Hudson Hawk Band Updates

February 22-26

Wishing You Well

You have all been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I know many of our families have suffered power outages, frozen/busted pipes, boil water notices, and so much more, on top of everything we already were dealing with from the pandemic. I pray that you are all safe and warm, with all necessities at your disposal. If that is not the case and there is any way the Hudson Band family can help you, please reach out. We want to help how we can!

UIL Rehearsal for Honors Band & Wind Symphony Students - TIME CHANGE

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 4:15-6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Virtual students in Wind Symphony and Honors Band who have signed up to participate in the UIL performances will have their third IN-PERSON rehearsal THIS WEEK. Please drop off in the BACK of the school and have students enter directly into the band hall through the door with the platform. Students will have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter. ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR MASKS! We will provide students with bell covers and special masks to wear while playing instruments as well. Don't forget your instrument and band binder/music!


ALL Face-to-Face HONORS BAND & WIND SYMPHONY STUDENTS are required to stay for this rehearsal. We only have 2 rehearsals together before we must record our Pre-UIL performance, so it is imperative that all students are in attendance.


Pickup will also be in the BACK of the school, outside of the band hall. We can't wait to see you again!!!

Permission Slip for UIL

For all Wind Symphony & Honors Band students, please make sure your student returns their Field Trip Permission Slip ASAP. This form is required since we will be recording at Sachse High School for these two performances. Thank you to those who have already returned the form!

Week of February 22 - Assignments Due

ALL BAND STUDENTS

1. Practice Log 2/8-2/21


Advanced Band Students only

2. Solo Contest Video Recording - TEST GRADE


Beginner Band Students only

2. Breezin' Thru Theory - Chapter 2 - Mad Dash Drill 5A - Ear Training

EXTENSION - Solo & Ensemble Contest Recording Assignment

ALL SOLO VIDEOS ARE NOW DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23!!!!


ALL 7th and 8th grade students should be working on their solo for the Solo & Ensemble contest. We have secured recordings of the piano parts that they will play along with in their submissions. This is a REQUIRED event and ALL students will receive a TEST GRADE for their participation.


For their solo, they will need to dress nicely, introduce themselves and what piece they are performing, and have their ENTIRE BODY visible in their video. They will play along with the piano recording, making sure you can hear both the piano and the student in the video.


A detailed instructional video has been posted, and the assignment is already available on Canvas. Students who complete their Solo Contest Recording Assignment by the end due date (February 23) will receive a bonus 100 to replace their lowest grade so far this grading cycle.

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Pre-UIL Attire

For our Wind Symphony and Honors Band students participating in UIL, they will all need solid black clothing from head-to-toe for our recording performance on Tuesday, March 2. We will use this uniform for both the Pre-UIL and UIL recording concerts. Please make sure all clothes are SOLID black (including shoes).

Pre-UIL Performance/Recording Event

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2:30-4:30pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

All Face-to-Face Wind Symphony and Honors Band students and Virtual students from those classes who have opted IN to the UIL performance will WALK to Sachse High School on Tuesday, March 2 to record our performance for Pre-UIL. Students will be released from 8th period and will need to wear HEAD-TO-TOE BLACK CLOTHING for the performance.


**If your student is virtual and participating, please drop them off at the front door of Sachse HS at 2:45pm.**


ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BE PICKED UP FROM SACHSE HIGH SCHOOL AT 4:30pm.


Parents are not allowed to attend the performance, but we will share our recording with you!


We are recording at Sachse High School because they have more space for our group to safely perform and our recording will sound MUCH better than if we recorded in our gym or cafeteria.

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Helpful Info/Reminders

6/7 Grade Choice of Subject

Our current 6th and 7th graders should receive their Choice of Subject form for the 2021-2022 school year very soon. We wanted to point out that if your student has been struggling this year and hasn't been as excited about band, we WILL get back to "normal" band in the future. The way we've been forced to have rehearsals and concerts this year is atypical and not nearly as fun. If your student has been missing out on the football games, field trips, and contests, they are not alone! We hope that you will all continue in band next year and that we will get to enjoy all our favorite parts of being in band again very soon! Hang in there!

School-Owned Instrument Usage Fees

The $50 per year ($25/semester) fee charged by GISD for students who use a school-owned instrument (oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax, French horn, euphonium, and tuba) has now been assessed to your student's Skyward account. The payment for the use of the school instrument is due by March 1, but can be paid online anytime now. You can use a credit card in Skyward or send cash/check (made out to Hudson Middle School) with your student to school. Further details about how to pay online will be sent soon for those who need extra help completing their payment.


**Occasionally, we have students that play other instruments, not listed above, who use a school-owned instrument. The fee has been assessed to those students as well.**


For step-by-step instructions to pay this fee in Skyward, CLICK HERE.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director