July Fourth Rehearsal and Family Picnic

July 4

Innovations of Brass: Pittsburgh a Success

On Wednesday, June 24 the Gateway Band Boosters hosted five Drum Corps International Corps for Innovations of Brass: Pittsburgh. Fans who attended the show were treated to wonderful performances by the Troopers, Boston Crusaders, Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Blue Coats, and a special encore performance by The Commandant’s Own United States Marines Drum and Bugle Corps. It was a perfect night for a show and fans were not disappointed! Here are a few pictures from the evening:

Thank you to all who were involved in making this show a success. Special thanks to all of the parent and student volunteers!

Jeremy Leidhecker Wins CINE’s 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Congratulations to Jeremy Leidhecker, composer/aranger for the Gateway Band for this outstanding accomplishment.  Jeremy served as Mr. Read's student teacher and has since written numerous original compositions for the Gateway Band program including a commisioned work in memory of Mr. Read's daughter, titled "Dear, Stephanie" which was premeired earlier this year.  The Gateway Band program is lucky to be able to work with such a talented up and coming composer.  Good luck in the future Mr. Leidhecker and congratulations!

See HERE to read the whole story at broadway.com.

Jeremy Leidhecker

Gateway Band Boosters to host DCI show

For the third straight year, the Gateway Band Boosters are happy to host the INNOVATIONS OF BRASS- DCI show at Gateway High School – Wednesday, June 24, 2015.  

This year's show will feature:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH
Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
Troopers – Casper, NY

In Exhibition – United States Marines Drum & Bugle Corps

It should be another outstanding evening of marching arts!

LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS: http://dcitickets.showare.com

Innovations of Brass

New Drum Majors Announced

On Friday, May 29, the eve of our first marching band rehearsal for the 2015-16 school year, drum major auditions were held.  We watched seven very strong candidates conduct, march, call commands, salute, and answer questions as we tried to select the best leaders for ou band.  After some difficult deliberations, Senior Ally Kick was selected as the Gateway Band's new Drum Major while Juniors Cassie Kokal and Mollie Serbin were selected as the band's Assistant Drum Majors.  We are all very excited about what these three wonderful young ladies will bring to their new positions!  Congratulations to all who auditioned!  Our band is in very good hands with all of you leading the way!

New Drum Majors

Scholarship Winners

The Gateway Band Boosters annually award multiple scholarships to graduating seniors.

The Noah Gray Scholarship goes to three graduating seniors who have benefited from their time in the Gateway Marching Band.  This year, the Gateway Band Boosters selected Anna Marie Clark, Katie Greggerson, and Victoria Antonelli as the scholarship award winners.  

Anna Marie has been a vital member of the front ensemble for a number of years and has been a fantastic performer (marimba), leader, and friend!  

Anna Marie Clark

Katie will be greatly missed as a  member of our clarinet section.  She has served as the clarinet section leader and has been a prime example of hardwork and dedication to her musical craft. Katie was also awarded the John Philip Sousa Award for her musical talents and dedication to the band program at Gateway High School.

Katie Greggerson

Tori is the poster child for hard work!  She came from a scared rookie to a strong, confident color guard captain!  

Tori Antonelli

This year's Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence (presented by the United States Marines) was awarded to trumpet player, Adam Thimons.  Adam has been an integral part of the Gateway Band program for years.  His musical talents have benefited not only our band but also the River City Youth Brass Band. 

Adam Thimons

The Amanda Jane Price Scholarship as well as the Stephanie Read Memorial Scholarship (presented by the Read family) were both awarded to Kendall Alexander.  Kendall has been an amazing talent on the Gateway Stage for the past 4 years.  While she is not involved in the marching band, Kendall has performed in 4 musicals, 4 plays and has stunned audiences over the years.  She will be studying theater in college.  Congratulations Kendall!

All of these seniors will be GREATLY missed as members of the Gateway music community! Congratulations and Good Luck!



Always accepting NEW (and OLD) Band Members

The 2015-16 edition of the Gateway High School Marching Band is looking to add Gateway students grades 8-12 to their marching band roster.  

If you are currently a band student at eighter GHS or GMS and are interested in seeing what marching band is all about, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. 

What's that?…You played an instrument in middle school or elementary school?…WE'D LOVE FOR YOU TO MAKE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE BAND!  We have a great group of instructors who are experienced with students from beginners to experienced players who are willing to get you back in performing shape.  

Don't be worried!  If you are even a little curious to see if marching band might be for you please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Read (raread@gatewayk21.org) or Mr. Hoeltje (jhoeltje@gatewayk12.org)

The Gateway Band takes on Washington, D.C. this weekend

This weekend, for the second time, the Gateway High School Marching Band will travel to our nation's capital to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade.  This is a great honor for our band and one that we take very seriously and with a lot of pride.  

The band will depart Monroeville around 4:00 AM on Saturday, May 23 arriving in Washington around 9:00 AM.   The itinerary for the trip includes trips to all of the Smithsonian institute museums, a visit to the Holocaust Museum, a tour of Ford's Theater, a walking tour of the various war memorials, a visit to the Library of Congress, and attending the National Memorial Day Concert held at the U.S. Capitol Building.  

On the morning of Monday, May 25 the band will take part in the opening ceremonies of the 11th annual parade and then march straight down Constitution Ave. past the White House ending at 17th St.  The band will pass by the nation’s monuments, museums, and hundreds of thousands of spectators waving their flags and cheering for our country’s heroes – the men and women who wear the uniform of our armed forces.

The 2015 National Memorial Day Parade will be televised LIVE nationally on REELZ, around the world on the American Forces Network, in Washington, DC on News Channel 8, and streamed on Military.com. 

Mr. Read and Mr. Hoeltje are thrilled to be able to offer this experience to our students and to educate them in the importance of this holiday.  We look forward to a wonderful trip, an amazing parade, and a great learning experience for all. 


For more information on the parade please visit: http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/parade/

Gateway Band in The National Memorial Day Parade

The Gateway Band will be in Washington DC on Memorial Day to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade.   The band last performed in the parade in 2012.