Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 1/10/22

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Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to enjoy time with family and friends. We hope you were able to stay healthy as well!

The best part of a school year is that you get 2 fresh starts - the very beginning of the year AND the beginning of the 2nd semester. We have a chance to make changes to things that weren't working before, renew our commitments to ourselves and our classmates, and set goals for the 2nd half of the year. The spring semester in band goes quickly and allows us to perform a lot and experience fun activities and competitions. Please make sure to read this newsletter each week to make sure you are aware of what is happening in class and what is coming up for your student.

New HMS Band Hoodie Design

Congratulations to Aidan Alfaro for coming up with the winning design for our new band hoodies! We are working with our screen printer this week to get information on pricing and timelines. You can expect to find information about ordering the new hoodie in next week's Smore.

Wind Symphony Spring Sectional Schedule

The Wind Symphony sectional schedule is changing for the spring semester. We will begin sectionals next week (on Tuesday, January 18 - due to the holiday on 1/17). Please notice that sectionals will be EVERY week, but will only last 45 minutes. It is IMPERATIVE that students are on time and READY TO PLAY (already warmed up) when sectionals begin. Thanks in advance for making sure your Wind Symphony student is present and on time to their sectionals.

Spring 2022 Wind Symphony Sectional Schedule

Grades and Eligibility

Academics are incredibly important to us and we expect all of our students to do well in ALL of their classes. This semester, passing ALL classes on report cards is necessary for students to participate in the competitions this spring and our trip to Pinstack in May. If you struggled last semester, make sure to start off on the right foot this quarter. Turn in ALL assignments ON TIME. That's the biggest secret to passing your classes - just don't get zeros! We know you are all capable of passing your classes and want to make sure you get to participate in the fun band activities this semester. Take care of business!

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 1-5, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 9-12 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 4 & 5 in Boot Camp book, SCALES!!!

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

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 6.5-9, UIL songs, solo

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), rhythm charts 10-14, solos, UIL tunes

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

Are You Handy? Like to Build Things?

I have grand visions of organizing our percussion storage room over the next few weeks because it's too small and we have too much equipment. If you happen to be handy and want to help build shelves for our cymbals, drum pads, and drum stands, please let me know! This picture is similar to what I have in mind.

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.
Using the Charms System for Band

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director