Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 11/7/2022

All-District Auditions Success!

On Saturday, our Wind Symphony students auditioned for the GISD All-District Bands. For most of these students, it was their first time to go through the audition process, which can be pretty intimidating. They have been working on the music and their scales since August and have all improved so much in their preparation. We are incredibly proud of ALL of them for their effort and their courage throughout the audition process. They get to keep working for one more week, then audition again next Saturday for one of the TMEA Region 3 All-Region Bands. We are so excited for them and can't wait to see how much more they grow in the next few days. Congratulations to all!!!
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Upcoming Events

Help With Uniforms

We still need parent help to organize our uniforms and get our Honors and Wind Symphony students fitted for their upcoming competitions. If you are available on November 8-10, please sign up in Charms to help us with this project.

Wind Symphony All-Region Auditions

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 8:30am-4pm

801 Laurence Drive

Rockwall, TX

Wind Symphony students will audition for the TMEA All-Region Bands this weekend. WE WILL HAVE A BUS AVAILABLE TO TAKE STUDENTS TO ROCKWALL HEATH, BUT THERE WILL NOT BE A RETURN BUS.

We have not received audition information yet, but will share it as soon as it is sent to us. In the past, flutes, clarinets, alto saxes, trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphoniums, and percussion have had a Phase 1 audition in the morning and possibly/hopefully a Phase 2 audition in the afternoon. Typically oboes, bassoons, bass clarinets, tenor saxes, bari saxes, and tubas have only had one audition in the afternoon. Students are NOT required to ride the bus, but it is available to anyone who chooses to ride. The bus will leave Hudson at 7:30am. Students will need to be at Hudson between 7:15-7:25am to catch the bus if they choose to ride it in the morning.

I will be working in the contest office all day (in the library) if there is an issue that you need my help with. Mr. Urban will be in one of the rooms judging and will be unavailable to help with any problems. The audition will run much like the All-District auditions, just with many more students.

Booster Club Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for our next booster club meeting. Enter through door #11 in the back of the building.

Advanced Band Supplies

Please make sure your student in the Wind Symphony, Honors Band, or Symphonic Band have their required supplies for this year. We are using the Foundations for Superior Performance book in all band classes and many students do not yet have the book. We are also beginning to work on tuning and if your student does not still have their tuner/metronome from beginner band, they will need one ASAP.

Next Band Fee Payment Due

If you are splitting the fee over 6 months, the next payment is due November 18. Please make sure to stay on top of these payments so we can continue providing the necessary items and experiences for your student.

Fall 50 Day Practice Challenge

All students should have received the Fall 50 Day Practice Challenge paper in class the day before Fall Break. If students practice for 50 out of the 63 days on the paper (beginning Sunday, October 9), they will be invited to the Pajama Elf Movie Dodgeball Extravaganza Party on December 14. Parents need to initial each box on the days the student practices and a practice session must be at least 20 minutes long.

Wind Symphony and Honors Band Fall Festival Trip

We have not filled up the chaperone list for the Wind Symphony & Honors Band trip in December. If you would like to volunteer to chaperone the trip, please fill out this form. There are only 12 chaperone spots available - first come, first served.

Please remember that if you did not pay the full $30 trip fee with the contract, the remainder is due after Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 28.


Wednesday, December 7 - Beginner Band after school rehearsal to prepare for holiday concerts. 4:15-5:45pm.

Monday, December 12 - Beginner Band Holiday Concert at SHS auditorium. Students will stay after school, walk to the high school together, warm up, and perform. Concert begins at 6:00pm. Students will wear their band t-shirt and jeans/dark pants. They can wear festive accessories as well.

Tuesday, December 13 - Advanced Bands Holiday Concert at SHS auditorium. Students will arrive at SHS at 5:15pm for warm-up. Concert begins at 6:00pm. Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will wear their contest uniforms (black dresses for girls and tux pants, shirts, vests, and ties for boys). Symphonic Band students will wear dress clothes for this concert.

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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


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.

Private Lessons Filling Up

Our private teachers are THE BEST and their schedules are starting to fill up. If you are going to sign up for private lessons, DON'T WAIT - TURN IN THE ENROLLMENT FORM ASAP.

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.

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