Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 8/15/22

Thanks in Advance!!!

All of the newsletters won't be this full of information. Thanks in advance for reading through ALL of the material. We appreciate you taking the time to stay informed!

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!

22-23 Band Shirt Order Form for Friends & Family

We will be ordering our 2022-2023 Hudson Band t-shirts next week and would love our band families and friends to support the band by ordering a shirt. We have collected student sizes already and one shirt is included in each student's band fees.

If you would like to order EXTRA shirts (for parents, siblings, etc.), please fill out this form.


After we have collected orders, we will charge the extra shirt fee to the student Charms accounts and make the item available to be paid for by credit card on the band website. You can pay by cash or check before August 19th, and by credit card through the website and/or Paypal through Charms after August 20th.

Advanced Band Parent Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 18th, 6:30pm

4405 Hudson Park

Sachse, TX

The Advanced Bands parent meeting begins at 6:30pm. Honors and Symphonic Band parents will meet in the cafeteria. Wind Symphony parents will meet in the band hall. We will discuss everything you need to know about band this year and all of the things we get to do again, collect required handbook forms and fees, and answer any questions you may have.

Canvas Update

When you log into Canvas, you will see that ALL Beginner Band students class shows Clarinet and ALL Advanced Band students show up as Non-Varsity Band. We combine all of the classes into one for ease of adding assignments and grading. If you look under "People" you should still see your student in the correct class. This is truly just for us to save time - instead of having to input assignments 12 times, we only have to do it twice. When we sync grades to Skyward, they will be correct and show up as the class your child is enrolled in. Thanks for your understanding!

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.

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.

Beginner Band Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 6:30pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All beginner band parents should attend our meeting at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss band policies and procedures, let you know exactly what events we have planned for the year, collect forms and fees, and answer your questions.


All band students have been issued a locker to store their band instrument and band binder in during the school day. We have locks available for any student who wants to use one this year. It will be optional to use a lock, however, we will not be responsible for items that go missing or are damaged from a locker being used without a lock.


If you would like to use your own lock, you are free to do so. You will need to provide the band directors with a copy of the key or the combination if you choose to use your own lock.

Parents please help your student practice opening a combination lock. It is not a skill most students have experience with; they can definitely use your help!

Quick Communication - Remind

We will be using the Remind app to communicate quickly. Please join the any of the following groups that apply to you by sending a text message to the number 81010

The message for ALL HMS Bands is @hawkbd2223

The message for Beginner Band is @begbandhms

The message for Symphonic Band is @symphhms

The message for Honors Band is @honorshms

The message for Wind Symphony is @windsymhms

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.

Morning/Afternoon Procedures

At this time, all students should be bringing all instruments and band supplies to school daily.

When students arrive at school in the morning they will come straight to the band hall to drop off their instrument and band binder. After putting their instrument in their locker, they will report straight to either the cafeteria to eat breakfast or to the big gym if they are not eating.


At the end of the day, students will come down to the band hall at dismissal to pick up their instrument and band binder to take it home and practice each night. If your student is a car rider, you are welcome to drop off and pick up your student in the back of the building (near door #11), where the band hall exit is. **It is less crowded at pickup in the back - take advantage of being in the band!**

When we begin sectionals with the Honors Band and Wind Symphony students, the band hall will open at 7:50am. That will begin the 3rd week of school. Until that time, the band hall will open at 8:15am.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director