Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 8/9/21

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

Advanced Band Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 10th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Park

Sachse, TX

Advanced Band parent meeting begins at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss everything you need to know about band this year and all of the things we get to do again, collect required handbook forms and fees, and answer any questions you may have.

Beginner Band Parent Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 12th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All new band parents should attend our meeting at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss band policies and procedures, let you know exactly what events we have planned for the year, collect forms and fees, and answer your questions.

WS & HB Sectional Schedule

Sectionals for Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will begin the week of August 16. Sectionals are a required rehearsal for students in these classes. Grades will be given for attendance at sectionals and playing tests will often be completed during these times. Since those classes meet with all of the instruments combined every day, sectionals are our only opportunity to continue teaching the instrument-specific skills that will help our musicians grow more.

Wind Symphony Sectional Schedule - Fall 2021

Honors Band Sectional Schedule - Fall 2021


The single best investment you can make in your student's musical advancement is signing them up for private lessons. Return this form to get your student started ASAP.

Extra Shirt Orders Open Through August 12

We will be ordering our 2021-2022 Hudson Band t-shirts next Friday and would love to have parents, siblings, friends of the band support us by wearing our band t-shirt. If you would like to order EXTRA shirts, please fill out this form.

Update Info in 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 "s" in front (i.e. s123456) unless you've changed it to something else.

Please update contact information, check your student's birthday, gender, ID, instrument, etc. and make changes as necessary. If you have questions or have difficulty logging in, please contact Mrs. Becker.

Wind Symphony GISD BandFest Performance

Students in Wind Symphony will be performing at the annual GISD BandFest on Monday, September 27. This is the first day of the fall intersession week. This performance is required - please communicate with Mrs. Becker now if you have already made plans to be out of town.

I know this is not an ideal time to have a performance, but the district set this date and I do not have the power to change it. It will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform for a large crowd and (spoiler alert!) ALL of the GISD middle schools will be performing together on the field for a powerful moment!

Morning/Afternoon Procedures

Beginning at 8:15am, the exterior band hall door (door #11) will be open for band students to come in and drop off their instruments on their way to their 1st period class.

At the end of the day, students will come down to the band hall at dismissal to pick up their instrument and band binder to take it home and practice each night. If your student is a car rider, you are welcome to pick up your student in the back of the building, where the band hall exit is. **It is less crowded at pickup in the back - take advantage of being in the band!**

Students should have their band pass in their Soar card pouch to show any teachers who ask on their way to the band hall. If students do not have their band pass, we cannot guarantee that teachers will allow them to walk through the school to come to the band hall.

Supply Needed for Advanced Band Students

Students in Wind Symphony, Honors Band, and Symphonic Band will all need a flip folder for performances at our football games this year. **Students who play flute will get a flutist friend instead of a flip folder and a lyre - this is a combination specifically for flute players.**

Students who play clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, and trombone will also need a lyre specifically designed for their instrument. All of these supplies can be found at Music & Arts or online through Amazon. The first football game performance for Wind Symphony and Honors Band is August 31.

Reminders from Previous Updates


All band students will be issued a locker to store their band instrument and band binder in during the school day. We have locks available for any student who wants to use one this year. It will be optional to use a lock, however, we will not be responsible for items that go missing or are damaged from a locker being used without a lock.


If you would like to use your own lock, you are free to do so. You will need to provide the band directors with a copy of the key or the combination if you choose to use your own lock.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director