The Review

Band and orchestra combine in first ever symphony

Band and orchestra combine in first ever symphony

Natasha Janssens, Staff Writer May 19, 2021
Back when all students were learning remotely, Band Director Nicholas Thomas and Orchestra Director Penny Meitz first talked about holding a combined band and orchestra group.
My Choral Coach allows directors to share sheet music and sound files with choir students.

Performing ensembles adapt to Low Density Campus Plan with virtual music platforms

Lydia Gafford and Chloe Zhao September 23, 2020
As students return back to school under the Low Density Campus Plan, performing ensemble directors are continuing their use of online music programs to accommodate the new schedule.
Darrell Parrish plays a guitar accompaniment for choir at Candlelight in December 2018.

Darrell Parrish retires after 27 years of service

Fareen Dhuka and Ella Chen May 21, 2020
After 27 years as the Wind and Jazz Ensemble Director at St. John’s, Darrell Parrish is retiring this May.
Band Director Darrell Parrish is retiring after teaching at SJS for 26 years. Students held a car parade for Parrish on April 15 to bid him farewell.

Band members hold car parade, say farewell to Darrell Parrish

Indrani Maitra, Copy Editor April 24, 2020
Band Director Darrell Parrish is retiring after teaching at SJS for 26 years. Students held a car parade for Parrish on April 15 to bid him farewell.
River Whyless' 2018 album

Make Up Your Mind: River Whyless’ “Kindness, A Rebel”

Sophia Kontos, Online Editor-in-Chief September 27, 2018
Whyless Rivers' 2018 album "Kindness, A Rebel" features foot-tapping instrumentals and poignant lyrics.
The five freshmen have become close friends thanks to the band.

Special Music: Claremont Heir performs “Buddy Holly” by Weezer

Megan Chang, Jack Shea, and Alex Tinkham September 5, 2018
Five freshmen formed a rock band known as Claremont Heir in May 2017. Watch the band perform "Buddy Holly" by Weezer.

Fine Arts concerts show off all ensemble levels

November 8, 2017
In the middle of October, choral, orchestra and band ensembles of all levels performed musical pieces.
Lindsey Jordan, chief songwriter for Snail Mail, performs at Walter's.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan opens up about her journey

Lilah Gaber, Social Media Editor August 3, 2017
Lindsey Jordan of the rock band Snail Mail discusses her experiences as a young woman in the music industry.
Members of Banana Bender Surprise lounge next to their brown Suburban, the Brown Chariot. Band members included (from left to right): Jason Barker ('89), Allen Hill, Conrad Choucroun ('94), David Beebe and Gerard Choucroun ('89).

Banana Blender band legacy lives on

Izzy Andrews, Staff Writer April 19, 2017
Hear some of the greatest hits from the Houston band Banana Blender Surprise. Three of the five members are St. John's alumni.
Senior Will Duson plays the electric guitar. Duson and the other members of 3rd Denial have performed at venues like House of Blues and Numbers Night Club.

Duson takes center stage with pop-punk band

Cara Maines, Assistant Online Editor January 21, 2014
With an EP on iTunes, a possible tour planned for this summer and concerts at the House of Blues, 3rd Denial is establishing a name in the Houston music scene.
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