Hudson Bend Middle School Orchestra
6th Grade Orchestra
Beginning orchestra offers many skills to students such as learning to read music, learning to be dependable and accountable in a group situation, how to set and work towards a goal, how to be a better listener, and most importantly, the realization that music is meant to be enjoyed. No previous experience is necessary and you do not have to audition to join.
7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
The 7th / 8th grade program is open to students who have one or more years of string experience but are not ready to perform the more difficult music used in high school. Students will study techniques such as performing accurate intonation and rhythm, analyzing and evaluating music, producing a good tone, and exhibiting concert etiquette as informal, actively involved listeners during varied live performances.
Hudson Bend Middle School
Prior to becoming the Orchestra Director at Hudson Bend Middle School Mr. Austin Leach has taught in Austin and Georgetown ISD, as well at the University of Texas Strings Project.
Mr. Leach received his Performance Degree on Double Bass at Oklahoma State University and finished his Music Education Credentials at the University of Nevada. Mr. Leach actively studied bass before and while earning his degrees and spend time studying and performing at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic.
In addition to teaching orchestra in Lake Travis, Mr. Leach is a Suzuki trained bass teacher and keeps an active studio in the area. Students in his studio have successfully auditioned into Region 18, and 26 regional orchestras, including the principal chairs in both Middle and High school, also successfully auditioned into the Texas All-State. Devoted to promoting bass as a solo instrument, his studio has constantly been appraised in the State UIL Solo and Ensembles.
Outside of music, Mr. Leach enjoys traveling with his wife, Sadie, and son, Emmett, as well as their faithful dog Ruby.