Trip Meeting Details

Happy Weekend!

Thank you for coming to our trip meeting last night. If you missed it do not worry, all the information we covered is right here. Our launch date for our fundraiser Snap! Raise is January 24 and all email addresses are due by January 23rd. If you have not done so already, click on this link Snap! Raise (code 649048781) to set up your account and start adding email address of people or business you think would sponsor part or all of your trip. The more email addresses the better!

If you are interested in being chaperone please let me know by emailing me. Here is the hand out from yesterday’s meeting with more details about payments. Any funds raised through the fundraiser will go directly to your individual account.

Atlanta Band Trip – May 5-7

Centennial Olympic Park, Hard Rock Café, SkyView Atlanta, Music in the Parks Festival, Six Flags Over Georgia (mega meal), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Georgia Aquarium

Your Adventure Includes
Professional Tour Director from Kaleidoscope Adventure
6 meals (all meals in Atlanta)
2 nights hotel stay (quad occupancy)
Round-trip motorcoach transportation
All admissions, entrance fees, taxes and most gratuities

Payment Schedule for students and chaperones:
February 3 – $250
March 3 – $250
March 23- $253 ($100 for chaperone)

Total – Student $753/Chaperone $600 (need 10-12)

-All payments should be made out to Hudson High Band Parents Inc.
– Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card and dropped in the red box
– if a check bounces we will need a reimbursement for the bank fee
– after the final payment we won’t be able to issue refunds unless you buy insurance through the travel company
– Fair Share needs to be paid
– The price is subject to change based on the final number of paying participants due to needing to fill up the charter bus or busses.

Travel Company – Kaleidoscope Adventure – An email will be sent out to you with a link from the travel company where you will set up a travel profile. This is also where you will be able to purchase travel insurance for $38 dollars

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Have a great weekend!!

Fundraiser and Band Trip!!!

Hello Everyone,

You might have heard the exciting news of our upcoming band trip to Atlanta, Georgia!!! We have been invited to compete in the Music In The Parks Festival in May. It would fantastic to have as many students participate as possible by taking advantage of a great fundraiser called Snap! Raise. Many school groups have had great success using this company and it has the potential of funding your child’s entire trip. Here is how it works:

Snap! Raise will raise funds by asking for trip sponsorships through email addresses you provided of family members, business owners, family doctors, orthodontist/dentist or any other individuals. At least 20 people of your student’s biggest fans should be included in the list of emails. Here is a link to set up an account if your child has not done so already

In the past, band students ask for trip sponsorships through the regular mail. Some students were able to finance their entire trip through sponsorships. Snap! Raise should be just as successful if not even more now that we are in the digital age. It is recommended to provide a picture of the your student and provide at least 20 emails by January 23. The fundraiser campaign will start January 24 – February 21st. All funds raised by the student will go towards the individual’s trip account. If you have any questions email me back.

Here are our trip details:

Class Act Band Trip to Atlanta, Georgia
May 5th – May 7th

Friday, May 5, 2023
Early Morning- Depart from Hudson High School
Lunch- Meals en route at your own expense
Afternoon- Arrive downtown Atlanta for exploratory time at Centennial Olympic Park
Dinner- Meal included at Hard Rock Café
Evening- Admission included for your ride on SkyView Atlanta
Evening- Hotel check in

Saturday, May 6, 2023
Breakfast- Breakfast at hotel
Morning- Participate in Music in the Parks Festival
Morning/Afternoon- Six Flags Over Georgia
Lunch- Lunch included with festival package
Afternoon- Awards ceremony
Dinner- Group dinner included
Evening- Ticket included for a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Mahler Symphony No. 5
Evening- Return to hotel

Sunday, May 7, 2023
Breakfast- Breakfast at hotel
Morning- Admission included for your self-guided visit to Georgia Aquarium
Lunch- Meal included at the Georgia Aquarium
Afternoon- Depart for home
Dinner- Meals en route at your own expense
Late Evening- Arrive at Hudson High School

Total Cost:
Student: $752
Chaperone: $600 (we will need 12 chaperones)

Payment schedule (Any amount of money collected in Snap! Raise will be applied to the payment)
February 3: $250 per person deposit due
March 3: $250 per person payment due
March 20: $252 final payment due

Payments may be made by check, cash and possibly credit card (working on this next). More info will follow as we get closer to the due date.

It would be great to have as many students as possible to be part of this exciting and memorable trip. If you have any questions please email me at

Have a great day!!

Happy 2023!!

Happy New Year!

It’s the beginning of the 2nd semester with new band adventures! For the next two months we will be getting ready for our Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Music Performance Assessments (MPA). After receiving a Superior at the Marching Performance Assessment in November we are aiming for a Grand Slam by earning Superiors at all these events! To help you with your planning please include these dates to your calendar:

Mondays & Thursdays – Solo/Ensemble Practice and Color Guard practice
Our color guard will resume practice from 1:45 – 3:45. Music students performing a solo or an ensemble may practice and receive help from 1:30pm – 2:30pm

January 20th – All-County Band Concert @ River Ridge HS
Come support Drew and Lilli as they perform with the All County Band Concert at River Ridge High School. Concert start time is 2pm.

January 26th – Symphonic Band rehearsals resume
Monday and Thursday from 1:45pm – 3:45pm.

February 8th – Jazz MPA @ River Ridge High School
We are already on a fantastic and exciting start! You will need to find your own transportation to River Ridge HS. Times will be announced at a later date. We will be wearing our red jazz shirt and black pants.

February 10th and 11th – Solo/Ensemble/Percussion MPA @ J.W. Mitchel HS
Students wishing to perform a solo and/or ensemble will need to pay $5 dollars per entry fee with a maximum of 4 entries, due January 13th. All soloists will need a piano accompanist. Luckily we have Mrs. Deighton who will teach and provide the piano accompaniment. Her fee is $40 dollars which incudes, 2-3 lessons and the performance. Please pay her at the very latest at the performance. You will need to find your own transportation to J.W. Mitchel. Times will be announced at a later date.

February 10th and 11th – Indoor Guard and Guard Solo MPA @ J.W. Mitchel HS
Students wishing to perform a solo will need to pay $5 dollars, due January 13th. Performance will take place in the gym and everyone is invited to cheer our Class Act Guard! More info will be shared as we get closer to the date.

March 2nd- 3rd – Concert MPA River Ridge HS (chaperones needed)
This will be a concert you won’t want to miss We will take a bus there and students will need to wear their black concert attire. More info will be shared as we get closer to the date.

All the MPA events are open to the public and you will definitely want to come watch and support these fine performers! It’s only been 3 days since we are back and I’m very excited by what I’m hearing and seeing! Keep an eye out in your inbox for info on our OUT OF STATE BAND TRIP!!

Take care!

Band Pictures

Hello Everyone,

Thank you everyone who chaperoned at last week’s parade!! Here is the link for the band photos. The online code for each student will be their student ID number.

Hudson HS – Band 22-23 (

Happy Holidays!

Band Pictures & NPR Holiday Parade

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for coming out to the concert. It was an outstanding night, and I can’t be prouder.

Upcoming events:

December 8th – Band Pictures
During school we will be taking individual band pictures. Students will be dress in their band uniform and which will be for sale. (We changed our photo company from last year)

December 10th – NPR Main Street Parade
We will wear Santa hats instead of our band hats and decorate our instruments with lights. We will meet at 4:30pm in the HHS band room and we should be back around 8:30pm. If you plan on watching the entire parade please coordinate finding a ride home from school. Usually traffic after the parade is really bad. We will need 10 chaperones. Use this link to sign up:

Here are some highlights from our concert:

Jazz Band – – Come out Swingin’ – Sing Sing Sing

Symphonic Band – – Carol of the Bells – March of the Dwarfs – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Class Act Band – Holiday – Still Breathing

Winter Concert, November 29th

Hello Everyone,

Very much looking forward to tomorrow’s concert at The Center for the Arts at River Ridge. The band room will be open all day for students to get all their instruments for the show. Students will need to be at the Center for the Arts at 5:30pm, already dress for the event. Doors will open at 6:30pm and showtime is 7:00pm. Be sure to wear your ugly sweater for your chance to win a gift card.

See you there!

Winter Concert Season

Thank you for a fantastic marching season! We really appreciate all your time you volunteered in the concession stand, chaperoning and especially all the third quarter snacks! To top things off the band received a Superior at MPA!!!

Now that marching season has ended the band will be transitioning to the concert season. Here are some details:

Rehearsals – will be Mondays and Thursdays from 1:45pm – 3:45pm

November 15th – All County Band Auditions @ Cypress Creek High School
Students auditioning for the All County Band should arrive at Cypress Creek at least 1 hour before their audition time. Warm-up area and maps will be in the cafeteria. (Just follow the crowd with instrument cases to the cafeteria)

November 29th – Winter Concert @ River Ridge Center for the Arts (River Ridge High School Auditorium)
Hope you can make it to this FANTASTIC CONCERT!! We are playing some fun seasonal music including “A Nightmare Before Christmas” We will also have our Second Annual UGLY SWEATER CONTEST. Come in your ugliest sweater!! Students will need to arrive by 5:30pm wearing their black concert attire which is black dress pants, button up shirt, and black shoes. Jazz students will need to wear their red jazz shirt and switch into the black shirt for the symphonic band. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert will start at 7pm.

December 8th – Band Pictures
During school we will be taking individual band pictures. Students will be dress in their band uniform and which will be for sale. (We changed our photo company from last year)

December 10th – NPR Main Street Parade
This is a fun parade where students decorate their instruments and themselves in Christmas lights. We also wear Santa hats instead of our band hats. We will meet at 4:30pm in the band room and we should be back around 8:30pm. If you plan on watching the entire parade please coordinate finding a ride home for your band student. Usually traffic after the parade is really bad.

Have a great day!

Football Game 11/4 & MPA 11/5

Hello Everyone,

We are at the end of the marching season and we are going out with a bang! Thank you, to all our volunteers who have helped out this year! If you have not yet volunteered this week will be your chance. We have two performances back to back. To be a little bit more organized I would like to try this “SignUp” application to make sure we have enough parent volunteers.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.

Note: SignUp does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

November 4th – Home Football Game – Band Middle School Night (need chaperones!!!)

Hudson Academy Band and Crews Lake Middle School Band will be performing with us in the stands during the football game. THANK YOU sooo much for all the donated water and snacks this season!! This week it’s percussion and guard turn to bring snack for 3rd quarter. We will need lots of snacks for the middle school band students!!!

November 5th – Marching Performance Assessment @ Pasco High School (need chaperones!!)

This is the BIG event we have been working for since July! Tickets are $10 dollars, and $5 parking. If you can chaperone it will be FREE!! Bring your cowbells, rattles and posters to cheer on the band as they take the field! The boosters will be providing lunch for the band. Be sure to bring money for concessions for dinner.

Itinerary for Saturday, November 5th

10:00am – Dress Rehearsal
11:45am – Lunch
12:45pm – Leave Hudson HS
2:45pm – Warm-Up
3:45pm – Performance
4:15pm – Results
5:00pm – Watch other High School bands
7:45pm – Leave Pasco HS
9:00pm – Arrive at Hudson HS

November 9th – Jazz Band Gig @ Starkey Ranch K-8 for a Veterans Day event

Our Jazz Band has been invited by the Pasco County School District to perform for a Veterans Day function. We will meet at Starkey Ranch K-8 at 5pm to set up and will be playing from 6pm – 6:45pm. This year our students selected to wear a button up red shirt with black tie and black dress pants. The red will be the same shade as the Hudson HS red. Here is an example of the shirt: Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt

Have a great day!