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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

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...

Used with permission from Steve Schmitz

Band teacher works on expanding perspectives

Danny Shope February 19, 2021

To get students to think critically about race, gender and sexuality this year in class, band teacher Steve Schmitz has been setting aside class time every month to talk about underrepresented musicians. “A...

Band students will play a variety of holiday music for senior citizens. Afterward, students will engage in conversation.

Band to play for senior citizens

Henry Brettingen December 11, 2019

As freshman band member Fiona Schaack reflected on why the band performance on Dec. 12 is important, she said more people should have respect for elders. “Respecting your elders matters because it’s...

Band teacher among best in state

Band teacher among best in state

Junior David Klein said even though band teacher Steven Schmitz did not become Teacher of the Year, he is still an accomplished teacher. “Mr. Schmitz is not only an incredible person, but an incredible...

Sophomore Anavey Hosack practices her clarinet. Hosack went on to win the Best of Sight Award, the first time someone from Park has won the award in five years.

Clarinetist wins Best of Site Award

After winning the Best of Site Award for her clarinet solo performance, sophomore Anavey Hosack said she was overjoyed. “I feel really awesome, I was a little nervous about it. Everyone knew before...

Band teacher Steve Schmitz directs a piece for his students while they practice March 10. Schmitz was recently given the distinction as a finalist for Education Minnesotas Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

After being nominated for teacher of the year and becoming one of only nine finalists, band teacher Steven Schmitz said he felt enthused about the nomination, but cared most about what his students think. “It’s...

Junior Dayna Krause and senior Lexi Lee practice their part in the multi-faceted wind ensemble piecex. All members of Park band will perform a concert March 5.

Band hosts 16th annual POPS concert

Playing for his last year, senior Anthony David said he is looking forward to the band’s upcoming POPS concert and feels more prepared than in the past despite not loving the theme. “We get to...

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