Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 12/6/21

Band Hoodie Design Contest

Students who wish to help design the next Hudson Band hoodie can submit designs through Friday, December 10th. They can draw on paper, design on a website, etc. Students may choose to come up with a design on their own or with a buddy. The design must include "Hudson Band", hawk/music things, and be school colors (red, black, white, or gray). We will create a form to vote on the top 3 favorite designs and the design with the most votes will be printed and sold to any student who wishes to purchase a hoodie. The student(s) who come up with the winning design will get their hoodie for free. More details about timeline and prices for ordering will be available after the final design has been chosen.

Beginner Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 4:15-5:45pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All Beginner Band students will stay after school and rehearse together before the holiday concert. A test grade will be given for their participation in this required rehearsal.

Sachse Christmas Parade - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

Our band has been invited to participate in the Sachse Christmas Parade this year. This is not required and no transportation will be provided. This event is open to ALL Hudson Band students (6th-8th grade). Students who want to participate will meet at Sachse HS (and gather behind the SHS band) at 5:30pm. Students will wear their Hudson Band t-shirt, jeans/pants, and festive accessories. Please bring a bag of candy to toss to the parade spectators.

The parade will begin at Sachse HS at 6:00pm. The parade route travels down Miles Rd. and ends at City Hall. After the parade, we will walk back to Sachse HS and parents can pick students up there at 6:45pm. If your student wants to participate in the other activities at City Hall, they will have to be taken back by their parents after getting picked up from Sachse HS. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE RELEASED AT CITY HALL - THEY MUST WALK BACK TO SACHSE HS AT THE END OF THE PARADE TO BE PICKED UP.

Wind Symphony Holiday Tour

Wind Symphony students will go on tour on Friday, December 10th. They will visit Sewell, Lister, and Armstrong Elementary to share holiday music and get the elementary students excited about the possibility of joining band. The itinerary can be found here and includes all details for the day, as well as uniform/dress code information.

All-District Band Clinic/Concert

Wind Symphony students who earned a chair in the All-District Band will have their rehearsals and performances on Friday and Saturday, December 10-11 at Lakeview Centennial HS. Details about the rehearsal times, locations, and uniform requirement for the concert can be found here.

If you'd like to hear the best middle school musicians in GISD, anyone is welcome to attend the concert at 4:00pm on Saturday, December 11th at Lakeview Centennial HS. Come support our 27 fantastic HMS students who will be performing!

Beginner Band Holiday Concert

Monday, Dec. 13th, 6pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

Beginner Band students will stay after school and walk to Sachse HS together to rehearse once more before the performance. Dress code will be this years' band t-shirt with jeans/dark pants (no shorts) and festive accessories if they want (Santa hats, elf ears, blinking necklaces, decorated instruments - must not impede performance ability).

After the performance, please stay and watch the Sachse HS bands perform their holiday concert. There will also be a fundraiser dinner put on by the Sachse Band boosters that our band students/families are welcome to participate in! More details about the fundraiser dinner will be available this week.

Advanced Bands Holiday Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 7-8:15pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

All 3 Advanced Bands will perform on this concert. It is a required performance and 2 test grades will be given - one for the performance aspect and one for their audience etiquette as they will be required to stay for the whole concert and watch the other bands' performances.

Please read this detailed information sheet for information about the dress code and arrival times. All students received this information prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break.

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 1-5, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 9-10 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 4 & 5 in Boot Camp book, holiday class features, Up on the Housetop, Dragon Dance

Symphonic Band: Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, Eb, Db scales, rhythm chart 1-8, holiday concert tunes

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 6.5-9, Holiday concert tunes, solo

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), rhythm charts 10-12, Polar Express, holiday ensembles, solos if you have one already, For on this Day, Jungle Dance

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