Hudson Hawk Band Updates
Week of 2/6/2023
Drop-off Procedure Changes THIS WEEK ONLY
Because we will not be on campus, students will not be allowed to enter through the band hall door before school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday morning. (The only exception to this is Wind Symphony trumpets on Wednesday morning for sectionals and private lesson students.) The band hall doors will be closed and locked - both the exterior and interior doors. Students will be able to enter the band hall to put their instrument away before 1st period, once the bell rings to release students from the gym or cafeteria at 8:44am. The after school procedures are normal - students may come get their instrument after school and leave from the exterior band hall door to be picked up in the back of the school.
SCHEDULE CHANGES THIS WEEK
SELECT BEGINNER BAND READ THIS:
There WILL be rehearsal this Monday for the Select Beginner Band. Rehearsal will be from 4:15-5:15pm and students should be picked up from the back of the school at the end of rehearsal. Depending on how this rehearsal goes, we may decide to extend future rehearsals by an extra 15 minutes - we will keep you posted!
HONORS BAND READ THIS:
Sectionals for Honors Band will continue this week. The sectional schedule for Honors Band can be found here. Wednesday and Thursday HONORS BAND sectionals will be cancelled this week. Monday and Tuesday sectionals will happen as normal for HONORS BAND.
WIND SYMPHONY READ THIS:
This week we need to make sectional changes due to Mrs. Becker being gone at the TMEA convention. Clarinets will have sectionals on Tuesday morning at 7:55am and Trumpets will have sectionals on Wednesday morning at 7:55am. All other sectionals this week will be cancelled. Thank you for being flexible this week as we prioritize portions of our UIL music that need the most work.
Sectionals are required for all students in both Honors Band and Wind Symphony. Grades are given for attendance and playing tests given during sectional time. Please do your best to arrange appointments outside of sectional days whenever possible. Thank you so much for your help with this!
JAZZ BAND READ THIS:
Since Mrs. Becker will be gone to TMEA on Friday, we will NOT have jazz band rehearsal after school on Friday. However, you will receive 2 new tunes on Tuesday and are expected to look them over before our next rehearsal next Friday, February 17.
Spring Trip Contract EXTENSION
See this link for the list of students who earned a free trip by raising $150 or more on our PAT fundraiser.
Parents who wish to join us on the trip as a chaperone must fill out this form. There are only 24 chaperone spots available, so please fill out this form ASAP if you wish to join us.
Advanced Band Solo Contest - PIANO REHEARSAL SCHEDULE ADDED
This performance is mandatory and each student will receive 2 test grades - one for their performance on the day of the contest and one for their preparation with the piano accompanist prior to the contest. Each student will perform their solo with a piano accompaniment and will have 2 opportunities to practice their solo with the accompanist the 2 weeks prior to the contest. They should be spending the majority of their practice time working on this solo.
Students who are academically ineligible (based on the Quarter 2 report card) are not allowed to perform at the contest. Instead, they will have a makeup performance at Hudson the week of March 6 (exact date TBD).
Piano Rehearsal Schedule Link HERE.
There are 2 tabs on the linked document - one for woodwinds, and one for brass & percussion. Please note the 2 dates your student will have a piano rehearsal. For those who have a rehearsal scheduled at a time of another class period, we will work with those teachers to have the student come to the band hall for their rehearsal.
HB & WS Side-by-Side Rehearsals
Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 4:30-7:45pm
3901 Miles Road
Wind Symphony will eat at Sachse HS at 5:30pm and will rehearse from 6:00-7:45pm. We will not walk over together - WS students need to arrive on their own to SHS at 5:30pm for dinner (and don't forget your instrument/music). They will rehearse with the Sachse Wind Ensmeble on our UIL music and need to be picked up from the FRONT OF SACHSE HS at 7:45pm.
These Side-by-Side rehearsals are required and a test grade will be given for the students' attendance and rehearsal etiquette during the rehearsal.
A Word About Braces
February 25 - Advanced Band solo contest
March 6-7 - HB & WS Pre-UIL Evaluation
April 4-5 - HB & WS UIL Evaluation
April 22 - Beginner All-Star Band Audition
April 27 - WS Peak Festival
May 6 - Beginner Solo Contest
May 12 - Spring Festival for All Band Students
May 13 - All-Star Band Clinic/Concert
May 17 - HMS Bands Spring Concert for All Students
Winter Practice Challenge
School-Owned Instrument Usage Fees
Oboes, bassoons, bass clarinets, tenor saxes, bari saxes, French horns, euphoniums, tubas, and the few students who play a different instrument that is owned by the school will see that fee now and can pay it by cash, check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), or through Charms (using Paypal).
This fee was originally supposed to be paid in Skyward, but we are adjusting the process for ease of charge and payment.
If you have any questions or have any issues logging in to Charms to check on fees, please let me know and I am happy to help!
Spring Band Fees
Advanced Band Supplies
BAND App Links
22-23 ALL HMS Band Students/Parents
Private Lessons Filling Up
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.
Clear Bag Policy
Garland ISD has a clear bag policy that will be in effect at all games and performances this year. Please familiarize yourself with the policy so you aren't caught off guard this year.
GISD VIP Pass for Seniors
Senior citizens 65 and older can get free general admission to GISD-hosted athletics and Fine Arts events with a VIP pass.
Volunteer Application REQUIRED
In order to volunteer on any GISD campus, you must have a completed/accepted volunteer application on file. It must be renewed each year. We will definitely ask for volunteers throughout the year. Please consider signing up! https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/MTE6ZW4tVVM=#
Clear Bag Policy
GISD VIP Pass for Seniors
Volunteer Application REQUIRED
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
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.
Heather Becker - Director
Dan Urban - Assistant Director