Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 3/28/22

Pre-UIL Performances

If you are able to attend either of our Pre-UIL performances this week, audiences are welcomed! The Honors Band performs at 2:00pm on Monday at Lakeview Centennial High School and the Wind Symphony performs at 6:30pm on Tuesday at Rowlett High School.

UIL is the band equivalent of the STAAR test and what we spend the majority of the spring semester working towards in our advanced band classes. We always perform better for a large audience and would welcome any of you who could join us for those performances. The students have worked incredibly hard and are going to be amazing!

Honors Band Pre-UIL Evaluation

Monday, March 28th, 2pm

3505 Hayman Drive

Garland, TX

The Honors Band will perform their UIL program for judges and practice sightreading at this contest at Lakeview Centennial High School. They will wear our contest uniforms and will be fed lunch by the band before we leave. Parents/Family/Friends are invited and encouraged to attend this performance!

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Wind Symphony Pre-UIL Evaluation

Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30pm

4700 President George Bush Highway

Rowlett, TX

The Wind Symphony will perform their UIL program for judges and practice sightreading at this contest at Rowlett High School. They will wear our contest uniforms and will be fed dinner by the band before we leave. Parents/Family/Friends are invited and encouraged to attend this performance!

The detailed itinerary can be found here.


Due to the interim STAAR testing and our Pre-UIL performances, the Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will NOT have sectionals THIS WEEK (week of March 28).

Wind Symphony sectionals leading up to UIL will be changed as follows:

Monday, April 4/11/18 from 4:15-5:15pm - ALL BRASS

Wednesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 12/19 from 4:15-5:15pm - ALL WOODWINDS


Middle school is a very popular time for orthodontics, as many of you already know. While playing an instrument with braces is very common and doesn't usually pose any problems, it does take time to adjust to. If your student will be getting braces on or off this year and there is ANY way you can schedule around our big contests, we would be very grateful for the consideration.

For Honors Band and Wind Symphony students, please avoid big orthodontic changes from now until April 21. For Beginner Band students please avoid changes from now until May 7. We know this is not always possible, but if there is any way to schedule around these dates we would greatly appreciate it!

8th Grade Parents - REMINDER

All 8th grade band students in GISD are asked to complete this form ASAP. The form asks for contact information and about each student's plans for high school. Filling out this form helps every high school band in the district begin their planning for the fall semester. This is NOT a contract - it is simply a way for the high school bands in the district to gather the information they need to make plans. You know I am a bit competitive and would love to be able to brag about how our school was the first one to fill out the forms. Thanks in advance for taking care of this!

Future Sachse Band Students

For our 8th grade students continuing in band next year, specifically at Sachse HS, please make sure you take a look at their band website for upcoming events, registration, parent meetings, and summer/fall rehearsals and competitions.

On April 28, there will be a spring 8th grade night for future Mustang Band members from 4:30-7pm at SHS.

Spring 50 Day Practice Challenge

We started another 50 day practice challenge last week. The challenge runs from March 21-May 22 and will end with a movie reward for students who complete 50 days of practice (at least 20 minutes) over the course of those days. The physical paper will be due no later than May 25 and must include a parent signature in order for a student to earn the movie reward. We do not know which movie we will be watching yet, but will let you know once we have made that decision.

Spread the Word!

Do you know any current 5th graders who are coming to Hudson next year?! If so, please share our BAND WEBSITE with them and have them sign up for one of our upcoming instrument fitting drives so we can help them pick an instrument.

Our best recruiters are current and former band parents and students. Your positive words and posts about our program go a long way in helping families choose to join our band. We thank you in advance for your help!

Spring Trip Eligibility

After checking 3rd quarter grades last week, we will be speaking with students who are currently ineligible for the spring trip due to failing a class on the 3rd quarter report card. Those students DO have an opportunity to regain their eligibility and still attend the trip, as long as they are passing ALL classes on the 4th quarter progress report on April 8.

Spring Trip Payments NOW DUE

Final payments for the spring trip were due last Friday, March 25. You can check your student's Charms account (using the info provided below to log in) to see what is still owed and even make payments electronically. Thank you for taking care of this so we can make our payment to the festival company on time.

Band Fee Payments

Please take a moment this week to login to your student's Charms account. Make sure to login as a Parent/Student/Member. You will need to use hudsonsoundmachine as the school code. Student passwords should be either just the 6-digit ID number (for first time logins), sID# (that students are used to), capitalized first and last initials plus ID# (HB123456), or something different you or your student has chosen. If you need help resetting a password, please let me know. When you ask for a password to be reset, I will change it to CAPITALIZED first and last initial followed by student ID# (ex. HB123456).

After logging in, you can see payments due in the financial tab, make changes to personal information, see uniform parts that have been checked out, school-owned instrument information, and more.

Spring Band fees are now past due. Please make every effort to take care of this payment ASAP. If you have a financial hardship, please communicate that with us so we can help!

Using the Charms System for Band

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.

We have had to send many instruments to the repair shop this year and this fee helps pay for those repairs and regular maintenance. Please help make sure we can continue repairing instruments as needed by submitting this district fee. 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.

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:

Rhythm Rockers units 1-7, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 12-15 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 6-8 in Boot Camp book, SCALES!!! We have started Scale Masters and will award a trophy to the first student in each class who passes off all of their scales, Solos

Symphonic Band: Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, Eb, Db scales, rhythm chart 1-8, concert music

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 7-10, UIL songs

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), all rhythm charts, UIL tunes, technical exercises in Bb, Eb, Ab, and F

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

All-Region Performance Recordings

If your student performed with the TMEA Region 3 All-Region Bands back in January, the recordings from those concerts are now available. You can find the recordings at this link. This is a zipped file, so if you have any trouble accessing the recordings, please let me know and I will find another way to share them with you.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director