Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 9/6/21

GISD Band Fest

Monday, Sep. 27th, 6:30pm

1209 East Centerville Road

Garland, TX

Wind Symphony students will perform. An itinerary will be available for the day's events soon. Family, friends, and community members are invited to attend the performance. You will see ALL 7 GISD high school bands perform their competitive halftime shows, ALL 12 middle school bands perform an individual song, and ALL 12 middle school bands perform together on the field. Purchase a ticket for $5 from any Wind Symphony band member or contact Mrs. Becker to purchase additional tickets.

A huge bonus is that our band gets to keep 100% of the profits from any tickets we sell. We've got 250 tickets available and can get more if needed.

Let's Talk About Grades

The gradebook is completely updated both in Canvas and in Skyward with every assignment that should have been completed and turned in. If your student has a 0, they have not completed the assignment.


All band students must complete a weekly practice log in Canvas. It is the first assignment we complete EVERY Monday. In updating the gradebook it is becoming apparent that some students are selecting the wrong class when they complete this assignment. Students are also filling out the practice log using their nickname instead of their legal name. When we sort the results of the practice log form, these issues cause students' practice log minutes to show up on the spreadsheet in the wrong location and make it much easier for us to make a mistake when transferring the grades into Skyward or Canvas. Please make sure students are completing the form correctly every week.


We are also assigning drills in Breezin' Thru Theory regularly. You can watch THIS VIDEO to walk through the process of completing the Breezin' Thru Theory drills. We have gone over this in every class, but some students are not completing the correct drills and/or forgetting to submit the drill once it's complete. Please help us make sure your student has watched the video and knows where to find the required drills each week.

Booster Club Meeting & Fundraiser Check-In

Monday, Sep. 13th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Meeting will be held virtually due to the current "yellow" Covid status at Hudson.


Booster Club Meeting & Fundraiser Check-In

Monday, September 13 · 7:00 – 8:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/rpr-gjof-ykt

Sachse High School Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 5-7pm

3815 Sachse Road

Sachse, TX

All 7th and 8th grade band students are invited to walk with the Sachse HS band in the Homecoming Parade. More details will come soon. We do need donations of candy for our students to hand out during the parade.

Practice-a-Thon Donations & Volunteers

We will be kicking off our huge fundraiser in all band classes this Tuesday, September 7th. If you would like to help with donations of food, drinks, etc. for the Practice-a-Thon party or volunteer your time as a chaperone, please use the SIGNUP GENIUS to fill the band's needs for this huge fundraiser.

All students will receive an envelope with a Practice-a-Thon Fundraiser Packet and can start asking for sponsors very soon!

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:

Flutes - Headjoint Exercises (open, low, high), tonguing on headjoint, BAG on whole flute (first notes page), Rhythm Rockers unit 1 & 2, Alphabet Masters level 1 & 2

Oboe/Bassoon - Tonguing on reed, Bocal Majority boot camp book Unit 1 & 2, Rhythm Rockers unit 1, 2, & 3, Alphabet Masters level 1 & 2

Clarinets - Tonguing on mouthpiece & barrel, Finger wiggles, clarinet first notes page, Rhythm Rockers unit 1 & 2, Alphabet Masters level 1 & 2

Saxes - Tonguing on mouthpiece & neck, BAGFE on whole sax (sax notes page), Sound Innovations pgs. 5 & 6, Rhythm Rockers unit 1 & 2, Alphabet Masters level 1 & 2

Trumpets Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 & 2 (lines 1-5 mouthpiece and instrument), Sound Innovations pg. 5

French Horns -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 & 2 (lines 1-5 mouthpiece and instrument), Sound Innovations pg. 5

Trombones -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 & 2 (lines 1-5 mouthpiece and instrument), Sound Innovations pg. 5

Euphoniums/Tubas -Alphabet Masters, alignment/posture, breathing-blowing, low-high buzzing, Rhythm Rockers Unit 1 & 2 (lines 1-5 mouthpiece and instrument), Sound Innovations pg. 5

Percussion - Counting assignments 3 & 4 (due in Canvas), counting assignments 5 & 6 in class


Symphonic Band: Alignment/Posture, Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, and Eb scales, rhythm chart 1-5, Machine 1, Imperial March, 7 Nation Army,


Honors Band: Alignment/Posture, Longtones 1A, Set1 Opt.1, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm chart 1-6, Fight Song, Imperial March, On Your left, Hey Song, 7 Nation Army, Creatures in the Attic


Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), All-Region music, rhythm charts 6-7, Star Spangled Banner, Don't Stop Believin', Shake it Off

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

New Band T-Shirts

We are continuing to give out band shirts to students as they make payments towards their band fees. A minimum payment of $10 will allow your student to receive their shirt. Cash, check (made out to Hudson Band Boosters), or Paypal in Charms are available payment options.


We have given parent shirts to students whose parents have made the payment for their shirts as well. If you have not received your shirt and believe you should have, please contact Mrs. Becker.

Car Decals & Yard Sign Orders

The Booster Club has started selling Hudson Band car decals and Hudson Band yard signs. The designs can be personalized with your student's name and instrument if you'd like. We will be taking orders from now until October 15. Please allow 4-5 weeks to receive your items. Use the forms below to place an order.

Car Decal Order Form

Yard Sign Order Form

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. 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.

These students also need to return their Instrument Usage Contract by Friday, August 27th with notation about any existing damage to the instrument. If they have more than one school-owned instrument, they will need to submit more than one form.

School-Owned Instrument Questions

Please direct all school-owned instrument questions to Mr. Urban as he handles all of the instrument inventory at Hudson. Thanks!


If you have emailed Mrs. Becker about an instrument issue, she is forwarding your emails to Mr. Urban.

Using the Charms System for Band

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director