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Smaller band ensemble performs in intimate settings

Smaller band ensemble performs in intimate settings

Jenna Cook and Amaia Barajas

January 15, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities

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


Filed under Features Columns

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


Filed under School clubs and activities

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


Filed under School clubs and activities

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


Filed under Reviews

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...

All-Conference provides learning experiences

All-Conference provides learning experiences

David Bryant, Sofie Geretz, and Ethan Meisler

October 8, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

This year at All-Conference, schools selected students from band, orchestra and choir to prepare a concert in one day, according to the St. Louis Park High School 6425 News. Guest conductor Kyle Fleming said he enjoys seeing students discover their full musical potential. “There are fantastic students that b...

Band celebrates achievements, banquet

Band celebrates achievements, banquet

Hannah Leff

May 18, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Band director Steven Schmitz said he started the band banquet as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of the band program. “I started doing the (band banquet) during my first year here (at Park). I noticed all sports and theater have (a banquet), and I thought that we should too because we have ple...

Band performs at concert contest

Band performs at concert contest

Hannah Leff

April 30, 2018


Filed under Student Life

Band director Steven Schmitz said he was extremely proud when the Wind Ensemble received a superior ranking for its region contest performance for the third year in a row. According to Schmitz, the Wind Ensemble performed in the Region 6AA large group contest at Edina High School April 23. “Bands...

Band teacher to teach in South Africa

Band teacher to teach in South Africa

Hannah Leff

April 11, 2018


Filed under Profiles

According to Band director Steven Schmitz, he will be volunteer teaching at a music school in Cape Town, South Africa from May 13 to June 6. “I got this offer, that is probably once in a lifetime, to volunteer teach in Cape Town, South Africa. The school is a music school, and I would be teaching sa...

Band travels to Hawaii

Band travels to Hawaii

Tjessa Arrandodo

March 20, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to band director Steven Schmitz, he hopes his students will dive into the history and cultural experiences Hawaii has to offer on their band trip during spring break. “I want my students to understand American history and musically honor the sacrifices of our military heroes,” Schmitz said. Sophomore ...

Wind Ensemble performs district concert

Wind Ensemble performs district concert

Hannah Leff

March 2, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

The district fifth grade band, eighth grade band and high school Wind Ensemble came together to perform in the annual district concert Feb. 26, according to junior Lexi Lee. According to band teacher Steven Schmitz, the concert is meant to show the younger students and their families how band students ...

Jazz band hosts conference competition

Jazz band hosts conference competition

Emma Kempf and Maddie Lund

February 7, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life

According to band director Steve Schmitz, Park hosted the West Metro Conference jazz festival on Jan. 31. “High school jazz bands (performed) from Chanhassen, Chaska, Richfield, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy and Robbinsdale Cooper,” Schmitz said. According to Schmi...

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