News for January 9, 2024

Posted by Jesse Dochnahl on 1/9/2024

Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events - See our Events Page for the Full Calendar

  • Wednesday, January 10, 10AM:  Citrus Delivery and sorting
    • Pick up your fruit orders between 2:00-5:30 PM on Wednesday
  • Thursday, January 11, 6PM:  Pep Band Game
  • Friday, January 12, 1:30 PM:  All-State Jazz bus departs for Helena
  • January 12-14:  All-State Jazz rehearsals and concerts in Helena.
    • Final concert 2pm at Capital High School. Good luck to our Hellgate students!
  • Thursday, January 18, 4:05 PM:  Pep Band practice
  • Thursday, January 25, 4:05 PM:  Pep Band practice
  • Wednesday, January 31, all day:  MCPS Pep Band Outreach Tour
    • 15 select HHS students
  • February 1-3:  Jazz Band Trip to MSU Billings Jazz Festival
    • (see letter for details)
  • Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 PM:  Jazz Collaboration Concert at Sentinel (both Hellgate jazz bands)

Individual practice:   Each student has the All-State études to begin working on.  We will test these études in March.  Students are expected to begin working on them as well as their classroom music at home.  AND students should be practicing an average of one hour per week either at school in a practice or at home--but you already knew that :)

Finals next week:  Attendance is required at your band classes (as always!).  We will rehearse and check up on our festival music, and our All State études.  Each class will be worth 25 points.  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday: no school
  • Tuesday: Normal Day
  • Wednesday: Normal Block Day with Jazz Bands, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ens
  • Thursday: Normal Block Day with Jazz Bands, Symphonic Band, Concert Band
  • Friday: No Jazz bands before school (canceled)

Office Hours for weekly sectionals and practice! We have a tradition of getting together every week or so with your section buddies to practice and improve. But it's on you and your classmates to make it happen. It's the Hellgate way to be accountable and put in our best efforts -- we're in this together!

Band Photo Album:  Please view and add as our events get going. These pictures and videos are awesome! Thank you.

Pep Band Is Rocking for Winter Season

All for now,
Mr. Dochnahl