Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 9/19/22

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Congratulations Section/Students of the Week!

This week we are recognizing the Honors Band Flute section - they focused very intently on improving their vibrato this week and are implementing it into everything they are playing. We are super proud of the dedication they are showing and their incredible effort!

We are also recognizing Tyger Vu (beginner horn) and Levi Schneider (Wind Symphony oboe). Tyger has shown quick growth in class, is a great leader for the other students, and always has a smile on his face. Levi has worked really hard on his All-Region music and is improving rapidly and has been an incredible band aide in the double reed beginner class. He is growing his leadership skills this year and we are so proud of his growth!


Advanced Bands Football Game Performance

Monday, Sep. 19th, 5:15-8pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

The detailed itinerary for the game on September 19 can be found here. The itinerary has changed slightly. **Please note that percussion and tuba students will be picked up from Hudson and ALL OTHER STUDENTS WILL BE PICKED UP FROM THE BACK OF SACHSE HS AT THE STADIUM.**

Please be aware that we cannot allow students to walk home from the football game. This is a safety and liability issue for us. Please make arrangements to pick your student up at the designated location at their release time.

Pink Out FB Game - October 24

The Advanced Bands will be performing at the 7th and 8th grade football games on October 24th at Sachse High School. This will be the Pink Out game for breast cancer awareness month and the cheerleaders are selling t-shirts specifically for this game. You can find the link to order a Pink Out shirt here. The deadline to order the shirts is September 19th. Band students will be allowed to wear this shirt in lieu of their band t-shirt for this game.

Sachse HS Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 5:45-7:15pm

3815 Sachse Road

Sachse, TX

7th and 8th grade students are invited to walk in the Sachse HS homecoming parade with the Hudson Band. This is an optional event. Transportation will not be provided to or from the event. If your student chooses to participate, they must wear their current Hudson band t-shirt with school-approved shorts or pants. Please see the detailed itinerary for the 2 possibly pickup locations, depending on whether your family is attending the community pep rally at the stadium following the parade.

Practice-a-Thon Kicks Off THIS FRIDAY!!!

In all band class this Friday, September 23, we will kick off our big fall fundraiser. We will be doing a Practice-a-Thon and will be collecting donations for students dedicating part of their evening on October 21st to practicing during our big fundraiser party. Each student will come home with a packet of information explaining ALL of the fundraiser details. This year we are partnering with 99Pledges to be able to accept credit card donations as well. Parents - please be on the lookout this week for an email from 99Pledges inviting you to your student's individual fundraiser page. You can share it with friends and family across the country to help support our program and provide fun musical opportunities for our kids.

Eligibility Information

Progress report grades were due on Friday, September 16th at the end of school and lock Sunday, September 18th. If your student fails a class on this progress report, they will lose their eligibility this Friday, September 23rd at the end of the school day. We will let you know if your student is effected by eligibility - please continue having them attend ALL band events until you hear from us.

Last Call for Dallas Winds Concert Trip

**If we do not have a significant number of students express an interest in this concert this week, we will not be attending as a group.**

The Dallas Winds is one of the premiere Wind Ensembles in the world. On October 18, they are performing the world premiere of a new clarinet piece by John Mackey with one of the world's current most famous clarinet players, Julian Bliss. We would love to take our clarinet players to see this incredible concert and want to see what the interest level would be. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but with group pricing would probably cost between $15-25. Please fill out this form if your clarinet player is interested in attending.

Orders Closing SOON!

We will be taking orders for yard signs and car decals from now until September 30th. We will put the charge for the orders in each student's Charms account after receiving the order form. You have until October 21st to complete the payment for the orders. Any orders that have not been paid for by October 21st will be cancelled. Expected delivery of the car decals and yard signs is early November.

Car Decal Order Form

Yard Sign Order Form

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Repeat Information

Switching to BAND app over Remind

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


Band Fees Now Past Due

If you have not taken care of your fall semester band fee or your first payment if you are splitting the fee over 6 months, that payment is due by September 16th. We are already spending band fees on festival registrations, t-shirts, and more and truly appreciate you making that first payment. If you are having financial difficulties, please reach out to us so we can help you!

Band t-shirts will be delivered next week and we will be unable to give any student a shirt who has not submitted their first band fee payment of a minimum of $10.

REMINDER - Advanced Band Supply List

If you missed our Advanced Band supply list at the end of last year, you can see the needed items at this link. We will be using the Foundations for Superior Performance book in all advanced band classes this year. The flip folder will also be needed before the first performance (September 19th for ALL Advanced Band students). Many of the items listed can be purchased at any of our recommended music stores, and possibly even cheaper there. We made the supply list with links to Amazon for ease, but feel free to purchase the supplies wherever you would like!

Band Fees

Because our school band budget is so small, we have to charge a band fee so that we can provide the best music education experience for all our band students. This band fee covers all instructional materials (band binder and all its contents), band shirt, contest entry fees, solo accompanist fees, performance music, music theory subscription, transportation, meals before performances, incentive days, and so much more. We set up our band fees to be collected up front (or split into payments), so that we are not constantly asking for $5 here, $7 there, etc.

This year, you can pay band fees through cash or check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), Paypal through Charms (watch this video to walk you through the Charms system), and for the first time - credit card through the band website. Visit the band website and enter the password HawkBD2223 to enter the secure page and pay online. Please consider adding the optional donation to your cart to cover the credit card fees we incur using this convenient service.

If you have a financial hardship, please communicate with us so we can help you. We never want a student to be unable to participate due to finances and will do everything we can to work with your family and ensure your student is included.

Private Lessons Filling Up

Our private teachers are THE BEST and their schedules are starting to fill up. If you are going to sign up for private lessons, DON'T WAIT - TURN IN THE ENROLLMENT FORM ASAP.

The single biggest investment you can make in your student's musical advancement is signing them up for private lessons. Return the private lesson enrollment form to get your student started ASAP. Lessons are $20 each week and the fee is paid directly to the instructor.

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.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director