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Second hour choir sings Sept. 27. The choir class had to move to a classroom due to the construction on the school.

Moving Music

Jeremy Eichten October 1, 2023

Park is undergoing construction and renovations on the building this year, and there are a variety of changes that are being made to adjust to this construction. One of these changes is due to the music...

Band practices a music piece during class Sept. 19. Pep Band hopes to expand its reach by playing at new events this year.

Pep band undergoes changes

Pascale Hegerle and Leo Justesen September 22, 2023

With both the start of a new school year and a brand new band director, the pep band is undergoing some changes. Along with the influx of new members and the annual update to the song catalog, the pep...

Former band teacher Steve Schmitz hugs student July 31. A going-away party was thrown for a beloved teacher.

Band teacher goodbyes

Alicia Mainjeni August 1, 2023

After 12 years of teaching at St. Louis Park High School, four years at Park Spanish Immersion (PSI) and one year at Susan Lindgren, former band director Steve Schmitz splits from Park. To celebrate his...

Senoir Ben Duncan embraces band director Steve Schmitz onstage. The wind ensemble had its final concert of the year on May 9.

Park’s band performs emotional final concert

Modesty Manion and Ena Mekic May 12, 2023

After a year filled with concerts from all of Park’s bands, the wind ensemble had its final performance of the year May 9. During the performance, the band played four songs followed by the annual...

Sophomore Charlie Lamar plays clarinet Tuesday. Band played their first concert of the year Dec. 6.

Band presents first concert of the year

Jamar Hester Jr, Ari Lissauer, and Owen Mccolgan December 13, 2022

Band performed their first concert of the year Dec. 7. According to sophomore Tanner Halley, he said he made sure to prepare for the concert as much as he could. “I got ready, I practiced every day,...

Band kids play trombone during the hockey game Dec. 1. Boys hockey lost to Chaska 1-5.

Band performs at first hockey game

Ari Lissauer, Cole Taylor, and Jacob Martenson December 7, 2022

After playing in the band at the boys varsity hockey game Dec. 1. senior Sebastian Tangleson, said concerts at sporting games take a lot of preparation. “There's a decent amount of prep, you get to...

Visceral Reaction practices  together August 18. They will perform at 6 p.m. on Sep. 7 at the Cabooze.

Teen death metal band gives fans a Visceral Reaction

Modesty Manion September 7, 2022

Old school death metal is a revival movement of death metal, a music genre that emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. A subgenre of heavy metal, death metal demonstrates exaggerated intensity, volume,...

Junior gets accepted into the Minnesota All State Jazz Band

Junior gets accepted into the Minnesota All State Jazz Band

Aidan Shafton June 1, 2022

How does it feel to be accepted into the Minnesota All State Jazz Band?  It feels great, this is my second time being accepted and it feels just as good as the first time. Last year I only made it...

In a practice room, junior Greta Runyon and Gretchen Huebsch study sheet music May 9. In order to keep up with an IB course-load, the Independent Study Wind Ensemble allows students to practice band on their own time.

Study hall aims to help IB diploma candidates

For several students, balancing the responsibilities of being a full-time band student and achieving the IB diploma has become increasingly difficult.  Resulting from the blow the band program took...

Band trip leads to team bonding

Band trip leads to team bonding

Sophia Curran-Moore April 11, 2022

In an overcrowded bus on its way to Los Angeles, a group of excited band kids spontaneously burst into song. On the journey to California, we found ways to make every moment fun, such as by singing on...

Band postponed its trip from Ireland to San Diego for spring break due to COVID-19 and a lack of student participation. According to band director Steven Schmitz, although he hoped for the original trip, he is happy about the new plan.

Band plans trip to San Diego

Lily Nugteren February 15, 2022

With the rise in Omicron cases and the drop in student participation, band has decided to make some drastic changes to their spring break plans of going to Ireland. Band director Steven Schmitz said he...

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