Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 10/25/21

Advanced Bands Fall Concert

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 6:30-7:45pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

TIME CHANGE FOR CONCERT - 6:30pm start time!!!

This is an early release day for students. Due to required staff development, students will go home after school releases, then come back for the concert at 5:15pm. We will rehearse together at 5:15pm in the big gym, eat a snack, then begin the concert at 6:30pm. Parents should be there between 6:15-6:30pm to get a seat in the big gym.

Students will wear their band t-shirt with jeans/dark pants for the performance (no shorts).

The order of the performance will be Combined Bands, Symphonic Band, Honors Band, Wind Symphony.

Band Officer Meeting THIS FRIDAY

All band officers will meet with Mrs. Becker this Friday, October 29 at 8:20am in the band ensemble room. This includes ALL band officers, band representatives, and librarians.

Sachse HS Band at Area this Saturday

The Sachse HS band has qualified for the UIL Area C Marching Contest this Saturday, October 30th. They perform in prelims at 10:00am at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. If you are available, please come out on Saturday morning to cheer them on. It costs $5 for ages 7 and up. There is TONS of construction in Mesquite, so leave early. The top 5 bands at the contest will move on to the State Marching Band Competition in San Antonio. Wear your blue/orange, sit up high, and cheer loud!

October/November Practice Challenge

In an effort to motivate our students to complete regular practice, we will be implementing a practice challenge for October and November. Students who turn in their practice records ON TIME (end of the day every Monday) with 140+ minutes for each week in October and November will be invited to the Pajama Dodgeball Elf Movie Extravaganza Party in December. The practice log that starts this challenge will be turned in on October 11, for minutes practiced over the Fall Intersession and Fall Break. Students are expected to practice for 140+ minutes over those two weeks combined and will submit one practice log for that time frame when we return on October 11. I hope this encourages our students to keep up their practicing and turn their assignment in each week on time!

GISD All-District Band Auditions

Saturday, Nov. 6th, 9am

3505 Hayman Drive

Garland, TX

All eligible WIND SYMPHONY students will audition for the GISD Middle School All-District Band. We have been working towards this audition since August and are excited for our students to finally have the opportunity to show off!

More details will be given on Monday, November 1 with specific times and room numbers for the auditions. The earliest possible audition time will be 9:00am. Some students will audition once in the morning and again in the afternoon. There will NOT be a bus, so please make plans to drop off and pick up your WIND SYMPHONY students on that day.

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:

Alphabet masters, Rhythm Rockers units 1-3/4, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 7-9 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 3 & 4 in Boot Camp book

Symphonic Band: Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, and Eb scales, rhythm chart 1-5, Machine 1, Imperial March, 7 Nation Army, ESPN, Wings to the Mind

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 6.5-9, Fight Song, Imperial March, On Your left, Hey Song, 7 Nation Army, Creatures in the Attic, Midnight Madness

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), All-Region music, rhythm charts 7-8, 3 2 1, Armor of the Mystic, 3,2,1, Football Tunes

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

Are You Handy? Like to Build Things?

I have grand visions of organizing our percussion storage room over the next few weeks because it's too small and we have too much equipment. If you happen to be handy and want to help build shelves for our cymbals, drum pads, and drum stands, please let me know! This picture is similar to what I have in mind.

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.
Using the Charms System for Band

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director