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!