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Band to play for senior citizens

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

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 Steve Schmitz directs a piece for his students while they practice March 10. Schmitz was recently given the distinction as a finalist for Education Minnesota's Minnesota 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

Band teacher Steve Schmitz enjoys time during class conducting his students. Schmitz was nominated for teacher of the year. Results will be announced May 5 at the St. Paul River Center.

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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