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The orchestra in the lime light

Miles Constantino ’25
The Grosse Pointe South Full Orchestra rehearses the fourth movement of Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major in preparation for their spring concert and senior showcases on May 21.

James Gross has led and run The Orchestra at South for over a decade, and he could not be any prouder of his students who have stuck to learning such a complicated yet beautiful skill as he once did.

“I started on violin as a youngster in the Suzuki Method after hearing a Sunday School classmate play her violin in 1975,” Gross said.

And yet, as the school year comes to a close like it tends to do, an entire new class of students will once again emerge. Fourth-year students like Brenna Goodman, who has played the violin since 5th grade, are now transitioning into adulthood and, like many others, is ready to march to her own rhythm.

But of course, not leaving without a bang. “Both the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra earned Division I Superior ratings at MSBOA District XVI Band & Orchestra Festival on Friday, Mar. 1 at Saint Clair Shores Lakeview High School,” Gross said.

Goodman is looking forward to and has been preparing along with the rest of the orchestra for their upcoming South String Concert and showcase that will take place at Brownell on March 22nd.

“What’s nice is that the rehearsals are in one class period of the day,” Goodman said. “At this time of the year, we are getting music ready for our Spring concert in May.”

Goodman says with performances like a State Solo rehearsals do begin to pick up especially at this time.

“As for next year I would love to join an orchestra at the college I will decide to go to,” Goodman said. “I think it would be great to keep playing in an orchestra.”

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Layla Demir '24
Layla Demir '24, Staff Writer
Layla Demir ’24 has always had a passion for the creative side of things. She is eager to step outside the box, and being a staff writer on Tower allows her to do this often. “You have to deal with a lot of the controversial stories,” Demir said. “It'll be a learning curve for me, but it will be fun and challenging.” Demir is a strong leader both in and out of the classroom. With being a full-time waitress at Andiamos, Demir has a very busy schedule. Nevertheless, she always puts in 100 percent effort and is a huge help to her peers. “We have a great newspaper here at South, and I think it's something really special to be a part of,” Demir said.
Miles Constantino ’25
Miles Constantino ’25, Staff Writer
If anyone knows music, it's Miles Constantino “25. Composing in his spare time, Constantino takes to the stage with his pop music inspired by Imagine Dragons and Macklemore. But his talent doesn't stop in the writers room, it extends to his performance as well in both guitar and viola. Constantino also actively works towards sharpening his intellectual prowess, co-running the Chess Club, taking his love of the clever game a step further. Constantino is already strategizing on how to better the state of journalism during his first year on The Tower Newspaper. “In the (past few) years, I’ve noticed that journalism is really poor,” said Constantino. “There’s a lot of ways you can interpret something in a specific way to alter the story without directly misleading people.”

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