Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of August 24-28

Band Parent Virtual Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for a virtual band parent meeting at 6:00pm. You will go to https://meet.google.com and type in HudsonBandMeeting to join the virtual event.


**Logging in with your student's @students.garlandisd.net email address will make easier/faster for parents to enter the virtual meeting room.**

Wind Symphony/Honors Band Sectionals

We are going to begin sectionals with all Wind Symphony (Varsity) and Honors Band (Non-Varsity) students this week.

Wind Symphony students will be on Thursday (including Percussion) and Honors Band students will be on Wednesday (except percussion)

Clarinets/Trumpets/Oboes from 1:00-1:45pm

Flutes/Horns/Bassoons from 1:50-2:35pm

Saxes/Low Brass from 2:40-3:20pm


Honors Band Percussion - on Mondays from 3:15-4:00pm

Wind Symphony Percussion on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00pm


*Clarinets/Flutes/Saxophones will use the nickname BeckerBand2021 to log in to their sectional

*Trumpets/Horns/Low Brass will use the nickname UrbanBand2021 to log in to their sectional

*Oboes/Bassoons/Percussion will use the nickname HudsonPercussion to log in to their sectional

Grading Info

Beginner Band graded assignments last week:

1. Theory Lesson 1.5 - Music Staff

2. Alphabet & Staff Review

3. Note Name Quiz - 1st 5 Notes


Advanced Bands graded assignments last week:

1. Practice Log 8/10-8/16

2. My Practice Routine

3. Playing Assignment #1

**We know Flipgrid was down for a while on Friday afternoon. We will be lenient on any playing assignments that are submitted late. The Flipgrid platform is back up now. **


We will begin importing grades from Canvas into Skyward over the next few days. Skyward is the official gradebook for GISD. The first progress report locks this Sunday, August 30 and will include assignments from weeks 2 & 3. Please help ensure your student completes all Week 2 & 3 assignments prior to August 28 for grades to be accurate.

Mrs. Becker's YouTube Channel Update

My YouTube channel is being updated constantly. I have organized videos into playlists to help guide students/parents through our virtual class warm-ups, navigating Canvas and completing assignments, and beginner instrument info. Please check it out - like and subscribe :)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__szy81Jm4F9mWaD9lL5-A/playlists?view_as=subscriber

Repeat Information - Please Read/Complete If You Haven't Already

2020-2021 HMS Band Handbook

The 2020-2021 HMS Band Handbook can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bLwSnGrkHmAAdJ91XcUcUs5NkoEawYnl/view?usp=sharing

Please understand that this year is unlike any other and our policies, procedures, and plans are likely to change throughout the year, especially with regards to performances when we are allowed to gather together again.

Band Fees

Band fees for the fall semester will be $30 for all students. This will cover their physical band binder with all included materials, a band t-shirt, and full year subscriptions to Breezin' Thru Theory and Music First, online music platforms we will be using throughout the year for virtual instruction/assessment. If your student is a 7th or 8th grader and your band fees were paid in full last year, you will receive a credit on your Charms account for activities we were not able to complete/attend in the spring. The credits in Charms will be reflected by August 31.

Band fees can be paid through Paypal in Charms (preferred method), with credit card, and by cash/check if absolutely necessary.


**Students using school-owned instruments (oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax, French horn, euphonium, and tuba) are required to pay an instrument usage fee set by the district of $25 per semester ($50 for the year). This fee will be assessed in Skyward and payments will need to be made online in Skyward this fall. We are still setting this up in Skyward and will let you know when the charges have been applied so you are able to make the payment.**

Helpful Info/Reminders

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director