Montrose Music Department

Building Musicians. Building People.

FanCloth Sales

As Homecoming week continues on, remember we are doing a fundraiser that is selling school spirit wear!  Continue selling to reach our goal, remember the more items we sell, the more money per item you get in return!  Catalogs and payments will be due next week Wednesday (9/20). Please have these to me by the 20th so I can get orders in and hopefully have our gear by the end of October!

Thanks for all your hard work!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Mrs. Hentges



Hello, all!

So, it’s taken me longer than it should have, but I’ve finally gotten the grade book set up the way I want it!  Some of you may notice that your grade is lower than you want it be.  Be sure to continue to participate in class, come to all performances (high school students), and if you are a 5-8 band member, come to lessons!  High school students: Remember that if you cannot attend a performance, a written notice (hard copy or email) is to be in my possession 2 WEEKS before the performance!  The reasoning for this is if there’s too many people absent, we may have to cancel altogether!

Feel free, students and parents, to contact to me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Mrs. Hentges

Pep Band Schedule!

We are expected to play at all the home games here in Montrose, and here are the home games I gathered from the Montrose School Website:

9/5 VB

9/14 VB

9/15 Homecoming

9/19 VB

12/21 Boys Basketball

1/15 Girls Basketball

2/1 Girls Basketball

2/23 Boys Basketball

Pep Bands are mandatory as they are a huge reflection on the music program here at Montrose.  You must arrive 45 minutes before the Varsity game to insure that we can warm up, run through the visitors school song, and tune!  Excused absences include participation in sporting events scheduled through the school, school absences, and family emergencies.  Work, concerts, friends, are not excused absences and your grade will reflect your choices.  IF you know you will be out of town or absent, a written and signed letter from your parents must be presented to Mrs. Hentges two weeks prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Mrs. Hentges



I know this isn’t everyone’s favorite thing, but we’ve got a pretty great opportunity to raise some good money for our upcoming trip!  Our trip total per person has not been set yet, due to switching directors, lack of communication, etc., we simply just haven’t locked them in yet!  So even if you think you’ve earned enough money, the price will most likely change, and it doesn’t hurt to fundraise a little more and have a little extra cash in your pocket!

Our fundraiser that is running right now is FanCloth which has personalized a bunch of apparel for our school.  Click here to head to our FanCloth webpage and order up some cool Montrose gear!  The more items we sell as a school, the more we get back per item, so shop away!  Great for gifting and showing some school pride!  Being a West Central and SDSU graduate, I’ve got to get some more red in my wardrobe!

As always, let me know if you have any questions, and I will do my best to get them answered for you!

Mrs. Hentges


Band Camp, Day 1!

Well, day one of marching band is in the books!  I had an awesome day getting to know everyone.  Today we dusted off our instruments, found that we should’ve maybe practiced more this summer, and got to cover some marching basics!

A reminder that tomorrow’s rehearsal is CANCELLED!  I’ve got some training in Harrisburg to attend to!

Thanks for a great day and I’ll see you all Friday!

~Mrs. Hentges

Fruit Sale 2016

Today we are kicking of our annual fruit fundraising drive!

As in years past, we will be selling apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, beef sticks, and string cheese. But we are also adding some new options!

New Meats and Cheeses

We will offer cheese spreads, summer sausage, two kinds of beef sticks, cheese and meat gift boxes, and a variety of mixed gourmet nuts this year through our fruit order forms. These are great for the holidays!

Food Essentials

Through Deli International, we will be offering a catalog of dry mixes to make breads, cakes, desserts, and dips. Peek through the pages to see if there are any goodies you’d want for your holiday gatherings.

Gourmet Coffee

We are sending a flyer out with a selection of gourmet coffees in several flavors. Customers can buy both traditional coffee packages (10-12 cups per pack) and K-cups (single serve cups for Kuerig machines). Let us help you get through the mornings while you support our band program!

Our sale will go through November 14. Spread the word and support our band students!

2016 Honor Choir and All-State Chorus

Congratulations to our 2016 Honor Choir!

Our Honor Choir includes some of our most dedicated and talented choir students, and these students will participate in two major events, represent our school at the South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and perform pieces at contests and concerts.

Here are the participants this year:


Sarah Kipp – soprano
Jocelyn Krouse – alto
Caleb Krouse – tenor
Collin Cleveland – bass


Maddie Cheever – soprano
Abigail Van Ruler – alto
Cody Sechser – tenor
Dawson Hopkins – bass


Vinessa Sowell – soprano
Tate Reiner – tenor
Peyton Cleveland – bass
Koltan Lindstrom – bass


BEC Honor Choir – Monday, October 17, 2016
This event will be held in Volga, SD, this year. Students will attend for a full day, taking off from the school at 8:00am and returning after the concert (probably back by around 9:00pm). The concert is held at Sioux Valley High School at 7:00pm, and the cost for admission is generally around $5 per adult and $3 per student to attend the concert. Student meals are provided through the music program.

Freeman All-State Extravaganza – Thursday, October 20, 2016
This event will be held at Freeman High School in Freeman, SD. Students will leave the school at 8:00am and return by 3:00pm. The concert is at 1:30pm [edited 10/18/2016] in the high school gym in Freeman, and there is no cost to attend. Students will need to pay for their meals at this event.

Region II Contest – Monday, March 13, 2017
This event is held at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Students will be participating in a single event as a choir, scheduled some time during the day. Depending on when the event is scheduled, students may need to bring money for lunch. The event is open to the public, and many different schools will have participants in various events all day. We plan to leave by 8:00am and return before the end of the school day.

The Honor Choir will perform three to four selections over the course of the school year at our two public concerts, including our Christmas concert (December 8) and our spring concert (April 27).

Again, congratulations to these accomplished students for their extra work and commitment to the practice of choral performance!

Jazz Composers Unit – Resources

Please use the following resources when researching your jazz composer/innovator:

We made a sound booth for recording. This is what it looks like.

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