Frequently Asked Questions

Founded: 1997 by Dave Bucey and Ralph Meyer
Conductor: Ralph Meyer
Assistant Conductors: Ken Granville (Streetsboro HS Director – retired),
Wendy Mathews (Kent State University),
Beverly O’Connor (Hudson HS Band Director),
John Pasternak (Composer/Arranger)
Rehearse at:    Hudson Middle School Band Room
Rehearse on:   Thursday nights
Rehearse time:  7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
(jazz ensemble or sectionals 8:30 – 9:30)
Rehearse address: 77 N Oviatt Street, Hudson OH 44236
Sponsored by:    Hudson Community Education and Recreation
Cost:    $ 35.00 per year paid in the fall to HCER
Status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Funding:   Individual Donations, Grants, Honorariums, Sponsorships, Gifts
Expenses: Music – new or used.  Music Library materials, equipment
Equipment (music stands, chairs, percussion, stand lights, folders)
Budget: $250.00 music library materials, equipment
$ 2,250.00 purchase music
$ 1,000.00 equipment/expenses (chairs, stands, percussion, signage, printing)
Instrumentation: Flute/Piccolo (8/2)
Oboe (2)
Bassoon (2)
Clarinet (18)    
Alto Clarinet (1)
Bass Clarinet (2)
Alto Sax (6)
Tenor Sax (3)
Baritone Sax (1)
Trumpet/Cornet (12) 
Horn (8)
Trombone (8)
Euphonium/Baritone (4)
Tuba (4)   
Percussion (6)
Vocalist (1)
Photographer (1)
Videographer (1)
Annual Meeting: Last Thursday in September or First Thursday in October
Season:    October through September
Performances: Typical Season includes 7 to 10 performances
Holiday Concert(s)
Spring Concert (March/April)
Hudson Ice Cream Social
Hudson Bandstand Concert
Designated Children’s Concert(s)
Designated Festival Concert(s)
Designated Assisted Living Concert(s) 
Attendance:    There is no specific attendance policy – family and jobs come first
Most members make most rehearsals (7 out of 10
Members are asked to use common courtesy to let conductor know availability
Members are asked to let their section leader know if unavailable
Seating:   Seating is determined by the section needs, not seniority
New member seating is determined by the conductor & section leader
Conductor expects section to work out part rotation & coverage, share solos
If possible & practical players playing the same part should sit adjacent
Members with irregular attendance not eligible for section leader/solo passages
Solo Passages: The conductor will have final say regarding members playing solo passages
Section Leaders recommend/allow members to play solo passages
The music and recordings are available months in advance of performances
Solo passages to be prepared with attention to rhythm, dynamics, tone quality
Concert Dress: Specified concerts: All Black (shoes, socks, pants, slacks, long skirt, blouse, shirt)
Summer informal concerts: sneakers, jeans and white (or band) shirts
Summer formal concerts: Black pants, shoes & socks with white (or band) shirts
Themes:  2022 – Pandemic Make Up Spring Concert – Women Composers Theme
2023 – 23rd Season – Spring Concert: Space and Planets Theme
2024 – 24th Season – Spring Concert: Traditional/Classic Concert Band Music
2025 – 25th Season – Conductors Swan Song A Quarter Century of Music