The Kirkwood Call

Thursday night is the band’s night

Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, plays with her son.

Ava Duggin, features writer

May 14, 2020

It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in “the Wood.” Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, would usually be in downtown Kirkwood enjoying the annual summer concert series. But tonight she stands on her front porch playing her clarinet, with her son playing his trumpet on her left. With concerts and...

The dream team

Rebecca Friesen is in her second year as the head band director at KHS.

Henry Chappell, sports writer

December 4, 2019

Nathan Hopkins- Junior Nathan Hopkins has been in the Kirkwood band for four years. During that time Hopkins has won silver at the solo and ensemble state festival. Most importantly, however, he said he is loving his new role as a drum major at KHS. He said he noticed the change of energy from ...

Photo gallery: band concert 2/28/19

Phebe Hammond, sophomore, plays her clarinet at the band concert.

Mia Alexander and Morgan Gindler

March 8, 2019

KHS band performed a concert Feb. 28. The end-of-winter performance showcased the concert, symphonic and wind ensemble bands. Each section performed 2-3 pieces of music. "[This] was one of our better performances, but of course we could have done better," Phebe Hammond, sophomore, said. "Marching...

Music to my ears

Madelynn Gartland and Avery Rhoades perform with School of Rock.

Paisley Regester, features writer

December 13, 2018

A passion for music can take many forms for students at KHS. Whether they are solo musicians, in bands or members of private music programs, performing both for online communities and live in front of thousands, these four KHS students never want to stop doing what they love: making music. Madelyn...

Getting on her level

photo by Will Rives

Jack Matousek, features writer

November 27, 2018

A freshman walks through the double doors leading into the language hallway on the first day of school. Passing the classes full of her peers she walks straight to where the upperclassmen are streaming in the final room of the hallway. She grips the metal handle ready to learn not fazed about the wo...

Unified Night Lights

Unified Night Lights

Maddie Meyers, web managing editor

October 8, 2018

Three hundred Kirkwood students will join together for the third annual unified game of flag football on Wed. Oct. 10. This event takes place in the E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium at KHS and allows students grades pre-K through 12, with and without disabilities, to participate in a KHS football game. They ...

Kindred spirit

Kindred spirit

Paisley Regester, features writer

October 8, 2018

  For four KHS cheerleaders, halftime at football games is not a time for rest. Instead, they put down their poms, race to pick up their instruments from the sidelines, and join the band as they begin to march down the field. Still outfitted in their cheer uniforms, they perform for the crow...

Never enough

Never enough

Thomas Birmingham, print editor

August 20, 2018

Once golden instruments are now rusted and out of tune. The four practice rooms never seem to be open. Some music stands are so old they can barely bend. Rebecca Friesen, KHS band director, said that in a perfect world, a student would never encounter situations like this. The music program would...

Senior profile: Justin Battle

Senior profile: Justin Battle

Benji Wilton, features writer

May 18, 2018

After spending the day walking through decorated halls and preparing for Turkey Day festivities, Justin Battle, senior, anxiously watches students and staff file into the David Holley Assembly Hall. For him and the rest of the drumline, playing in front of the ecstatic crowd is their shining moment. ...

Senior Profiles: Aubrey Puryear

Senior Profiles: Aubrey Puryear

Brendan Davidson, sports writer

May 8, 2018

Aubrey Puryear’s peers describe her in one word: caring. At KHS, she walks through the halls talking to her friends, an infectious smile on her face. She said she is looking forward to college because she can continue to play the clarinet along with her psychiatric studies at Creighton University. But mo...

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