The Pony Express

COVID-19 closures force music auditions online

Sophomore Madelyn Puhrmann practices her violin at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all musicians are forced to stay home and practice alone, making coordination between the members of the entire music group difficult.

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

April 25, 2020

Following the stay at home order by Governor Tim Walz, all public schools were asked to close until May 4. This caused many school-sanctioned activities to be modified or canceled, including music auditions. While the band program had largely completed auditions for the 2020-2021 school year before spri...

Lysne expresses indescribable love for music

Senior Mya Lynse looks over a piece she has been working on. In her free time, Lynse works on new music that has not been created before.

Emma Urban, Photographer

February 15, 2019

Senior Mya Lysne practicing a piece for battle of the bands. In her free time, Lysne likes to create new music pieces she hasn't made before.

Patterson shows musical talent in many areas

Sherilyn Patterson played her saxophone during the Jazz band portion of the Winter Concerts on Dec. 16 and 17. She played oboe and English horn in the Wind Symphony and Concert Orchestra portions of the concert.

Ben Wrightsman, Video Editor

February 15, 2019

As students pass through their educational path, many tried wide variety of musical instruments. Maybe it is a trumpet, a guitar, or a pair of drumsticks. Music is one of the shining stars of the Stillwater Area High School curriculum. Throughout the years, the Stillwater music community continu...

The Bungdungs: school band evolves with promising musicians

“The old band was formed around April of 2015 and the new band formed in early September of 2016,

Hope Haukom, Social Media Reporter

December 8, 2016

Stillwater’s full of many kids with varying music interests. A rising band with lots of hidden talent is now taking center stage with their rock and roll music. A band of seniors currently going by the name of “The Bungdungs” is made up of three musically talented guys, Charlie Skaret, Ben O...

Band’s putting on a rockin’ lock-in

Dylan Foster, Field Reporter

January 12, 2016

The doors are shut and the band is rockin to get ready for the return of the annual band lock-in on Jan. 23. The band is back and ready to get together in the upcoming band lock-in. A favorite of band students, the excitement of all members is in the air. The band comes together to share commonalities...

Annual winter concert brings chills, in a good way

Amelia Schneider, Copy Editor

January 14, 2015

The winter concert on Dec. 21 and 22 was Stillwater Area High School’s annual concert of holiday music and entertainment. Six ensembles performed. Three of the six are prestigious “Concert” groups (Orchestra, Band and Choir) and the remaining three are the music programs’ after school ensembles. "So...

Concert band represents SAHS in Indianapolis

The concert wind symphony band enjoyed a trip to Indianapolis to participate in the Music for All National Festival. “We were selected for the festival, along with twenty-something other bands and percussion ensembles,” said junior Alaina Friedrich. “It was awesome that our band got in because the competition can be tough.”

Fiona Montie

April 3, 2014

The concert wind symphony band enjoyed a trip to Indianapolis to participate in the Music for All National Festival. This is a selective convention in which the group had the opportunity to play with other talented bands from around the country. The actual festival took place March 6-8 and was presented by ...

Community building within music programs


On Nov. 12, Concert Orchestra performed in the concert organization’s fall concert. Seniors Natalie Tri, Aidan Hybertson, junior Michaela Byland, and senior Jarden Allen play the violin. Featuring pieces included “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Offenbach and the final movement of “The New World Symphony” by Dvorak.

Ellie Anderson

November 27, 2013

The music groups at Stillwater Area High School have created a close community. The different music groups are creating inseparable bonds with each other through different events that they do as an ensemble. The Belle Chanter recently had a retreat. The band had a lock-in and the Jazz Band will be goi...

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