Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 8/29/22

1st Progress Report This Week

The 1st progress report grades must be entered this Sunday, August 28. For band, your students will have grades reflective of their objective sheets. We have collected their objective sheets and will be updating them so you can see where they are at once progress reports come out. The biggest thing that lowers band grades is students not submitting their weekly practice log. Advanced Band students have already begun submitting these weekly logs on Mondays. Beginners have practiced submitting the first log and will continue every Monday starting 8/29. Please encourage your student to turn in ALL work in ALL classes - that truly is the secret to maintain passing grades in middle school!

Missed the Beginner Parent Meeting?

If you missed the Beginner Band parent meeting, you can find the entire presentation here. There is a lot of information here, so please let me know if you have any questions after reviewing the presentation.

Get Involved with Practice-a-Thon

Calling all parents! We need your help with our fundraising efforts for our upcoming annual fundraiser. We promise it isn’t a daunting task but we do need your help so we can reach out to all the local businesses within our area.

We have a letter generated that we can easily email to you to help make the process easier for you.

Can we count on you to help us? Please use this link to sign up.

Have questions? Contact Margaret Finley at 214-738-5868 (cell) or

Upcoming Events

Booster Club Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for the first booster club meeting of the year in the band hall. Enter through the back of the school to door #11. We will be discussing upcoming events and planning ALL that will go into the Practice-a-Thon fundraiser and party.

Gathering Interest for Dallas Winds Concert

The Dallas Winds is one of the premiere Wind Ensembles in the world. On October 18, they are performing the world premiere of a new clarinet piece by John Mackey with one of the world's current most famous clarinet players, Julian Bliss. We would love to take our clarinet players to see this incredible concert and want to see what the interest level would be. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but with group pricing would probably cost between $15-25. Please fill out this form if your clarinet player is interested in attending.

More Upcoming Events

Sign up for Private Lessons

The single biggest investment you can make in your student's musical advancement is signing them up for private lessons. Return the private lesson enrollment form to get your student started ASAP. Lessons are $20 each week and the fee is paid directly to the instructor. The quicker you return the enrollment form, the more likely your student is to receive their preferred time slot for lessons. Our teachers are THE BEST and they DO fill up every year.

If finances are the only thing holding you back from signing up for private lessons, we do offer some scholarship assistance. We have a small number of 1/2 and 3/4 scholarships available. **Please fill out the scholarship application no later than September 2nd to be considered for a scholarship.**

Order Yard Signs and Car Decals

We will be taking orders for yard signs and car decals from now until September 30th. We will put the charge for the orders in each student's Charms account after receiving the order form. You have until October 21st to complete the payment for the orders. Any orders that have not been paid for by October 21st will be cancelled. Expected delivery of the car decals and yard signs is early November.

Car Decal Order Form

Yard Sign Order Form

Repeat Information

Switching to BAND app over Remind

Because our band has grown so big, we can no longer use Remind. We have reached the maximum participants in multiple classes and do not have space for more unless we upgrade our account (which costs more than we wish to spend). We will be switching messaging services to the BAND app (which the Sachse HS band also uses) to align our cluster. Please sign up for the appropriate class(es) for your student. We will NO LONGER be using Remind, so if you were just signed up for band, you will not need that app/number any longer. Thanks for understanding!

22-23 ALL HMS Band Students/Parents

Beginner Band

Symphonic Band

Honors Band

Wind Symphony


Honors Band and Wind Symphony Sectionals

Honors Band and Wind Symphony students will begin sectionals THIS WEEK (August 22). Sectionals are an extra small group rehearsal that takes place outside of the school day. These sectionals are required and grades will be given for playing tests and pass-offs done during the sectional time. Please make every effort to schedule extra activities and appointments around this sectional schedule.

Honors Band Sectional Schedule

Wind Symphony Sectional Schedule

Advanced Band Supply List

If you missed our Advanced Band supply list at the end of last year, you can see the needed items at this link. We will be using the Foundations for Superior Performance book in all advanced band classes this year. The flip folder will also be needed before the first performance (August 19th for Wind Symphony and September 20th for Honors and Symphonic Band). Many of the items listed can be purchased at any of our recommended music stores, and possibly even cheaper there. We made the supply list with links to Amazon for ease, but feel free to purchase the supplies wherever you would like!

Band Fees

Because our school band budget is so small, we have to charge a band fee so that we can provide the best music education experience for all our band students. This band fee covers all instructional materials (band binder and all its contents), band shirt, contest entry fees, solo accompanist fees, performance music, music theory subscription, transportation, meals before performances, incentive days, and so much more. We set up our band fees to be collected up front (or split into payments), so that we are not constantly asking for $5 here, $7 there, etc.

This year, you can pay band fees through cash or check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), Paypal through Charms (watch this video to walk you through the Charms system), and for the first time - credit card through the band website. Visit the band website and enter the password HawkBD2223 to enter the secure page and pay online. Please consider adding the optional donation to your cart to cover the credit card fees we incur using this convenient service.

If you have a financial hardship, please communicate with us so we can help you. We never want a student to be unable to participate due to finances and will do everything we can to work with your family and ensure your student is included.

Log in to 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 their capitalized initials in front (i.e. HB123456) unless you've changed it to something else.

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

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director