Hellgate Wind Ensemble

Hellgate High School Wind Ensemble members warm up in New York City's Carnegie Hall before winning a gold medal at Monday's music festival.

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Hellgate High School's Wind Ensemble band received a gold medal for its performance Monday evening at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

"It's been a great day," band director Leon Slater said after the awards ceremony. "(Missoula composer) David Maslanka helped us open up and relax into the spirit of the whole thing. The kids were totally in the moment."

The 77-member band performed a Maslanka piece titled "Give Us This Day" and a John Mackey composition called "Night On Fire."

Hellgate was one of three bands from around the nation to receive a gold medal. Nine bands were invited to perform in the New York Wind Band Festival, coming from Malaysia, California, Hawaii and Michigan along with Montana.

The Missoula musicians are expected to return home Tuesday evening.

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