Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 8/23/21

Practice-a-Thon Planning Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 24th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Parents who are interested in helping with the Practice-a-Thon fundraiser are asked to join us for a planning meeting in the band hall. It is a huge fundraiser for our program and tons of fun for kids and parents. Please join us!

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:

Flutes - Alphabet Masters, Rhythm Rockers, Headjoint Exercises, tonguing, BAG on whole flute

Oboe/Bassoon - Alphabet Masters, Rhythm Rockers, tonguing on reeds, Bocal Majority book unit 1

Clarinets - Alphabet Masters, Rhythm Rockers, mouthpiece/barrel/reed, tonguing, top joint 5 notes (C D E F G)

Saxes - Alphabet Masters, Rhythm Rockers, mouthpiece/neck/reed, tonguing, whole sax B, A, G, F, E

Trumpets Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 (lines 1-3 mouthpiece and instrument)

French Horns -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 (lines 1-3 mouthpiece and instrument)

Trombones -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 (lines 1-3 mouthpiece and instrument)

Euphoniums/Tubas -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 (lines 1-3 mouthpiece and instrument)

Percussion - Stick Control lines 1-12 @ 100 bpm, and lesson 1-4 @ 80bpm. Make sure to review technique requirements!


Symphonic Band: Alignment/Posture, Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F and Eb scales, rhythm chart 1, Machine 1, Imperial March, 7 Nation Army,


Honors Band: Alignment/Posture, Longtones 1A, Set1 Opt.1, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm chart 1-2, Fight Song, Machine 1, Imperial March, On Your left, Hey Song, 7 Nation Army


Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (Concert Bb, Eb, F, Ab, Db, C), rhythm charts 4-5.5, Star Spangled Banner, Don't Stop Believin', Shake it Off, Football short tunes (Machine Music 1, Imperial March, ESPN, Avengers, 7 Nation Army, Hey Song), All-Region music

Wind Symphony Region Masterclasses

Saturday, Aug. 28th, 10am-12pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All Wind Symphony students will work with special instructors to learn their All-Region music. They will audition for the All-Region band in November, so these masterclasses are extremely important as we prepare for that competition.

School-Owned Instrument Questions

Please direct all school-owned instrument questions to Mr. Urban as he handles all of the instrument inventory at Hudson. Thanks!


If you have emailed Mrs. Becker about an instrument issue, she is forwarding your emails to Mr. Urban.

WS & HB Football Game Performance

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 5-8pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will perform at the 8th grade football game vs. Austin Academy at Sachse High School. We will eat dinner after school, walk to the stadium together, and perform in the stands. Parents are welcome to join and see this first performance while cheering on the 8th grade football team. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR AT THE GATE. PLEASE BRING CASH AND CARD FOR GATE PURCHASES AS WE DO NOT YET KNOW WHAT THE OPTIONS WILL BE.

**At the conclusion of the game, ALL PERCUSSIONISTS AND TUBA PLAYERS will walk back to Hudson with Mr. Urban to unload equipment. ALL OTHER STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP FROM THE BACK OF SACHSE HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STADIUM PARKING LOT!!!***

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

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.



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. 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.

These students also need to return their Instrument Usage Contract by Friday, August 27th with notation about any existing damage to the instrument. If they have more than one school-owned instrument, they will need to submit more than one form.

Car Decals & Yard Sign Orders

The Booster Club has started selling Hudson Band car decals and Hudson Band yard signs. The designs can be personalized with your student's name and instrument if you'd like. We will be taking orders from now until October 15. Please allow 4-5 weeks to receive your items. Use the forms below to place an order.

Car Decal Order Form

Yard Sign Order Form

Update Info in Charms

Please take a moment this week to log in to Charms. www.charmsoffice.com

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.

Using the Charms System for Band

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director