The Echo

Band teacher among best in state

Band teacher among best in state

Gabriel Kaplan, Maria Perez Barriga, and Katie Hardie

May 9, 2019

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 teacher,” Klein said. “I know from his perspective, he wasn’t that set on winning. He wa...

Clarinetist wins Best of Site Award

Clarinetist wins Best of Site Award

Maria Perez Barriga, Katie Hardie, and Gabriel Kaplan

April 27, 2019

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 I did, but yeah it’s good,” Hosack said. “It’s pretty big and not easy to win, especially for ...

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Maria Perez Barriga, Gabriel Kaplan, and Katie Hardie

April 15, 2019

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 a great honor to be nominated and to have made it this far, it’s been surreal,” ...

Band hosts 16th annual POPS concert

Band hosts 16th annual POPS concert

Gabriel Kaplan, Maria Perez Barriga, and Katie Hardie

March 4, 2019

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 pick the theme — this year it’s POPS spins the records — and we get to play the music and hav...

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Ben Sanford

February 8, 2019

Teacher of the year nominee and Park band conductor Steven Schmitz said that he created a welcoming “I’ve tried really hard to build the program here and make it a family, and have the groups all be successful, more successful than when I found them. I feel I’ve been successful at that, so we a...

Band plays at Timberwolves game

Band plays at Timberwolves game

Amaia Barajas and Jenna Cook

January 22, 2019

As senior Lexi Lee reflects on the band’s performance at a Timberwolves game, she recalled a particular song that she was proud of. “When we played ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ it sounded really good and it was fun to play,” Lee said. “It was a fun experience playing with friends.” According...

Smaller band ensemble performs in intimate settings

Smaller band ensemble performs in intimate settings

Jenna Cook and Amaia Barajas

January 15, 2019

According to band director Steven Schmitz, Harmony Bridge is a small program which provides a unique experience for performers and audiences alike. “Students play in small groups, and then they perform at senior homes and veteran homes, and then a key part of it besides the playing and bringing a co...

Live performance encourages confidence

Live performance encourages confidence

David Bryant

December 22, 2018

Since attending my first live music show at the Depot Coffee House freshman year, I have taken an interest in being in a band. Seeing a musical side to those kids who didn't say much at school was eye opening. After finding myself back at the Depot every month or two my involvement only grew, which e...

St. Olaf honor band cultivate improvement

St. Olaf honor band cultivate improvement

Amaia Barajas and Jenna Cook

December 13, 2018

As senior Oliver Willette reflects on his time performing with the St.Olaf honor band he recounts the complexity and fast-pace the band had. “It reinforces the importance of once you make a mistake you can’t make it again. We probably played through four songs and we played through them all only...

Band to collaborate with Park Singers

Band to collaborate with Park Singers

Amaia Barajas

December 6, 2018

As senior Lexi Lee, who plays clarinet in the wind ensemble, nears the last winter concert of her band career, she reflects on ending band and saying goodbye to another high school experience. “It’s weird to think about. I know everything has to end eventually in high school, but I’ve been in...

Minnesota band dives headfirst into new sound

Minnesota band dives headfirst into new sound

Jenna Cook

October 16, 2018

With the release of second studio album “Bambi,” Minnesota-based boyband Hippo Campus has diverged from their classic two guitars, one bass and drum kit sound. With the introduction of synths and other electronic sounds, the band has reinvented their sound while maintaining their style. The album opens...

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School
band