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  • Band News for Summer, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 6/7/2024

    Hey Band, wishing you an excellent summer!

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    Upcoming Events

    THE NEWS!

    Hellgate Bands Fair Booth 
    Thank you in advance for helping with our concession booth at the Western Montana Fair in August!  This is our primary fundraiser for the year, and our main opportunity to raise money for the Hellgate Bands travel opportunities. Please read this Volunteer Information Sheet for details. Sign up for cotton candy shifts here. See you at the fair!

    Band Uniform Returns Complete - thank you! 
    Thanks for taking great care of our new uniforms this year, thanks to our parent volunteers for spending hours with uniform inventory. The dry cleaners will pick them up next week for a good summer cleaning.

    All-Northwest and WIBC Honors Bands next year
    Get a head start on audition music for the prestigious honor bands taking place next fall.

    School Instrument Return or Rental

    • Summer Rental:  If you plan to keep your school instrument for the summer (DUH! That would be awesome), the rental cost for the summer is $30. You can also add $75 to cover the next school year (2024-2025) for $105 total.  Please make checks payable to “Hellgate Bands,” with this rental form. AND please make arrangements with Music Medics for a tuneup+cleaning before we return in August.
    • Instrument Return:  Please make sure your case and mouthpiece are cleaned.  If you caused any damage to your instrument due to neglect (dropping, adding dents, bent rods, etc), you must have it repaired prior to turning it in with your own funds (schedule an appointment with Music Medics or Morgenroth).  If an instrument has very minor wear and tear, the school will pay to get the instrument repaired/cleaned over the summer.

    Hellgate Bands Slideshow for 2023-2024 featured at our Banquet

    Thank you again for a memorable, upbeat, and rewarding school year. You are my favorite people. Keep playing and making the world better through music. Keep in touch.

    Mr. Dochnahl

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  • News for June 3, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 5/28/2024

    Happy last week of classes! And congratulations to all our new graduates, Class of 2024!

    Upcoming Events - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    • Return band uniform and garment bag immediately
    • Tuesday, May 28:  Jazz Band Transcription project due (present your project in class throughout the week)
    • Concert Self-Evaluation (Google Classroom) due Wednesday, May 29
    • Final Project (see Google Classroom for details)
      • Seniors - Due before May 29
      • Grades 9-11 - Due before June 3
    • Tuesday, June 4, instrument rental and returns due (details and rental form below)
    • By Friday, June 7:  All-State Audition audio recordings are due. Signup for your recording session immediately or make a plan with your private teacher. Let's do this Hellgate!
    • Summer Camps
    • August 6-11, 2024: Make money with the Hellgate Bands slinging cotton candy at the Western MT Fair. Online Signup for shifts will be available later this week. Don't miss it!
    • Hellgate Band Leader Summit
      • August 12 & 13, 6:30-7:30 PM
      • All seniors and sectional leaders
    • Hellgate Band End-of-Summer Camp
      • August 19, 20, 21, at 6:30-8:00 PM
      • Everyone!
    • Preview next year's band events calendar

    MORE DETAILS

    Read the inspiring Senior Stories written by most of our Class of 2024 band members.

    Final Project and assignments in Google Classroom:  Final Projects due June 3 (grades 9-11) except for All-State Auditions (option 1). Please continue checking Classroom to make up Self-Evaluations, Play Tests/Auditions, Practice Journals, reference recordings, and more. Thank you for your exceptional responsibility in helping us finish the year at our best.

    All-State Audition audio recordings are due by Friday, June 7. Signup for your recording session with Mr. D immediately or make a plan with your private teacher. Let's all do this!

    Band Uniform Returns OVERDUE - TURN IN NOW 
    Please bring all uniform parts and garment bag to school with you for official check-in and cleaning. Remember, everything must be turned in or you will be charged fees for missing items. Thank you for taking great care of our brand new uniforms.

    School Instrument Return or Rental Due Tuesday, June 4

    • Summer Rental:  If you plan to keep your school instrument for the summer (DUH! That would be awesome), the rental cost for the summer is $30. You can also add $75 to cover the next school year (2024-2025) for $105 total.  Please make checks payable to “Hellgate Bands,” with this rental form. AND please make arrangements with Music Medics for a tuneup+cleaning before we return in August.
    • Instrument Return:  Please make sure your case and mouthpiece are cleaned.  If you caused any damage to your instrument due to neglect (dropping, adding dents, bent rods, etc), you must have it repaired prior to turning it in with your own funds (schedule an appointment with Music Medics or Morgenroth).  If an instrument has very minor wear and tear, the school will pay to get the instrument repaired/cleaned over the summer.

    Hellgate Bands Slideshow for 2023-2024 featured at our Banquet

    Thank you for a memorable, upbeat, and rewarding school year. You are my favorite people! Keep playing and making the world better through music. See you soon!

    Mr. Dochnahl 

    --

    Jesse Dochnahl

    Teacher-Conductor

    Hellgate High School Bands

    jedochnahl@mcpsmt.org

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  • News for May 15

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 5/13/2024

    To our Hellgate Band families,

    We have just a few weeks of music making ahead of us. Please get acquainted with our upcoming events and details. Thank you for extending so much effort, excellence, and kindness every day.

    -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    • May 15, 7:00 PM, Hellgate Pops Concert at the main gym (featuring Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1)
      • NEW:  Students arrive 5:45 PM, sound check and dress rehearsal at 6:00 PM
      • More details below
    • May 17, Noami Siegel's touring band workshops at Hellgate during class (zero and/or 1st periods TBD)
    • Friday, May 17, 5:30 PM:  Outdoor Jazz Band 1 show at the Big Dipper Ice Cream on Higgins
      • Setup after school, 4PM, Friday. Weather permitting.
    • May 23, Band Awards Banquet and Potluck Dinner
      • Potluck Signup - Please sign up to help make this a delicious success for all
      • Arrive 5:30 PM, lower gym, for ALL band families
    • May 23, Final Band Concert! Concert starts 7:00 PM, for all band students, auditorium
      • Concert Attire: Red band shirt, nice dress pants/khakis
    • May 24 - Deadline to return your entire band uniform with garment bag (start now)
    • May 26-27, 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Earn money working Rockin' Rudy's. Sign up for shifts on band room white board.

    Hellgatebands.org: Please view and add photos, learn more about fundraising, check your account balance, and so much more at the refurbished Band Parent website. Thank you!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance:  Thank you all for the immensely successful return of a memorable and fun Hellgate tradition. The time, efforts, and creativity from our band parent leaders were exceptional and inspiring. Please help me thank each parent and student for their generous efforts that benefited everyone in our program, present and future.  I hope everyone could attend, dance a bit with family and friends, jump at a few silent auction items, and enjoy the students' musical performances. Let's do it again someday soon!

    Pops Concert - Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:00 PM, upper gym
    The 41st Annual Pops Concert is definitely one of the best collaboration concerts of the year, featuring the Advanced Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Jazz 1, Chevaliers and the Wind Ensemble.  Admission is a suggested donation of $5/person. Donate what you can and join us! 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, friends, and families are encouraged to attend - we hope to see you there. 

    • All Band Students:  8:00 AM, Wed, May 15 - be here to HELP move and set up gear in the main gym.
    • Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band 1 call time is 5:45 PM, warm-up in the band room and then move to the upper gym together for dress rehearsal at 6PM with choir+orchestra.
      • Concert attire:  Red band shirt and blue/black jeans. THANK YOU!

    Band Awards Banquet and Potluck Dinner - May 23, 5:30 PM, lower gym: The entire Hellgate Band Family will gather to eat, visit, and celebrate this incredible year and senior class. ALL Hellgate Band/Percussion/Jazz members and family members should be in attendance! 

    • We would love to continue our tradition of having everyone bring a dish and share dinner together!  Sign-up to help to let everyone know what you are bringing with this link: Potluck Signup. Thank you for making this a memorable banquet for every band student and family member.

    Final Band Concert - May 23, @HHS Auditorium, 7:00 PM
    All members of the Hellgate band program will perform.
    Students arrive at 6:30 PM, Concert starts at 7PM. Concert uniform: red band shirt, nice dress pants/khakis.

    Senior Story for the banquet/concert slide-show need to be turned in via Google Classroom or email. Parents, please help with follow-thru on this assignment for our senior class. It's overdue and I'm missing several. Check with your senior, please.

    Band Uniform Return Deadline May 24
    Please begin to bring all uniform parts and garment bag to school with you for official inventory and cleaning. Remember, everything must be turned in or you will be charged replacement fees. Thank you for taking great care of our brand new uniforms this year.

    All-State Honors Band Auditions Due June 7 - Let's ALL Do This Together
    Prepare and record your audition to be a member of the most prestigious group in the state. It’s a 2-day event in October, taking place in Billings. Earn the chance to declare that you “submitted an All-State audition in 2024” on your college and job applications. That's almost as awesome as being able to say “I was selected for All-State Band”! Do this rewarding, challenging thing to set yourself apart from the crowd. Let me know how I can help! We will audio record All-State auditions together during the last two weeks of school.

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  • News for April 29, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 4/29/2024

    Can you believe it's May already!?

    Congratulations on an immensely successful District Music Festival and concert last week!  Congrats to every large ensemble for earning Division 1 Superior ratings from our judges and upholding a longstanding Hellgate tradition. And a big round of applause to each and every soloist and small ensemble for dedicating the effort and artistry to successfully perform at District Festival. We had 62 events participate in the festival, with over half earning superior ratings. That's something the Hellgate community can be very proud of, and a very high bar for us to surpass each year going forward.

    Let's look ahead at the exciting final events for the spring season. Thank you for continuing your enthusiasm, curiosity, and high standards.  -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    • May 1, 7:00 PM at SHS:   Airmen of Note Air Force Jazz Band, REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW and don't you dare miss it!
    • May 3 or 4, State Music Festival at Helena High School (good luck to our 23 participants)
    • May 8, 6:00 PM, Swing for a Knight Fundraiser Dance Concert at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building
    • May 15, 7:00 PM, Hellgate Pops Concert at the main gym (featuring Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1)
    • May 17, Noami Siegel's touring band workshops at Hellgate during class
    • May 23, Band Awards Banquet and Potluck Dinner
      • Potluck Signup - Please sign up to help
      • Arrive 5:30 PM, lower gym, for ALL band families
    • May 23, Final Band Concert! Students arrive 6:30 PM, concert starts 7:00 PM, for all band students, auditorium
      • Concert Attire: Red band shirt, nice dress pants/khakis
    • May 24 - Deadline to return your entire band uniform with garment bag
    • Jazz Band show at The Big Dipper - TBA

    Band Photo Album: Please view and add photos here. Thank you!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance - Save the Date:  May 8, 6:30-9:00 PM, Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Please visit our Swing for a Knight website for info and donations. We need everyone's help and presence for the event--it's more rewarding and fun with everyone! Thank you for stepping up to get the whole Missoula community involved.

    Pops Concert - Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:00 PM, upper gym
    The 41st Annual Pops Concert is definitely one of the best collaboration concerts of the year, featuring the Advanced Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Jazz 1, Chevaliers and the Wind Ensemble.  Admission is a suggested donation of $5/person. Donate what you can and join us! 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, friends, and families are encouraged to attend - we hope to see you there. 

    • All Band Students:  8:00 AM, Wed, May 15 - be here to HELP move and set up gear in the main gym.
    • Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band 1 call time is 6:30 PM, warm-up in the band room and then move to the upper gym together.
      • Concert attire:  Red band shirt and blue/black jeans. THANK YOU!

    Band Awards Banquet and Potluck Dinner - May 23, 5:30 PM, lower gym: The entire Hellgate Band Family will gather to eat, visit, and celebrate this incredible year and senior class. ALL Hellgate Band/Percussion/Jazz members and family members should be in attendance! 

    • We would love to continue our tradition of having everyone bring a dish and share dinner together!  Sign-up to help to let everyone know what you are bringing with this link: Potluck Signup. Thank you for making this a memorable banquet for every band student and family member.

    Final Band Concert - May 23, @HHS Auditorium, 7:00 PM
    All members of the Hellgate band program will perform.
    Concert starts at 7PM. Concert uniform: red band shirt, nice dress pants/khakis.

    Senior photo, baby picture, and Senior Story for the banquet/concert slideshow need to be turned in via Google Classroom or email. Parents, please help with follow-thru on this assignment for our senior class.

    Band Uniform Return Deadline May 24
    Please begin to bring all uniform parts and garment bag to school with you for official inventory and cleaning. Remember, everything must be turned in or you will be charged replacement fees. Thank you for taking great care of our brand new uniforms this year.

    All-State Honors Band Auditions Due June 7 - Let's ALL Do This Together
    Prepare and record your audition to be a member of the most prestigious group in the state. It’s a 2-day event in October, taking place in Billings. Earn the chance to declare that you “submitted an All-State audition in 2024” on your college and job applications. That's almost as awesome as being able to say “I was selected for All-State Band”! Do this rewarding, challenging thing to set yourself apart from the crowd. Let me know how I can help! We will audio record All-State auditions together during the last two weeks of school.

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  • News for April 16, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 4/16/2024

    Welcome to District Festival week!

    Here's what's coming our way: MHSA District Music Festival events, the return of Hellgate's Swing for a Knight, and the first deadline for the New Orleans band trip. Check our events page and the breakdown below. Thank you for your commitment to excellence at Hellgate! -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    District Music Festival this week!  Reminders for our success as a whole:

    1. Wednesday, April 17, Spring Festival Concert:  students arrive at 6:30 PM, music starts at 7:00 PM at Hellgate, featuring all our large concert groups and select small ensembles. I'll have a digital program ready to preview ASAP. I can't wait for family/friends to hear another snapshot of what the students are accomplishing together.
    2. Thursday:  Be ready in FULL UNIFORM to play for our judges in the auditorium!  Wind Ensemble 8:00 AM, Symphonic Band 8:55, Concert Band 9:30
    3. NEW!  Wind Ensemble percussion ensemble, you're scheduled to play your 2 ensembles for judging at 2:30 pm, Thursday, in the band room. 
    4. Thursday before 4:00 PM:  Student help needed to load percussion equipment on a truck headed to Sentinel for their festival hosting duties. Thanks for your service and leadership! There's no way I could do all this without you.
    5. Saturday solo/ensemble performance schedule. Thank you for being dependable, self-sufficient, and rad! (Hellgate has the most solo/ensemble events signed up so far out of all western MT schools -- Congratulations!)
    6. Plan ahead:  take your instrument and music home on Thursday, April 18 because the school and band room will be closed Saturday.
    7. Friday afternoon band room for practice:  Practice with your group or accompanist in the Hellgate band room Friday afternoon, April 19. I'd LOVE to help your ensemble/accompanist prepare before Saturday's big day however I can. Email, reach out and I'll be there to help or simply open up the band room for you.
    8. Please read the attached Festival Info letter
    9. The more you give, the more you get in return. Your service is immensely appreciated to help make this festival a success for all of Hellgate and the region.
    10. Remember that YOU can serve as a source of positive encouragement that unleashes the potential all around you, especially during big months like this one.
    11. And please help me congratulate our Mean Girls cast, crew, and pit band. Weren't they crazy exceptional in the shows two weeks ago?! Wow!
    12. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep being awesome.

    Band Photo Album: Please view and add photos here. Thank you!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance - Save the Date:  May 8, 6:30-9:00 PM, Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Please visit our Swing for a Knight website for info and donations. We need everyone's help in soliciting donations for the event. Thank you for stepping up to get the whole Missoula community involved.

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  • News for March 25, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 3/25/2024

    Welcome back from Spring Break,

    Congratulations to all our students for their exceptional preparations, progress, and excellence during the busy winter Festival season. From the UM Band Festival, the AA Band Festival, the Billings Jazz Fest, and the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Fest, all our students had numerous moments to shine through regular personal practice, group sectionals, awesome student-leadership, and inspiring performances.

    Congratulations to the Jazz Bands for their awards at the UM Jazz Fest on March 14:  Best Saxophone Section, Best Rhythm Section, and THREE Best Soloists (Gus Hickey, Noah Morss, Noah Rosulek), plus many more rewarding lessons, clinics, performances, and experiences.

    Spring is going to be immensely rewarding for every band student that gives their best: the MHSA District Music Festival events and the return of Hellgate's Swing for a Knight are right around the corner, plus the first deadlines for the New Orleans band trip. Check our events page and the breakdown below. Thank you for your commitment to excellence at Hellgate! -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    • April 5 - Play test due on Classroom (1st All-State etude and chromatic scale)
    • Monday, April 8, 7:00 PM - New Orleans Trip Kick-Off meeting (band room or Zoom)
    • April 10, 7:30 PM at UM Recital Hall - world famous tuba player Oystein Baadsvik performance
    • April 17, 7:00 PM, Spring Festival Band Concert at Hellgate featuring all ensembles
    • April 18, 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM, all bands perform for MHSA judges at HHS
    • April 18 - New Orleans Commitment Contract Due
    • April 19 - New Orleans Online Registration Deadline
    • April 20, 8:00 AM - 3:30PM, District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Big Sky High School
      • For Jazz Groups, Percussion, Solos, and all Small Ensembles
      • Piano solos will be Friday, April 19 - be sure to register with Dochnahl
    • April 26 - New Orleans 1st payment due
    • May 1, 7:00 PM at SHS:   Airmen of Note Air Force Jazz Band, REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW
    • May 3 or 4, State Music Festival
    • May 8, 6:00 PM, Swing for a Knight Fundraiser Dance Concert at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building
    • May 15, 7:00 PM, Hellgate Pops Concert
    • May 17, Noami Siegel's touring band workshops at Hellgate during class

    Band Photo Album: Please view and add photos here. Thank you!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance - Save the Date:  May 8, 6:30-9:00 PM, Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Please visit our Swing for a Knight website for info and donations. We need everyone's help in soliciting donations for the event. Thank you for stepping up to get the whole Missoula community involved.

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  • News for March 13, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 3/13/2024

    Dear Hellgate Band students and families,

    With spring break just around the corner (yahoo), I want to make sure we set our sights on all the amazing opportunities for excellence ahead of us in the final months of school. And thank you for you constant commitment to excellence! I wish you all a restful, adventurous, and rewarding break.  -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

    • March 14, All day and night, UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival for all jazz bands
    • April 5 - Play test due on Classroom (1st All-State etude and chromatic scale)
    • Monday, April 8, 7:00 PM - New Orleans Trip Kick-Off meeting (band room or Zoom)
    • April 10, 7:30 PM at UM Recital Hall - world famous tuba player Oystein Baadsvik performance
    • April 17, 7:00 PM, Spring Festival Band Concert at Hellgate featuring all ensembles
    • April 18, 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM, all bands perform for MHSA judges at HHS
    • April 18 - New Orleans Commitment Contract Due
    • April 19 - New Orleans Online Registration Deadline
    • April 20, 8:00 AM - 3:30PM, District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Big Sky High School
      • For Jazz Groups, Percussion, Solos, and all Small Ensembles
      • Piano solos will be Friday, April 19 - be sure to register with Dochnahl
    • April 26 - New Orleans 1st payment due
    • May 1, 7:00 PM at SHS:   Airmen of Note Air Force Jazz Band, REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW
    • May 3 or 4, State Music Festival
    • May 8, 6:00 PM, Swing for a Knight Fundraiser Dance Concert at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building
    • May 15, 7:00 PM, Hellgate Pops Concert
    • May 17, Noami Siegel's touring band workshops at Hellgate during class

    Band Photo Album:  Please view and add as our memories fly by. Thank you!

    New Orleans 2025 Band Trip Kick-Off Letter! Check your email for the Kick-Off Invitation Letter that was sent to your inbox. Hard copies were handed out to students on Feb 27. You won't want to miss this tour in 2025!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance - Save the Date:  May 8, 6:30-9:00 PM, Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Swing for a Knight Save the Date flyer

    • It’s official - Swing for a Knight is back and will be our first big fundraiser for New Orleans!  The evening will begin with swing dance lessons provided by members of UM’s Foresters’ Ball Can-Can and Grizzly Stomp from 6:30-7:00 pm.  From 7-9 pm the evening really gets to swinging with dancing to live music provided by your Hellgate musicians.
    • Students will be selling tickets to the event during the month of April. 100% of the proceeds of each pre-sold ticket will go to student band accounts.
    • Donation of auction and raffle items - large items (such as a cabin for a weekend or a guided fishing trip, etc) will be available for bidding online ahead of the event; smaller items will be included in a silent auction or raffles during the event on May 8. 
    • We need your help in soliciting donations!
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  • National Achievement for Hellgate guitarist!

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 3/12/2024
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    Dear Hellgate band families,
     
    I wanted to share the exciting national recognition received by our very own Noah Rosulek, a Hellgate senior in the band program. He was recently selected for the Jazz Band of America, a national honor ensemble scheduled to perform March 23 in Indianapolis. I'm hoping we can spread the word about Noah's exceptional and national achievement!
     
    Noah Rosulek (pictured below) is a senior percussionist and guitarist in the Hellgate Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He auditioned for the Music for All's selection committee in December, 2023, via prepared video performances. Noah's past accolades on jazz guitar include MT All-State Jazz Band, All-Northwest Jazz Band 2023, Billings Jazz Festival Best Soloist Award, and the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival Best Soloist Award.
     
    Music for All’s tradition of outstanding national honor ensembles showcasing the finest high school musicians includes the Jazz Band of America. The Jazz Band of America is comprised of high school musicians, selected by recorded audition. The Jazz Band of America is recognized as one of the top honor ensembles for young musicians in the nation, with a prestigious legacy and reputation for the highest level of excellence. Many members of the Jazz Band of America are also selected for the GRAMMY® jazz bands. Past conductors and guest artists include Patti Austin, Shelly Berg, Wayne Bergeron, Ndugu Chancler, John Clayton, Lou Fischer, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Ron McCurdy, Allen Vizzutti (a Hellgate graduate!) and Phil Woods.
     
    Congratulations to Noah on this immense honor and opportunity!
     
    The concerts of the 2024 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, will be livestreamed at no cost to viewers by BOX5 Media on box5tv.com, Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23, from Indianapolis. Enjoy some of the nation’s finest high school concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles, INCLUDING the Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America concerts on Saturday, March 23.
     
    The Jazz Band of America Concert starts at 7pm (Mountain Time), Saturday, March 23
     
    Here is the link to watch the stream:

     

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  • District Music Festival Information

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 3/6/2024

    Hello Hellgate Band Family!

    Please read the attached letter to help prepare for the awesome, exciting, rewarding annual District Music Festival week coming up after spring break. We've already begun the exciting search for small ensembles during class. Now it's everyone's responsibility and privilege to prepare to play for the community and at the District Festival in mid-April. The sooner we get started, the better and more confident we will be.

    Thank you to every band student for stepping up to be a positive leader in the band program and school this year. Leaders aren't great because they have power. Leaders are great because they can empower others.

    Reach out with any questions! I appreciate you! -Mr. Dochnahl

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  • News for March 1, 2024

    Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 3/1/2024

    Hey Hellgate Band Families,

    Good afternoon and happy March to everyone. We're just getting into the exciting and rewarding performance season, so here are a handful of reminders and updates to keep us unified and strong -- at our very best. -Mr. Dochnahl

    Upcoming Events - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar (updated)

    • March 1, Jazz Bands plays at First Friday for Hellgate art club, at the Missoula Public Library
      • Students arrive at 4:30 PM (top floor), perform at 5:00-7:00 PM ish
      • Attire - Red Hellgate band shirt and jeans
    • March 4-5, AA Band Festival in Missoula (Wind Ensemble members)
      • Info and schedule (please note changes)
      • All other bands MUST watch these excellent concerts at 7pm on March 4 and 5. Don't miss the free live music, AND a chance to support your peers from across the state. You won't regret attending!
    • March 8-9, Pep Band at the State Basketball Tournament in Missoula
      • It's our favorite time of year with the pep band - STATE!
      • Game schedule TBD (I'll contact you early next week with times)
      • You must keep these dates open and flexible so that we can play at anytime. Pep band game times depend on our teams' win or loss during the tournament. 
    • March 14, All day and night, UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival for all jazz bands
    • April 17, 7:00 PM, Spring Festival Band Concert at Hellgate
    • April 18, 8:15 - 11:00 AM, all bands perform for MHSA judges at HHS
    • April 20, 8:00 AM -3:30PM, District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Big Sky
      • For Jazz Groups, Percussion, Solos, and all Small Ensembles

    New Orleans 2025 Band Trip Kick-Off Letter! Check your email for the Kick-Off Invitation Letter that was sent to your inbox. Hard copies were handed out to students on Feb 27. You won't want to miss this tour for 2025!

    "Swing for a Knight" Fundraiser Dance - Save the Date:  May 8, 6:30-9:00 PM, Home Arts Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

    • It’s official - Swing for a Knight is back and will be our first big fundraiser for New Orleans!  The evening will begin with swing dance lessons provided by members of UM’s Foresters’ Ball Can-Can and Grizzly Stomp from 6:30-7:00 pm.  From 7-9 pm the evening really gets to swinging with dancing to live music provided by your Hellgate musicians.
    • Students will be selling tickets to the event during the month of April. 100% of the proceeds of each pre-sold ticket will go to student band accounts.
    • Donation of auction and raffle items - large items (such as a cabin for a weekend or a guided fishing trip, etc) will be available for bidding online ahead of the event; smaller items will be included in a silent auction or raffles during the event on May 8. 
    • We need your help in soliciting donations!
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