Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 3/21/22

8th Grade Parents - PLEASE READ

All 8th grade band students in GISD are asked to complete this form before March 23rd. The form asks for contact information and about each student's plans for high school. Filling out this form helps every high school band in the district begin their planning for the fall semester. This is NOT a contract - it is simply a way for the high school bands in the district to gather the information they need to make plans. You know I am a bit competitive and would love to be able to brag about how our school was the first one to fill out the forms. Thanks in advance for taking care of this!

Spring Trip Payments Due FRIDAY

Final payments for the spring trip are due this Friday, March 25. You can check your student's Charms account (using the info provided below to log in) to see what is still owed and even make payments electronically. Thank you for taking care of this so we can make our payment to the festival company on time.

5th Grade Instrument Demonstration Trip

Congratulations to the following students for earning the opportunity to perform for the 5th graders on our upcoming recruiting trips:

Gerardo Juarez - flute, Levi Schneider - oboe, Bria Griffin - bassoon, Miley Garcia - clarinet, Kylie Atterbury - saxophone, Owen Choate - trumpet, Mosi Solis - French horn, Brendan McDonough - trombone, Hailey Jeffreys - euphonium, Liliana Vega - tuba, Rylan Covey - percussion

These students will travel to our 3 feeder elementary schools to show off their instruments and help us get the 5th graders excited about joining band in GISD. They will perform again on Tuesday, March 22. The itinerary for the performance dates can be found here.

Sectionals Cancelled NEXT WEEK

Due to the interim STAAR testing and our Pre-UIL performances, the Wind Symphony and Honors Band students will NOT have sectionals NEXT WEEK (week of March 28).


We DO have sectionals this week and it is very important for all students to be on time and prepared for these extra rehearsals.

Return Contest Uniforms

If your Wind Symphony or Honors Band student still has their contest uniform at home, it MUST be returned by Wednesday, March 23 so we can organize everything and have it ready for our Pre-UIL performances next week. As a reminder, all parts of the uniform can go in the washer, but NOTHING CAN GO IN THE DRYER!!!

Honors Band Pre-UIL Evaluation

Monday, March 28th, 2pm

3505 Hayman Drive

Garland, TX

The Honors Band will perform their UIL program for judges and practice sightreading at this contest at Lakeview Centennial High School. They will wear our contest uniforms and will be fed lunch by the band before we leave. Parents/Family/Friends are invited and encouraged to attend this performance!

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Wind Symphony Pre-UIL Evaluation

Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30pm

4700 President George Bush Highway

Rowlett, TX

The Wind Symphony will perform their UIL program for judges and practice sightreading at this contest at Rowlett High School. They will wear our contest uniforms and will be fed dinner by the band before we leave. Parents/Family/Friends are invited and encouraged to attend this performance!

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Spring 50 Day Practice Challenge

We will be starting another 50 day practice challenge after Spring Break. The challenge will run from March 21-May 22 and will end with a movie reward for students who complete 50 days of practice (at least 20 minutes) over the course of those days. The physical paper will be due no later than May 25 and must include a parent signature in order for a student to earn the movie reward. We do not know which movie we will be watching yet, but will let you know once we have made that decision.

Spread the Word!

Do you know any current 5th graders who are coming to Hudson next year?! If so, please share our BAND WEBSITE with them and have them sign up for one of our upcoming instrument fitting drives so we can help them pick an instrument.

Our best recruiters are current and former band parents and students. Your positive words and posts about our program go a long way in helping families choose to join our band. We thank you in advance for your help!

All-Region Performance Recordings

If your student performed with the TMEA Region 3 All-Region Bands back in January, the recordings from those concerts are now available. You can find the recordings at this link. This is a zipped file, so if you have any trouble accessing the recordings, please let me know and I will find another way to share them with you.

Band Fee Payments

Please take a moment this week to login to your student's Charms account. Make sure to login as a Parent/Student/Member. You will need to use hudsonsoundmachine as the school code. Student passwords should be either just the 6-digit ID number (for first time logins), sID# (that students are used to), capitalized first and last initials plus ID# (HB123456), or something different you or your student has chosen. If you need help resetting a password, please let me know. When you ask for a password to be reset, I will change it to CAPITALIZED first and last initial followed by student ID# (ex. HB123456).


After logging in, you can see payments due in the financial tab, make changes to personal information, see uniform parts that have been checked out, school-owned instrument information, and more.


Spring Band fees are now past due. Please make every effort to take care of this payment ASAP. If you have a financial hardship, please communicate that with us so we can help!

Using the Charms System for Band

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.


We have had to send many instruments to the repair shop this year and this fee helps pay for those repairs and regular maintenance. Please help make sure we can continue repairing instruments as needed by submitting this district fee. 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.

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:

Rhythm Rockers units 1-7, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 12-15 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 6-8 in Boot Camp book, SCALES!!! We have started Scale Masters and will award a trophy to the first student in each class who passes off all of their scales, Solos


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


Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 7-10, UIL songs


Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), all rhythm charts, UIL tunes, technical exercises in Bb, Eb, Ab, and F

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

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director