Band

About the Hawk Band

The Hudson Band is home to over 320 talented musicians in 6-8 grade. We are the biggest band in GISD!  In 2022-2023, our students participated in Solo & Ensemble contests and earned 183 1st division medals.  We had 40 students nominated for Outstanding Soloist awards and 3 students chosen as the Outstanding Soloist of their contest.

Our Wind Symphony students auditioned for both the GISD All-District and TMEA Region 3 All-Region Bands in 2022 and 29 students earned a chair in one or both of the bands.

Our Beginner Band students auditioned for the first ever GISD All-Star Band in April and we had 43 students earn a chair (4 were first chair), the most in the whole district!

In 2019 we were the first middle school band program in GISD to have 3 bands earn a Sweepstakes award at UIL in the same year.  We are history makers! We are proud of the work our students do in and outside of the classroom and look forward to continuing that legacy each year.  We are happy to say our band is a family and we love and support each other through our trials and successes.

Band memories from 2022-2023

The Wind Symphony outside the Eisemann Center after their Peak Festival performance.
The Honors Band students posing together after earning at Sweepstakes trophy at UIL.
The whole Hudson Band after performing at the SoundPost music festival.
Band students after performing at the Epic Waters music festival.
Hudson's large beginner band performing at their first concert in the fall.
All-Star band students posing in front of a tree.
Band students performing at the football game.

Meet our band directors

Heather Becker

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Band Director
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Learn more about Heather Becker 

Dan Urban

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Assistant Band Director
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Learn more about Dan Urban

Ryan Neff

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Assistant Band Director

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Join our band program 

band students practice the snare drums

Find all you need to know about picking an instrument and preparing for fall 2023 on the district website Band page.

We look forward to having your student in our music programs for the 2023-24 school year.


Future Hawk band students  

We believe that the instrument usually chooses the child! The best way to select a child's primary band instrument is to have them go through the process of trying out their top 3-5 choices. Your HMS Band directors are experienced and knowledgeable in helping select instruments based on physical and academic needs, strengths, and weaknesses. 

Traditionally, we decide on instrument choices at one of our scheduled Instrument Selection drives. The Instrument Selection drives for the 2024-2025 school year will be held in late April.  All instrument fittings will take place in the band hall at Hudson.  We can't wait to see you there!

Instrument covers of songs

Curious about what each instrument sounds like? Take a listen to the videos below:

Selecting your band instrument

**Disclaimer** If you have already chosen an instrument to play next year, we still need you to go through Steps 1-3 so we can ensure you are enrolled in the correct class.

  1. Sign up for a time slot to meet with a band director for instrument selection. 
  2. Find the supply list below that corresponds to your student's chosen instrument, after you have met with us, and make sure you secure the needed instrument/supplies prior to the first day of school.
  3. Secure your instrument and/or supplies before the first day of school. It is important to obtain an instrument from one of our recommended music stores, if at all possible. If you choose to get an instrument elsewhere, please contact us prior to purchasing so we can ensure you are getting a good quality instrument that will last. We can also help you find great, used instruments for very reasonable prices.  

Supply lists by instrument

Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Clarinet
Saxophone
Trumpet
French Horn
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

We are so excited to have you join the HMS band family!  No matter what your musical background is, we have a place for your child in the Hudson band program.  Although our Beginner Band is typically made up of 6th grade students, we also welcome 7th and 8th grade students to join our program! We will help you decide which instrument best fits your child and we will communicate any schedule changes with our wonderful counselors.

We will communicate any schedule changes with our wonderful counselors. Please feel free to email your directors with any questions you may have.