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PRACTICING THE SONGS: Students in the steel drums class get together to practice playing their music. This was the first in-person rehearsals that was held and students were given the chance to either stay remote or practice in person.

Spreading cheer by singing out loud for everyone to hear

Abbey Repka, Entertainment Editor April 8, 2021

Music spreads throughout the room as junior Tennyson Tole rehearses her songs. Tole has been writing her own music and releasing it for all to hear. Tole has been singing since she was eight years old....

PRACTICING THE SONGS: Students in the steel drums class get together to practice playing their music. This was the first in-person rehearsals that was held and students were given the chance to either stay remote or practice in person.

Steel drums adjusts to virtual practices

Max Muzny, Reporter March 30, 2021

From the array of drums organized across the hall, a melody is given birth by the strikes of many mallets. This music is thanks to professional steel drum composer and educator CJ Menge who shared his...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Students in the top orchestra get together to practice at school. Students practice Tuesdays after school in-person, however on other days they practice virtually.

Orchestra finds new ways to practice and perform

Nicole Rooney, Reporter February 5, 2021

Classical music plays throughout the room as students a part of orchestra get together to practice after school. The orchestra has found new ways to learn and practice since remote learning has started. Students...

WORKING HARD: Senior Kaitlyn Muras edits and compiles footage for “Chester, who painted the world purple”. Muras spent over 24 hours editing for the children’s show.

Behind the Scenes: virtual tech theatre

Abbey Repka, Entertainment Editor January 8, 2021

The Starlight Theatre Company puts on a variety of shows throughout the year. Recently students have been working on Children’s Shows and this has caused technicians to figure out resourceful ways to...

MID POSE: Sophomore Savita Kulkarni gracefully dances on the sidewalk. Adjusting to remote learning has caused the Silver Stars and Star Dancers to come up with creative ways to learn their  new dances.

Silver Stars and Star Dancers dance away virtual troubles

Nicole Rooney, Reporter November 25, 2020

During the time of the pandemic, AISD decided to go online for the first four weeks of school. Because of these changes, the dance department made major adjustments. They have been doing their dance classes...

BACK ON STAGE: Students involved in the Fall Shows work together to make the scene come alive. Although students are able to go to school for rehearsals, they must follow COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing a mask and gloves, and also social distancing when not on stage.

Theatre takes on virtual fall shows

Abbey Repka, Entertainment Editor November 23, 2020

In past years, bright lights would hit the stage, illuminating the actors as they walked around the stage. This year, theatre has had to make major adjustments by attempting to do their fall shows virtually. Right...

Fall Extravaganza

Natalie Cullen and Izzy Rejino November 14, 2020

After a long period of virtual only events, the 2020 Fall Extravaganza was held by several fine arts departments to showcase a series of performances by the band, color guard, and dance teams.  “My...

Director of Bands Garth Gundersen instructs a group of students through Zoom. Since the official band camp has ended, the program has continued to host rehearsals allowing students to practice their skills and strengthen their bonds with peers.

Band adapts to social distancing protocols with nontraditional summer camp

Azul Lin, Dispatch Reporter August 28, 2020

In years past, marching together in the sweltering heat of Austin summers, band students united to practice creating their symphony of music. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the band to meet...

On Tuesday, March 17, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt declared that gatherings of 10 or more people in the Travis Country area would be banned until deemed safe.

Five ways to stay productive and entertained while quarantined

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor March 18, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt declared that gatherings of 10 or more people in the Travis Country area would be banned until deemed safe. In accordance...

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