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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

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...

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...

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