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This site is operated by the Hellgate Band Parents and is not associated with Missoula County Public Schools.

 

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year

Please follow * this link * for volunteer opportunities and participation in our band programs.

Join us for an All Parent Meeting tonight at 7pm, in the courtyard.

 

 
 
 
  

The 2016 Hellgate Marching Band participated in the official 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremonies - December 3 - 9, 2016.  In addition to marching in the official  parade, they also performed at the USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor.

 

The Hellgate Wind Ensemble performed at the 2015 New York Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY!  We received the Gold Award for our performance of John Mackey's "Night on Fire" and David Maslanka's "Give Us This Day".  Please find more pics on our Facebook Page

The Hellgate Wind Ensemble performed at the 2013 Chicago International Music Festival and were awarded the top "Gold Rating" for  their performance of Percy Grainger's "Children's March" and Frank Ticheli's "Angels in the Architecture"!

Pictured above: The 2013 Hellgate Wind Ensemble during their sound check rehearsal prior to performing at the 2013 Chicago International Music Festival.

Pictured below: The 2013 Hellgate Wind Ensemble on stage of the Chicago Symphony Hall.

  

 

 

The Hellgate Jazz Ensemble was selected as a featured ensemble for the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Conference.  The band will gave a performance at the NAfME Convention in Portland, OR February 16-18, 2013.  We also performed at the Portland Jazz Festival - Lincoln Hall on Portland State University Campus.

Congrats to these hard working students!

 

2012 Hellgate Jazz Ensemble

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The Hellgate High School Band has a proud tradition of marching, concert and jazz band performance.

The Hellgate Bands have a long history of excellence in band performance.  From the 1960's, under the direction of Mr. Chuck Johnson, Mr. Richard Erickson, Mr. Carl Smart, John Combs (1980 - 2009), Leon Slater (2010-2022), to the present with Jesse Dochnahl, the Hellgate Bands have achieved unparalleled success for decades!  The Hellgate Bands have commissioned works from both David Maslanka (UFO Dreams and Hells Gate) and John O'Reilly (Montana Visions). The Hellgate Marching Knights have marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1978, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 2005; performed in the Cotton Bowl Parade in 1981 and the Fiesta Bowl Parade in 1992, 1995 and 1999; and also performed in the Holiday Bowl Parade of 2001, where they were selected at the Holiday Bowl Festival Sweepstakes winner taking 1st Place in Concert Band and Jazz Band performances.  In 2008, the Hellgate Band traveled to Orlando, Florida to perform at Festival Disney. The Symphonic Band earned a Superior Rating from the judges. The Jazz Band was selected as the Outstanding Band of the Festival.  In Fall 2008 the Hellgate Symphonic Winds were selected to perform at the MENC All-Northwest Conference. They commissioned and performed the World Premier of Montana Visions by composer John O'Reilly.  The Hellgate Bands participated in the 2011 Honolulu Festival (an International Cultural Arts Festival). They received superior ratings in the Wind Band festival and placed 2nd in the Festival Parade (which took place in downtown Honolulu).  The Hellgate Wind Ensemble performed on the Chicago Symphony Hall stage and won the "Gold Award" at the 2013 Chicago International Music Festival.  In March 2015, the Hellgate Wind Ensemble received the "Gold Award" at the 2015 New York Wind Band Festival for their performance in Carnegie Hall! The Hellgate Bands were invited to participate in the 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor.  They rehearsed and performed with the Marine Band, performed at the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor and marched in the official commemoration parade. In 2017, the Wind Ensemble returned to Hawaii to participate in the 36th Annual Pacific Basin Music Festival and were awarded the “Command Performance” award.
 
The Hellgate Jazz Bands have been active in festivals all over the west including the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Eastern Washington University jazz dialogue festival.  In 2013 we were invited to perform at the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest convention in Portland, Oregon. In 2014 the Jazz Band participated in the Swing Central Competition in Savannah, GA.
 
The Hellgate Bands have consistently received Superior ratings at District Music Festivals for the past 55 years! The Marching Band has performed half-time shows at football games for the University of Montana and Montana State University. The band has performed in Disneyland and San Diego’s Sea World. The Jazz Band was selected to perform at the MENC All-Northwest Convention in 2001 in Spokane, Washington and 2013 in Portland, Oregon. An overwhelming majority of the Hellgate band students take part in the District II Music Festival as soloists and members of small ensembles.