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Friday, May 19, 2017


A special THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered time for our Special Olympics Pep Band this past week!!  It truly helped the energy and celebratory atmosphere - THANK YOU!!

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


Lettering forms will be filled out tomorrow during class!  SENIORS - uniforms in?  baby pics and senior pics to Carolyn?  SENIOR PHOTOS and baby pics should have already been emailed to Carolyn Graham .  Parents, please help with follow-thru on this one! Carolyn's email is


Band Banquet - Senior Concert

The Annual Band Banquet and Senior Concert is this coming Thursday, May 25th 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 24 - CALL TIME 7:00 PM (full uniform) - Concert Band and Symphonic Band (with special guests Innocent Bystanders Brass Band) -   Concert Time 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 25 - Immediately following the banquet -  Jazz Band and 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 Tuesday 5/30!  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
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 $8.80/ hour as a donation to each individual's band account.  Younger band students are strongly encouraged to sign up and get involved (TRIP 2019 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 3
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 3 – Hellgate Graduation
Adams Center – University of Montana
8:20 AM – arrive (parking is always an issue)
8:30 AM – seating and warm-up
9:00 AM – Graduation performance
11:15 AM – performance complete

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

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.
June 18-24, 2017 - For students entering grades 7- 2017 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
Registration for this event can be found here: REGISTRATION
another great FLUTE OPPORTUNITY!
Dear Flutists,
The University of Montana Flute Festival, featuring Gary Schocker is quickly approaching, so we would like to remind everyone to please register for the festival if you haven't already.  The festival will take place on June 10th and 11th, and the cost is $25 for a student and $35 for an adult for the full two days for early registrants.
After May 31st, however, the cost goes up to $35 for a student and $45 for an adult for the full two days. This is still a good deal, but you can't beat the early registration rate!
If you are a Montana Flute Association member ( you will receive $5 off of your registration.  Please make note of this on your registration form and adjust your fee accordingly when you send in your form and check!
We are also looking for a few more masterclass participants.  For an additional $40, you will have a half of an hour session with Gary Schocker!  Please consider this awesome opportunity!
Kirsten McGlynn and Professor Maggie Schuberg
OK!  I think this is all for now - see you soon!!  SLATER