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Q and A with the leaders of orchestra, band, and choir

Nathan Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2020

Orchestra Q: What do you do as concertmaster? A: I’m a concertmaster for Orchestra, which means I lead people, especially in the section I’m in. After we start on a song, it’s up to me to decide what spots need tweaking and who gets solos. Q: Anything noteworthy happen so far this year? A: N...

Pride, prejudice, and playing oboe

Lilianne Harris, Beat Editor

January 21, 2020

Pride and Prejudice is normally not thought of as a musical, but to oboist Sam Sieler, it couldn’t be anything but. In order to understand why Pride and Prejudice has music, it’s important to look at who exactly is playing it, and why they were chosen. “Oboe is an instrument of the early 19th...

Holiday music for everyone

Nathan Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2020

You’ve heard “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Christmas songs are universal, penetrating all aspects of life. But what about songs for other holidays? You might’ve heard “I Had a Little Dreidel”, but that’s most likely the extent of your non-Christmas holiday song knowledge. Below are two non-Christmas holiday tracks that are worth the listen.

Back in The Black Parade

Lilianne Harris, Beat Editor

January 21, 2020

When My Chemical Romance disbanded in 2013, some said that emo rock had fallen from into irrelevancy. Now that the band has announced their return, I believe it fair to look back at their magnum opus and see whether or not it holds up today. Released in 2006, The Black Parade is a rock opera following...

Wacky and wild internet music genres

Nathan Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2020

There are as many genres of music as there are songs. And like songs, there are niche ones that at first sound weird, but only get better. Here are three genres you may or may not have heard of, but should check out nonetheless.

Indie-pendence: Logan Manning’s “California”

Lili Harris, Beat Editor

October 13, 2019

When you think of high school musicians, you probably think either of band kids or the enduring “SoundCloud rapper” stereotype. Senior Logan Manning is neither of these, and yet, he got a song released on Apple Music. Called “California,” the song is reminiscent of early Ed Sheeran (think “The...

Study harder, better, faster, and stronger

Lili Harris, Beat Editor

October 12, 2019

Studying is, more often than not, a fairly boring task despite its importance. Most people like to listen to something while studying, but not every piece of media is created equal—it’s common knowledge that listening to podcasts or something with lyrics are significantly more distracting than instrumental music. Therefore, here are the Beat’s four best genres for studying:

Battle of the Bands was cancelled… and it’s your fault

June 7, 2019

Here’s a riddle: five bands signed up to audition, yet none did. What event was canceled? As you probably guessed from reading the headline and not going to the event on May 17th, Battle of the Bands was canceled this year due to a lack of interest. “It’s a shame, because students don’t get many opp...

Your music taste, your choice

Krista Kroiss, Beat Editor

May 16, 2019

If you ever see me sitting in the corner with my headphones in, I’m probably listening to classic rock. I’ve found my heart drawn to the distorted guitar of Led Zeppelin and the soulful harmonies of Queen. But recently I’ve started expanding out to genres such as jazz and blues, and finding the...

Jonas Brothers: then vs. now

Lilianne Harris, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Kyler Granados: the only non-band kid in Jazz Band

Krista Kroiss, Beat Editor

April 9, 2019

Currently, junior Kyler Granados plays piano and percussion in Liberty’s Jazz Band. However, unlike his classmates, Granados has spend has spent his years at Liberty in Liberty Singers and Jazz Choir—not band.

Bohemian Rhapsody: a film with many flaws

Krista Kroiss, Beat Editor

December 23, 2018

After the limitless commercials end and the lights go out, the first thing you see is Freddie Mercury navigating his way to the stage at the historic Live Aid concert, the roar of the audience in the background. This is where I get the chills. Bohemian Rhapsody is based on the true story of Queen,...

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