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FRIDAY, May 13, 2022

QUICK UPDATE!! - THANKS for an AMAZING POPS Concert this week!!  Dang - these kids know how to make magic happen!!
 
THANKS for supporting your musicians this next week!!
 
FINAL CONCERT - This Wednesday, May 25 - 7:00 PM
Call time for musicians is 6:30 PM!  Uniform for this concert is BLACK Band T-Shirt and khaki slacks.
 
BAND BANQUET!! - ALL BAND FAMILIES PLEASE ATTEND:)!! - This Thursday, May 26 - 6:00 PM
This is our band awards banquet for this year!  WE would love to return to our tradition of having everyone bring a dish and SHARE dinner together!!  To help us plan, we would like everyone to sign-up to help or let everyone know what they are bringing with this link: POTLUCK SIGNUP - WHACHA BRINGIN?!
 
NO GRADUATION BAND this year....but, what do you think about having one last PARKING LOT CONCERT at Big Dipper?
We'll discuss it this week...but I am pretty sure we could set up and blow down some flip charts/brass band charts on Friday, June 3 from say 6 - 7:30 PM?  What do you think?
 
All for now - SLATER
 
 
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A busy couple of weeks for us!  Here we go:
 
Dear Band Families:
 
Our band banquet is nearing (Thursday, May 26) and we're excited to share the evening with you. It will be a potluck honoring our band students, especially senior students and our amazing director who will be retiring this year. We'd love to have you use this link POTLUCK SIGNUP - WHACHA BRINGIN?! to select what you'll be bringing, and for other contribution(s) you might like to make.* (a standard guide for potlucks is for each family to bring enough to feed their family - one entre' and either one side/salad OR one dessert)
 
We have chosen to work harder to reduce waste at this year's banquet, and we ask that families please bring their own reusable plates, cutlery and napkins. Feel free to bring extra for a friend, in case they forget.  Also, please bring whatever serving utensils are needed for the dishes you are bringing to share. Thank you!
 
We are in need of your photos and videos. Due to the pandemic, the past couple of years have been a bit quieter in the band program, and we need your help remembering and celebrating the positive energy that is HHS Band. We ask that you share photos you have of events that your band student has participated in or concerts you've watched. We also want the students to freely upload photos they have to this same space. Please submit your contributions here Hellgate BAND PHOTOS!! no later than 5/23, so we have time to edit. We will create a slideshow to share at the banquet. Thank you!
 
 
And, finally, this is the year Leon Slater, our incredible band director, is retiring. We have set up a virtual space for you to share your memories and thoughts about his tenure and the impact he's had on your kids. It will also be a space where students are able to communicate their memories and appreciation, so please share this link with your kiddo and encourage them to upload messages and photos. KUDOS LINK
 
 
Thank you for your contributions to this band program and year-end event.
 
- Hellgate Band Parents
 
 
Concerts/Events for the Month of May
The MONTH of May(hem)!!  I want  get a reminder of our MAY events on your calendar.  I will send details about some of these at a later date.
1.     Wednesday, May 18 - POPS CONCERT (details below)!
2.     Wednesday, May 25 - Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1  - Final Concert 7:00 PM
3.     Thursday, May 26 - Hellgate Bands Banquet & Awards Ceremony - Lower Gym 5:45 PM (ALL BAND FAMILIES*  info. above)
 
POPS CONCERT - NEXT Wednesday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM
The 39th Annual Pops Concert is next Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM 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 a suggested donation of $5/person (and includes cookies, ice cream and POP:) – but seriously, donate what you can and COME JOIN US!!!
 
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 after school on Tuesday. 
 
Symphonic Band members that would like to be a server for the evening can sign up to volunteer.  You will need to be dressed up and at the school by 6:15, please meet in the upper gym at that time.  
 
Wind Ensemble call time is 6:30 PM.  We will warm-up in the band room and then move to the upper gym together. 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!
 
SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES!!
One of the best ways to keep your musical growth happening AND get inspired for the future is to attend a week or two of summer camp!  EVERY student that has attended one of these has come back invigorated and sharing new ideas!  It is simply AWESOME...please do yourself a favor and GO!!  (If you need help with $$, please zip me an email in the next few weeks and I WILL get you some scholarship $$ to make this happen!!
 
UM Summer Camp LINK!! - TWO camps: Jazz Band and Concert Band!!
FLATHEAD LAKE CAMP - more traditional sleep in cabins and enjoy the lake while doing some music study type camp! 
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CAMP! - this camp comes highly recommended by former students!
 
Senior Uniform Check-in
As of next Wednesday 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 Thursday, May 19 or Friday, May 20 so we can get everything in and ready for your graduation/school check-out!
 
 
THANKS for everything:)  All for now - SLATER