Band Camp is Coming!!!

Monday morning begins what some would consider the best two weeks of the year!  BAND CAMP!  Yes, the days can be long, hot, and stressful, but the outcome of those days is an experience like no other.  When those weeks are over, you'll be able to look back on them and see all of the great work you got done and all of the fun you had with your friends.  

After years of attending band camps as both a student and an instructor, there are a number of things that I have learned.  First, SUNSCREEN.  No, this is not just because I am bald and burn easy.  Help your body out in dealing with the sun!  Apply sunscreen early and reapply often.  Everytime we get a break, throw some more on.  If you burn easy, I recommend the cream rather than the spray.  You'll thank me later…that pavement can get HOTTTTTT!!

Secondly, BREAKFAST.  Yes, there have been days where even I run late for band camp.  No matter how late you woke up EAT SOMETHING!!! Grab a protein bar (or three), drive-thru somewhere, beg mommy to make you something…it doesn't matter.  Get food in your body.  Sometimes the hours of 8:00-11:30am are the hardest to get through.  If you have nothing in your system you'll be a frequent visitor to the sideline or nurse!

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER!!!! We are all guilty at times of not drinking enough water.  Maybe you think that you don't need it.  Maybe you think it makes you look weak.  Nothing makes you look weaker than collapsing in the middle of basics because you've had no water all day.  Be sure to bring with you a large jug with your name on it of water for the day.  We'll supply refills for you but have something to get you started.  Drinking water in the evening is just as important as staying hydrated during the day.  Be sure to drink a few glasses of water each evening to replenish what you lost during the day.  You'll feel better in the morning and set yourself for success!

Below are a few documents that have been put together as some reminders of what to expect during band camp.  Be sure to read over them very carefully.  Veterans, you should already know what to expect, BE PREPARED!  Rookies, this is all new to you.  Don't be afraid to ask questions so that you know what you are getting into.  

Good luck to everyone over the next two weeks!  I'm looking forward to getting a lot of great work done!

Mr. Hoeltje

Band Camp Reminders

Max and Erma’s Dinner Night Out Fundraiser

Join us in a fundraising opportunity that can also make your life a little easier.  Put down the pots and pans and have a meal (or two) at Max and Erma's in Monroeville on Monday, June 20 ALL DAY.  Present the flyer below and a portion of your check goes directly to the Gateway Marching Band!

Max & Ermas June 2016

2016-17 Drum Majors

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Drum Majors!

Drum Major- Mollie Serbin

Assistant Drum Majors- Cassie Kokal & Gabrielle Feldman

Congratulations to these girls and congratulations to all who auditioned on a wonderful performance.   Our band is in good hands!

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Percussion Sections

Percussion Assignments

Gateway Colorguard

2016 Colorguard Auditions

Please contact the follwoing with questions:

Mr. Hoeltje –
Deb Kostley –
Dan Minkel –

Percussion Workshops/Auditions

2016 Marching Band Percussion Camps

Drum Major Workshops and Auditions


Drum Major Audition Material 2016-17

Section Leader Application

Any student in grades 10-12 is eligible to apply for a position as a Gateway Marching Band Section Leader.  Please complete the application form below and turn in by May 20, 2016.

Section Leaders for the 2016-17 Gateway Marching Band will be announced at our first rehearsal on June 6, 2016.  

If you have questions please email Mr. Hoeltje at

Section Leader Application

It is Time!!! 2016-17 Recruitment has begun!

That's Right!!! IT IS TIME to begin building the 2016-17 edition of the Gateway High School Marching Band!  Below you will find all of the recruitment papers that will go home with current 7th and 8th grade students beginning tomorrow morning.  

Current band members and new band members will need to submit an INTENT TO PARTICIPATE form to Mrs. Cornelius, Mr. Read, or Mr. Hoeltje before May 20, 2016!

Our 2016 production will be announced at our first day of Mini-Camp on June 6, 2016! (No, the video is not a clue.)

Cover Letter from Mr. Hoeltje


GMB Rehearsal Procedures

Percussion Poster

Parent Letter

Performance Schedule

Summer Rehearsal Schedule

If you find yourself with any questions please contact Mr. Hoeltje via email ( or by phone (412-373-5751).

Stephanie Read Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

Reception Flyer - FULL PAGE