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May 2019!!

NEW INFO> May 20, 2019___________________________________________________________________
Our concerts and awards banquet take place this week!!  Details are below!  Looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Lettering forms were filled out last week during class! 
SENIORS - uniforms in?  baby pics and senior pics to Ally?  SENIOR PHOTOS and baby pics should have already been emailed to Ally Fradkin  Parents, please help with follow-thru on this one! 
Band Banquet - Senior Concert
The Annual Band Banquet and Senior Concert is this coming Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 pm in the Lower Gym. The entire Hellgate Band Family (please help us celebrate our seniors) is invited and encouraged to celebrate this incredible year as we hand out awards for Lettering, All-State Band, District Festival, State Festival, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Most Valuable Performer and SERVICE awards for each group and many others.  PLUS we'll be sure to take time to honor our amazing seniors who will be performing in their final concert as Hellgate High School Band members this week. Here's how the Banquet works:
ALL FAMILIES - please bring a main dish to share  (large enough to feed your family),  and necessary service utensils.
Sophomore and Junior Families - please bring a salad or vegetarian dish to share, with necessary service utensils.
As with all Potlucks - MORE IS BETTA!! ;-)
The band parents will provide the plates, silverware, desserts and drinks.
We need all food to be at the school by 5:50 so we can start the service lines promptly at 6:00 PM.
Seniors and their families will start the service lines, everyone else join in after they are through the line.
We will do our slide show during dinner and the awards during dessert and hope to be done in plenty of time for the concert to start at 8:00 PM.
This will be a wonderful evening of memories and entertainment as we celebrate our year and honor our seniors.  All Hellgate Band members and family members should be in attendance - it is a great night!
Seniors - if you want to "will" something to someone in the band, please plan on getting everything in order and letting me know.  We'll make a plan for the order so it goes smoothly!  Thanks!
Wednesday, May 29 - CALL TIME 6:30 PM (full uniform) - Concert Band and Symphonic Band  with Jazz 1 -   Concert Time 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 30 - Immediately following the banquet -  Wind Ensemble  - Full Uniform (except seniors).  Concert time - 8:00 PM
Uniform check in for ALL Band members
ALL band members will return uniforms in class on Friday 5/31!  PLEASE make sure you have all parts of your uniform, your uniform hanger and your uniform bag with you on this day (parents will be available to check them in)!
Our team of incredible uniform moms will then carefully check each number to make sure that our inventory is correct and you are clear to check out of school (Seniors, this should already be done....!!?).
Rockin' Rudys Inventory - still need more help:)!
Sign-ups for this have already happened - but we still need about 10 folks for each day.  If you are around next weekend - it would be great to have the help and keep this tradition alive!!  This will take place during the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.  Shifts normally run from 7:45 AM to 12 noon.  Rockin' Rudy's pays $9.00/ hour as a donation to each individual's band account.  Younger band students are strongly encouraged to sign up and get involved (TRIP 2020 is just around the corner).  Please be sure you can commit to being there for the full shift before signing up.
GRADUATION BAND! - Saturday, June 8
I will have even more details regarding this very important gig out next week, but I wanted to give you a heads up for planning!  We need ALL Hellgate Band members in attendance at this performance.  It is our largest venue (it takes a lot of sound to fill up the Adams Center) and our largest audience of the year.  Percussionists, we will make a plan for 5 of you to cover the gig.
Saturday, June 8 – Hellgate Graduation
Adams Center – University of Montana
2:20 PM – arrive (parking is always an issue)
2:30 PM – seating and warm-up
3:00 PM – Graduation performance
4:30 PM – performance complete
UNIFORM – DRESS-UP in your “Sunday Best” (no shorts or jeans).  Please dress in your best/nicest clothing:)
More details involving our FINAL concerts of the year will be sent out SOON:).  Dates on the EVENTS page are accurate - Symphonic, Concert Band and Jazz Band final concert is Wednesday, May 29 and our Band Banquet/Senior Concert is Wednesday, May 30!  ALL Band members and family members are encouraged to be in attendance ESPECIALLY at the Band Banquet!  Awards for all bands and Senior recognition is done during our Banquet:)!
PARENTS!!  - THANK YOU to everyone that has been involved in our parent organization this year.  Honestly, we need ALL of you to be involved in the band parent organization.  Our President, Stefanie Marshall, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 PM.  Please come get involved with our Band Banquet prep and Fair Booth opportunities:)!
POPS CONCERT - THIS coming Tuesday night, May 14!!
The 37th Annual Pops Concert is next Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 in the upper gym. This is definitely the best collaboration concert of the year!  Featured groups include Advanced Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Chevaliers and the Wind Ensemble. 
Admission is only $3 (and includes cookies, POP and BIG DIPPER ICE CREAM!!)
If you have a CARD TABLE sitting around at home, we REALLY need to borrow it from you!! If you can swing it by the school on Monday or Tuesday we would truly appreciate it (please mark it with your name on the under-side so we can get it back to you).  We will be setting up the upper gym during class on Tuesday morning.  Our selected servers need to be dressed up and at the school by 6:30, please meet in the upper gym at that time.  There is also an opportunity to help with tear-down, so if you are in attendance at the event, thank you in advance for helping with the "strike" at the end of the night:)!
All Wind Ensemble members need to bring at least 1 dozen cookies to the event (thank you).  Please have cookies here by 6:45 PM.  Wind Ensemble call time is 6:40 PM.  Please warm-up and report to the upper gym at 6:50 PM.  THANK YOU!
I also want to let everyone know that we ask for donations at this concert to benefit music students who plan to attend summer music camps. If you are able, please bring a little extra cash to help out with the cause!  ALL Hellgate Band members and families are encouraged to attend - I hope to SEE YOU THERE!
Senior Uniform Check-in
As of next Tuesday night, our Seniors will have completed their final concert in their band uniforms.  So, it is time to get those beauties checked in for the final time!  We will plan on having parents available next week to do the check-in portion.  SENIORS please bring your uniforms to school with you Wednesday, May 15 or  so we can get everything in and ready for your graduation/school check-out!
SENIOR PHOTOS and baby pics need to be emailed to Ally Fradkin.  Parents, please help with follow-thru on this one! Ally's email is
Rockin Rudy's Inventory
This will take place during the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.  Shifts normally run from 7:45 AM to 12 noon.  Rockin' Rudy's pays a good hourly wage as a donation to each individual's band account.  Younger band students are strongly encouraged to sign up and get involved (TRIP 2020 is just around the corner).  Sign-ups for this opportunity will be available in class this next week.  Please be sure you can commit to being there for the full shift before signing up.
UM SUMMER Music Camps
One of the best ways to grow as a musician is to get involved in summer performance and learning opportunities!  Please take a second to peruse this info. and consider attending the UM Summer Music Camps.
I would like to invite you to register for the 2019 University of Montana Summer Music Camp on June 23-29, 2019 open to students that have finished grades 6-12. The Band Camp portion has chamber music, two concert bands, three jazz bands, and jazz combos. We also offer mini-courses that have included participatory topics like Mariachi music, Arabic music, African drumming, Balinese gamelan, recycled instruments, boom whacker band, computer composition, reed making, jazz improv, chamber music, and more.  We already have students registered from FL, ID, MT, NV, OR, and WA.  The resident registration deadline is Friday, June 7! Only commuter registrations are allowed after that.
  *   Send 5 resident band campers from one school and the sixth get in at the commuter rate (band director’s discretion).
  *   Send 10 commuter band campers from one school and get the 11th free. (commuter rate and at the band director’s discretion)
  *   Other merit-based discounts available too! (ex. All-State, All-NW, All-Star, etc.)
  *   Bassoons (AKA "endangered instruments”) receive discounts!
Students will have the opportunity to work with professionals to learn more about voicings, bass lines, jazz improvisation and a lot more with daily masterclasses and one on one study. Big Band, Small Groups (Combos) will round out a fantastic opportunity to gain more experience and come away from this camp with more knowledge and confidence to bring to your jazz bands!
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2019 Camp Highlights
  *   UM Camp Faculty Concert (Mon)
  *   Missoula Osprey Baseball Pep Band and Choir National Anthem (Tues)
  *   Missoula City Band Concert (Wed)
  *   Student Solo Concert in the Music Recital Hall (Thu)
  *   Student Chamber Concert in the Music Recital Hall (Fri)
  *   End of Week Mixer/Dance (Fri)
  *   Gala Concert in the 1,100-seat Dennison Theater (Sat)
The UM Summer Music Camp includes band, choir, piano and string divisions and is one of the longest running in the Northwest.   The Piano Camp will be held on July 7-13, 2019 and the Band/Choir/String Camp will be held on June 23-29, 2019.  The camp instructors are members of the University of Montana School of Music faculty as well as invited guest professionals.  Counselors are senior music majors from UM, most of whom are seasoned camp counselors.  The tuition is very reasonable compared to similar caliber/duration camps across the country.