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Band to play for senior citizens

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 important to be a well-rounded, respectful person,” Schaack said. According to band director Stev...

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,” ...

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...

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