Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 10/3/22

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Congratulations Section/Students of the Week!

This week we are recognizing the Beginner Band Percussion section - they are working very hard and are doing really great. They are all practicing and improving daily - we are so proud of them!

We are also recognizing Abigail Day (beginner saxophone) and Aeriella Yeater (Beginner Band euphonium). Abigail has taught herself to play SO many songs. She is constantly practicing before school and can already do so much on the saxophone - she is a rock star in the making! Aeriella is always prepared, on time, and is always ready to learn. She has a great attitude and we just adore her!


GISD BandFest This Monday!

The annual GISD BandFest, featuring ALL 12 middle school varsity band and ALL 7 high school marching bands is this Monday, October 3rd. The festival starts at 6:30pm at HBJ stadium. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any Wind Symphony student, any band director, or at the gate on Monday evening. The GISD Clear Bag policy WILL be in effect.

Our HMS Wind Symphony will be performing both by ourselves and as part of the mass middle school band to start the show. You won't want to miss it. The Wind Symphony itinerary has been updated to reflect the transportation issues - see the up-to-date itinerary here.

Upcoming Events

Booster Club Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for our next booster club meeting on October 5. We will be finalizing the plans for the Practice-a-Thon party and discussing fall concerts, practice challenge prizes, and holiday events.

Enter through door #11 in the back of the building.

Beginner Band Fall Concert

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

The Beginner Band Fall Showcase Concert is coming up soon! This is a required performance for our Beginner Band students. They will stay after school on the day of the concert to rehearse together, eat a small snack, and be ready for the performance to start at 6:00pm. Parents will enter directly through the large gym doors on the front right side of the school. Students will wear jeans (or dark pants - no joggers or sweats and NO CROCS) with their 22-23 band t-shirt. If your student does not have their shirt yet, please send a minimum of a $10 payment toward their band fees ASAP.

**Click the button below to access the detailed itinerary for the Beginner Band Fall Showcase Concert.**

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please Volunteer to Chaperone or Donate

We need your help!

Our Practice-a-Thon is the biggest fundraiser we do all year and it is an incredible night of fun for our students. We strive to be frugal with our spending so the donations from the fundraiser can go to needed items like new instruments, cases, and music stands, instead of funding the party. This is why we are asking parents to donate supplies for the party. We need snack and drink donations - you can use this link to sign up to donate those items. We also need chaperones to help supervise on the night of the party and to help with setup and tear down. If you'd like to help chaperone the party on October 21st, please sign up using the volunteer tab in Charms. You can watch this video if you need guidance on volunteering in Charms.

We also need prize donations. We will fill a trophy case with prizes that students can win. If you have any new, unused items that would make good prizes, or small gift cards, candy, etc., we would love to take them off your hands! Please send any prize donations with your student before October 19th.

Fundraiser Starting Off Strong!

WE HAVE ALREADY RAISED OVER $10,000 in 1 week!!! This is an incredible start and will go such a long way to helping our band program purchase needed supplies/instruments and allowing us to give our students a really great experience this year with clinicians and fun trips. We still have almost 3 weeks left - keep up the great work!

Repeat Information - We are doing a Practice-a-Thon and will be collecting donations for students dedicating part of their evening on October 21st to practicing during our fundraiser party. Each student has received a packet of information explaining ALL of the fundraiser details (the packet can be found at this link). This year we are partnering with 99Pledges to be able to accept credit card donations as well. Parents - you should have received 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. *If you did not receive your email invitation, please check your spam folder or contact us to help you.*

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors!

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