Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 5/9/2022

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Band Aide Applications

Next year's Beginner Band will be the biggest it's possibly ever been. We are looking for 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in serving as Band Aides during their instrument's beginner class period. The application to become a Band Aide can be found at this link.

We are looking for excellent musicians, with a heart for service, who pay attention to details and follow directions without complaint, to serve as student teachers/helpers. The Band Aide class would be in addition to their advanced band class period. They must be willing to give up one of their electives if chosen as a Band Aide.

The application is due Monday, May 9 at 4:00pm and MUST HAVE A PARENT SIGNATURE!

Last Booster Club Meeting

Monday, May 9th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for the last booster club meeting of the year. We will vote our new board members in and finalize plans for the ensemble concert dinner show. We can't wait to wrap up this year with our amazing parents!

**Enter through the back of the school at door #11.**


Final payments of ALL band fees and spring trip fees were due Thursday, April 14. Please check your student's Charms account for balance info and to pay online. You may also send cash or checks (made out to Hudson Band Boosters). Band fees must be paid in full by Tuesday, May 17 for students to attend the spring trip. Please help us by taking care of these fees ASAP.

Details for how to use the Charms system can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Instrument Drive Helpers

The following students will be helping with the last instrument drive:

Wednesday, May 11 (after school - 8:20pm)

Alexis Mozley, Chloe Rex, Nathan Finley, Nikki Co, Brett Hough, Sofia Kolath, Jimmy Herrera, Josh Abrha, Maggie Truong, Nathan Bickerstaff, Blake Ahn

Beginner Band Pinstack Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 17th, 4:15-5:30pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Beginner Band students who are attending the spring trip to Pinstack on May 20 will stay after school and rehearse together on Tuesday, May 17. This will be our ONLY rehearsal to prepare together for the spring trip performance, so it is IMPERATIVE that all students are in attendance.

Pinstack Chaperone Meeting

We will have a virtual meeting with the spring trip chaperones on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00pm to go over logistics and expectations and to answer any questions you may have. I will send the link for the meeting the day before. The spring trip chaperones are:

Tonya Crump

Cassie Kahl

Chris Kahl

Maria Yanez

Megan Unterbrunner

Ana Rivera

Molly Grimes

Melissa Clark

Mayra Martinez

Dulce Mozley

Annie Phelan

Tebra Medrano-Kolath

Jennifer Varela

Cesar Baez

Adriana Zapata

Marvis Browder

Jennifer Stotts


Thursday, May 26th, 4:15-5:30pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

ALL Beginner Band students will stay after school to rehearse together in preparation for our spring concert. This rehearsal is REQUIRED and will be GRADED for ALL Beginner Band students.

22-23 HMS Band Audition Results

Results from the auditions for the 2022-2023 HMS Bands will be posted after school on Friday, May 27. We will also post them in Canvas and include them in that weekend's Smore.

We will not discuss audition results with anyone until after our spring concert on May 31. Please take a few days after results are posted to reflect before asking us to discuss them. Thanks in advance for adhering to this request!

A word about audition placements:

There is a place for every student in the HMS band. We take a long time listening to all parts of every audition, weighing extra factors, and trying to decide where each student will be adequately challenged but successful. Undoubtedly, some students will be thrilled with their placement, some will be upset, and many will turn out exactly like they thought they would. There is competition in band and there are only so many spots available for each instrument in each band. Part of our job as band directors is to make each band sound balanced and blended and the only way to do that is to have proper instrumentation in each band. Every band will do the same things, just on a slightly different timeline and with different levels of music.

HMS Bands Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 31st, 6pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

ALL HMS Band students will perform their final concert of the year on Tuesday, May 31. This performance is required by all students. More details will come soon, but be prepared for the concert to last 1.5 hours due to the award presentations and ALL bands performing. 2 test grades are given for this performance.

The Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will wear their contest uniform. The Beginner Band and Symphonic Band will need to dress up for this performance (think wedding guest attire) - boys need a collared shirt with a tie and slacks (no jeans), girls need a dressy blouse and dress pants, skirt and blouse, or a dress (the dress or skirt MUST COVER THE KNEES WHILE SEATED OR LEGGINGS MUST BE WORN UNDERNEATH). There is no color requirement for Symphonic Band and Beginner Band dress.

SHS Cluster Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band Concert

Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

All percussion students will be involved in the concert at Sachse HS. They will all be performing in percussion ensembles and are required to attend this concert.

HMS Band Ensemble Concert & Dinner Show

Monday, June 6th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Most of our band students will perform in an ensemble concert (small groups) on June 6. We are working on making this a fundraiser dinner show and will finalize all details at our next booster club meeting.

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 1-8, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 13-18 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 10-12 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. Continue to practice Terracotta and Danza Africana.

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, spring concert music, ensembles

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

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

Spring 50 Day Practice Challenge

We started another 50 day practice challenge after spring break. 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.

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.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director