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 “If I could describe Matt in one word it would be driven. His work ethic, his leadership, his constant goal setting, and never settling for anything less than perfection,” Oates said.

Music to My Ears

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2021

Name one person you know that can play the tuba, euphonium, french horn, bass clarinet, and the bass trombone...don’t worry, I’ll go first.  Matt Reis is a senior at Davenport West who has a special...

The auditorium, where concerts are held, empty.

A soundless hall

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter February 22, 2021

A silence lingers in the air, a quiet echo of phantoms in the past that carries the sounds of music to the ears of those who miss it. Music has always been a big part of West and the district as a whole,...

Trivia night participants enjoy their food while doing their best to answer the questions.

Band department hosts trivia fundraiser

Aiden Rushing, Reporter December 4, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 30 band trivia night was held at the American Legion to raise money for the music department. Teams participated against one another in trivia. Each team consisted of eight members...

West’s music department will hold solo and ensemble at West on Apr. 14. This is an example of what a solo might look like.

Students prepare for solo and ensemble competition

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor March 31, 2018

On Apr. 14, West’s music department is holding solo and ensemble at West. Students from the band, orchestra, and the choir department are able to participate. As of 2018, there were 49 entries, all...

 “My favorite part of being a band director is watching my students grow not only musically but also as people,” band director Maggie Oates said.

Women of West: Maggie Oates

Danielle Stevens , Managing editor March 26, 2018

A funny story from Maggie Oates about traveling with her honor band students: “One time, I was driving a Suburban with some kids to an honor band in Cedar Rapids and the district had not put more...

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