**Beginner Band students will begin logging their practice minutes the week of September 2.**

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 "s" in front (i.e. s123456)

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

Hudson Band Boosters Amazon Smile

Please consider using our booster club's Amazon Smile link when shopping on Amazon. Using this link every time you shop on Amazon will generate donations to our band booster club, which will directly benefit your student! It's a win-win!

The link is

Morning Procedures

No band students need to bring band instruments to school on the first day.

**Advanced Band students should begin bringing instruments on Tuesday and Beginner Band students should begin bringing instruments on Wednesday.**

If students arrive at school before 8:10am, they should go straight to the big gym. If they have an instrument to put in the band hall and they are not attending tutorials or eating breakfast, they should sit on the floor in the far corner of the gym with all other band students. If they are going to breakfast or tutorials, they should sit in the labeled section in the bleachers with their instrument.

At 8:10am, breakfast and tutorial students are released to go to those locations.

At 8:40am, students who have an instrument to put away will be released from the big gym (as long as they are seated on the floor in the "band" area) and the cafeteria to put instruments away. They should come to the band hall and put their instrument and band binder in their assigned location then WAIT IN THE BAND HALL UNTIL THE BELL RELEASES STUDENTS TO 1st PERIOD AT 8:42am.

At 8:42am, students should go to their 1st period class. In 2 weeks (8/26), they will make a quick pit stop to pick up their Chromebook from their 7th period teacher's classroom.

Unless students are attending a private lesson or a scheduled band sectional (Wind Symphony and Honors Band students only), they will not be allowed in the band hall until 8:40am.

**We will go over these procedures in detail in all classes tomorrow and it should make more sense to the students after that.**

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director