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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A special THANK YOU to everyone that came to the band parent meeting last night!  
And a HUGE THANK YOU to our new board members, Jennie Yonce, Treasurer; Keri Maart, Vice President and Stefanie Marshall, President!! THANK YOU for being willing to serve in these official roles!

For those parents not at our meeting, I have sent home trip info. with students.  PLEASE discuss the trip and return the paperwork as soon as you can (we need all forms in by Monday, May 21, 2018).  On the back of the trip info. are our fund-raising and volunteer committees - please consider getting involved!  Please email:

Our concerts and awards banquet take place next week!!  Details are below.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!!

SENIORS - uniforms in?  Baby pics and senior pics to Gabby Flores?  Parents, please help with follow-thru on this one! Gabby's email is


Band Banquet - Senior Concert

The Annual Band Banquet and Senior Concert is next Thursday, May 24th 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, All-National Wind Ensemble, 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.

We have a SPECIAL DONATION by a Senior's family!!  This year the main dish will be NOTORIOUS P.I.G. Pulled Pork Sandwiches!!

The Band Parents will also provide Costco cake as dessert, so here is how we will do the rest of the banquet:

  • ALL FAMILIES - please bring a side dish to share  (large enough to feed your family), with an emphasis on vegetarian dishes and salads (please provide 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 PM so we can start the service lines promptly at 6:00 PM.

Seniors and their families will start the service lines, with everyone else joining 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 23 - CALL TIME 6:30 PM (full uniform) - Concert Band and Symphonic Band Combined, Jazz 2 and Jazz 1.  Concert Time 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 24 - Immediately following the banquet -  Senior features and Wind Ensemble  - Full Uniform (except seniors).  Concert time - 8:00 PM  Band families - please come join us in our seniors final concert:)!


Uniform check in for ALL Band members

ALL band members will return uniforms in class on Tuesday 5/29!  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 helpers 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' Rudy's Inventory
Sign-ups for this are currently happening in class, but we still need about 15 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 (5/27 and 5/28). 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.  All current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors are strongly encouraged to sign up and make the $$.  Please be sure you can commit to being there for the full shift before signing up.
GRADUATION BAND! - Saturday, June 2
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 2 – Hellgate Graduation
Adams Center – University of Montana
11:20 AM – arrive (parking is always an issue)
11:30 AM – seating and warm-up
12:00 PM – Graduation performance
 1:15 PM – performance complete

UNIFORM – DRESS-UP in your “Sunday Best” (no shorts or jeans).  Please dress in your best/nicest clothing:)


Fair Booth Sign-up! - SUNDAY, August 5, 2018 - Monday, August 13, 2018 

Our MAJOR fund-raiser for the summer!  Everyone can sign up for two shifts initially.  We still need an "opener" to learn the ropes from Fawn Tuhy during the first couple days of the fair. Please contact me if you are interested in generating lots of hours helping every mornng.


Use this link to sign-up for shifts:   FAIR BOOTH SHIFT SIGN-UP


UM SUMMER Music Camps - SERIOUSLY!!  Invest a little time, benefit A LOT!!!

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.
June 24 - 30, 2018 - For students entering grades 7- 2018 High School graduates.  Participants in this summer program will enjoy full concert band, small ensemble, and solo performance opportunities. Students interested in jazz will have the opportunity to participate in jazz combos, theory, listening, big band, and jazz improvisation classes. Optional classes include Conducting, Composing Music online, Jazz Improvisation, Private Lessons, and much more.
Commuter Camper Fee (full week, excluding room & board, T-shirt and group photo): $230
$50 Commuter Deposit due at the time of registration
Info. and Registration for this event can be found here: INFO & REGISTRATION
Fair Band - HIT SQUAD!!
The Western Montana Fair has again asked us to provide a FAIR BAND during fair week.  It was a lot of fun last summer and I think it was a positive:).  Will you please check your calendars and see if you will be available to join us?  I will be asking for volunteers to commit to one day of rehearsal and the performances each day.  The fair dates are August 7 - 12, 2018.  I am working on a sponsor to PAY the members of the fair band (into travel accounts)!!
All for now!!  SLATER