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Photo of the week- Sept. 8

Blowing into his trumpet, senior and trumpet section leader Karl Oswald practices his instrument outdoors at band rehearsal. Band has resumed rehearsals with restrictions put in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines. “One big limitation is that all of our rehearsals have to be monitored very carefully. That means I can't just pick a random day of the week for the trumpet section and myself to come together and rehearse; everything needs to be very planned out,” Oswald said. “This year, I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to play music in person with people I care about and [perform] my solo.”
September 11, 2020

Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation

Focused on his music, senior Noah Wright plays his trumpet alongside the rest of trumpet section during his second hour class. Wright has been playing in the Jazz Band since his sophomore year, but this is his first year playing with a full instrumentation.“With there being more people, we’ve really been able to push ourselves,” Wright said. “We really have depth in the parts.”
November 2, 2018

For the first time since 2001, the Jazz Band has a full instrumentation. This means that the band has players for each instrument required for musical pieces written for large bands, including saxophones,...

Senior oboist Gwyn Allendorph works to make her passion a career

Practicing during school, senior Gwyn Allendorph works on music for an outside ensemble. One of her most impactful moments in music was listening to melodies in the strings during a performance of the Peer Gynt Suite at Powell Hall. “One of my favorite pieces of all time to play is Donzón no. 2 by Arturo Márquez, that was the first piece we ever started rehearsing in the YPCO in my first year,” Allendorph said.
October 16, 2018

If you want to find senior Gwyn Allendorph, check a practice room, a stage in Webster Groves or perhaps Powell Hall. An accomplished oboist, Allendorph is currently in four symphonic orchestras and has...

Showcase concert sets music department off on a strong start

Senior Meghan Stanfield, junior Theresa Monteleone and senior Chloe Hershenow perform enthusiastically in Jazz Choir at the First Annual Music Department Showcase Concert. This is Stanfield’s second year in the ensemble. “Singing is my passion, and it’s so nice to come to class to just sing with all my friends,” Stanfield said. “It really helps me forget about all the chaos of the world.”
October 8, 2018

As parents, friends and students poured into the gymnasium, they were met with the rhythmic pounding of the Marching Band. The strong metronome, meant to keep the marchers in synchronization, was captivating. This...

Musicians flourish with auditioned bands

Freshman Caleb Upchurch plays the french horn in concert band. “I think band has been fun so far, and the level of music is about average,” Upchurch said. Currently in the process of selecting what to play in their October concert, the students are playing a wide variety of pieces from Robert Sheldon to Caesar Giovannini.
September 7, 2018

Walk down the music hallway at any given time of day and there is probably a band student working in a practice room. Come back during third, fifth or sixth hour and find a full band rehearsing their pieces,...

Three students attend prestigious All-State music conference

With a violin cradled in his arms, junior Jason Wan performs at a fall orchestra concert. Wan, who practices violin for roughly an hour a day, was selected to participate in the All-State orchestra at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference. “Every year you go to Mizzou and there’s a lot of people that audition so you have to stay there for a couple hours,” Wan said. “[At the conference] you rehearse for six to eight hours a day and then you perform on the last day. Some people practice their music before they get there.”
March 5, 2018

From the morning of Jan. 24 through the evening of Jan. 27, music permeated the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks. At the 80th annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference, juniors...

BØRNS concert review

Garrett Clark Borns, the lead singer of the band BØRNS, performed in St. Louis on Jan. 30 at the Pageant. Dressed in leather, Borns paraded around the stage while singing over the sound of screaming fans.
February 6, 2018

Alternative rock band BØRNS took the stage in St. Louis on Jan. 30 for a concert at the Pageant. The small venue provided fans with a close-up view of the main singer/songwriter Garrett Clark Borns while...

Four band students accepted into St. Louis All-Suburban Concert Band

Junior Justin Cupps plays marimba in preparation for the audition. The auditions for All-Suburban concert band were held at Parkway North on Monday, Nov 6. Cupps was one of four students from Parkway West that made it into the band.
November 7, 2017

After weeks of practicing the same few sets of scales, rudiments and excerpts, four band students, percussionist and junior Justin Cupps, oboist and junior Gwyn Allendorph, tubist and junior John Eyermann...

Bands take spring break trip to New York City

Trying out newly-acquired music techniques, the band runs through one of their practiced songs. The students played four pieces in total under the direction of Brad Wallace.
March 19, 2017

Armed with pillows, blankets and a surplus of gadgets to keep them entertained on the nearly 12 hour bus ride to Columbus, Ohio, 62 students boarded two charter buses at 7:45 am on March 10, marking...

Longhorns compete against bands from across the nation

Marching band competes at Lafayette High School on Sept. 24.
November 5, 2016
Bands traveled in from Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Arkansas and Nebraska to participate.
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