Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Weeks of 10/10/22 & 10/17/2022

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Congratulations Section/Students of the Week!

This week we are recognizing the Beginner Band Saxophone section - they played really great at the concert on Thursday and were very well-behaved during our break and throughout the day. They learn quickly in class and are practicing hard outside of class. We are very proud of them!

We are also recognizing Trapper Rohde (Wind Symphony saxophone) and Whitley Patteson (Beginner Band French horn). Trapper is ALWAYS prepared for class and knows his music so well. He is a wonderful aide in our saxophone class and is just an incredible example of what a band student should be. He makes us very proud! Whitley was incredibly helpful before and after the concert on Thursday night. She is always willing to help however we need her to, is a great horn player because she works super hard, and is such a sweet young lady!


Fall 50 Day Practice Challenge

All students should have received the Fall 50 Day Practice Challenge paper in class the day before Fall Break. If students practice for 50 out of the 63 days on the paper (beginning Sunday, October 9), they will be invited to the Pajama Elf Movie Dodgeball Extravaganza Party on December 14. Parents need to initial each box on the days the student practices and a practice session must be at least 20 minutes long.

Upcoming Events

8th Grade Band Night

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 5pm

1209 East Centerville Road

Garland, TX

Eligible 8th grade band students will participate in the football game with the Sachse High School Band. Click the button below for the detailed itinerary. This event is required for all eligible 8th grade students. Please note the transportation release form linked on the itinerary if you would like to take your student home from the stadium instead of them riding the bus back to HMS.

Practice-a-Thon Fundraiser Party

Friday, Oct. 21st, 6-10pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

All band students are invited to the Practice-a-Thon party. We hope you have done a small part to contribute to the fundraiser. Students must practice for 30 minutes during the party (practice times will be selected on Thursday, October 20).

**Parents - please consider helping us as a chaperone or with food/drink/prize donations; details are posted below.**

We Need More Help!!!

We need your help!

Our Practice-a-Thon is the biggest fundraiser we do all year and it is an incredible night of fun for our students. We strive to be frugal with our spending so the donations from the fundraiser can go to needed items like new instruments, cases, and music stands, instead of funding the party. This is why we are asking parents to donate supplies for the party. We need snack and drink donations - you can use this link to sign up to donate those items. We also need chaperones to help supervise on the night of the party and to help with setup and tear down. If you'd like to help chaperone the party on October 21st, please sign up using the volunteer tab in Charms. You can watch this video if you need guidance on volunteering in Charms. You MUST also be cleared as a volunteer through GISD. The link to the volunteer application can be found at the bottom of this Smore.

We also need prize donations. We will fill a trophy case with prizes that students can win. If you have any new, unused items that would make good prizes, or small gift cards, candy, etc., we would love to take them off your hands! Please send any prize donations with your student before October 19th.

Advanced Band Football Game Performance

Monday, Oct. 24th, 5:15-8pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

All eligible Advanced Band students will perform at the Pink Out Football Game vs. Jackson Technology Center. Click the button below for the detailed itinerary We will feed the students dinner from Chick-fil-A before the game. Students can wear either their HMS Band t-shirt or the Cheerleader sold Pink Out shirt.

Please pay special attention to the pickup location depending on what instrument your student plays!

Advanced Bands Fall Concert - DATE CHANGE!!!!!

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 6-7:30pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

Due to the district scheduling parent/teacher conferences on our original concert date, ALL Advanced Band students will perform at their Fall Concert in the Sachse HS auditorium on November 1st. Students will need to be dropped off at 5:15pm to warm-up. Doors will open to parents at 5:45pm. The GISD Clear Bag Policy will be in effect!

Students will wear their band t-shirt and jeans/dark pants and tennis shoes (no Crocs) for this concert. Students are REQUIRED to attend and stay for the ENTIRE concert. Click the button below for the detailed itinerary.

Help With Uniforms

We need parent help to organize our uniforms and get our Honors and Wind Symphony students fitted for their upcoming competitions. If you are available on November 8-10, please sign up in Charms to help us with this project.

Fundraiser Starting Off Strong!

We are 3/4 of the way to our goal! We have officially passed the $15K mark - we would love to blow our goal out of the water! This is an incredible start and will go such a long way to helping our band program purchase needed supplies/instruments and allowing us to give our students a really great experience this year with clinicians and fun trips. We still have almost 2 weeks left - keep up the great work!

Repeat Information - We are doing a Practice-a-Thon and will be collecting donations for students dedicating part of their evening on October 21st to practicing during our fundraiser party. Each student has received a packet of information explaining ALL of the fundraiser details (the packet can be found at this link). This year we are partnering with 99Pledges to be able to accept credit card donations as well. Parents - you should have received an email from 99Pledges inviting you to your student's individual fundraiser page. You can share it with friends and family across the country to help support our program and provide fun musical opportunities for our kids. *If you did not receive your email invitation, please check your spam folder or contact us to help you.*

Next Band Fee Payment Due

If you are splitting the fee over 6 months, the next payment is due October 21. Please make sure to stay on top of these payments so we can continue providing the necessary items and experiences for your student.

Looking Ahead

Friday, November 4 - OPTIONAL Advanced Band students perform at SHS Football game (Williams Stadium; game begins at 7:00pm)

*The SHS Band is traveling to San Antonio before the game and we will be filling in for them.*

Saturday, November 5 - Wind Symphony students audition for the GISD All-District Band at Lakeview Centennial HS. Exact times will be given out the week prior. There is no transportation for this audition.

Saturday, November 12 - Wind Symphony students audition for the TMEA Region 3 All-Region Band at Rockwall Heath HS. Exact times will be given out the week prior. There is no transportation for this audition.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors!

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Repeat Information

Switching to BAND app over Remind

Because our band has grown so big, we can no longer use Remind. We have reached the maximum participants in multiple classes and do not have space for more unless we upgrade our account (which costs more than we wish to spend). We will be switching messaging services to the BAND app (which the Sachse HS band also uses) to align our cluster. Please sign up for the appropriate class(es) for your student. We will NO LONGER be using Remind, so if you were just signed up for band, you will not need that app/number any longer. Thanks for understanding!

22-23 ALL HMS Band Students/Parents

Beginner Band

Symphonic Band

Honors Band

Wind Symphony


REMINDER - 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. 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!

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.

Private Lessons Filling Up

Our private teachers are THE BEST and their schedules are starting to fill up. If you are going to sign up for private lessons, DON'T WAIT - TURN IN THE ENROLLMENT FORM ASAP.

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.

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.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director