West Side Stories


Singers Heard Around the World

October 23, 2018

When you think of the biggest names in American music, you probably think of Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, or Shawn Mendes. But travel halfway arou...

Screaming in the Cul de Sac

Screaming in the Cul de Sac

June 13, 2018

Wauwatosa West students Kyle Cvecko, James Lynch and their band “Screaming in the Cul-de-sac” is one of 12 bands to compete in the 14th annual Rockonsin competition during Su...

TW Band Concert Showcases Broadway Tunes

TW Band Concert Showcases Broadway Tunes

May 14, 2018

Wicked, Hamilton, and many more Broadway show tunes will be performed by the Wauwatosa West Concert Band on May 15th at Wauwatosa West at 7:00 PM.   “My favorite song we play is Jacklyn &...

Headphones Review

January 16, 2013

The quality of music is very important to people, and with large record sales from Monster’s ever popular Beats it’s obvious that consumers spend a lot on their headphones. Over hyped or over priced, new headphones try to compete every year trying to be the best. West Side Stories breaks down the best headphones for you. 1) Solo Beats By Dre (by monster) Description: The Solo Beats are solid, built, ...

Annual Kinderkonzert Engages Young and Old Children in Holiday Spirit

December 22, 2012

Children attending the annual Wauwatosa West Kinderkonzert have a full holiday experience.  Children listen to stories, visit a variety of arts and crafts stations, handle and play a wide variety of instruments, listening to the Wauwatosa West Orchestra play Christmas songs and, of course, have a chance to visit with the big man himself - Santa Claus. Wauwatosa West Special Education teacher Janet...

Wauwatosa West Band Plays Mannheim Steamroller for Rock n’ Roll Holiday Concert

December 18, 2012

The Wauwatosa West Concert band is bringing some new friends home for the holidays to help them perform at their annual holiday concert.  The regular orchestra will be joined by two drummers, two synthesizers, a bass guitar, a full laser light show and a variety of stage effects. “We will become the worlds largest rock band for a night” said band conductor Guy Kammerer. The Wauwatosa West Concert...

Rising To The Top and ‘Making it Stop’

July 3, 2012

Formed in Chicago, IL, Rise Against has been rising to the top since 1999. The members of Rise Against have been making music for 12 years, and have created 6 albums, 15 music videos and have undergone countless tours. Their tour this past summer hit our very own Summer Fest. Maybe you were there to see them; then again, you might not have even realized they were here. They are touring now, but ...

The All American Rejects Are Back!

April 4, 2012

Our Rejects... They told us "When you see my face, hope it gives you hell".... That "I'll keep you my dirty little secret"... That they "Swing, Swing from the tangles of my heart is crushed by a former love"... Because "When darkness turns to light,It ends tonight, it ends tonight".... But far more recently talking about a "Beekeepers's Daughter"... The All-American Rejects or “Rejects” include t...

West Orchestra Performance

January 8, 2012

On December 22nd, Wauwatosa West's Orchestra, conducted by David Topolovec, performed several seasonal pieces during homeroom for the whole school. He was accompanied by West's chorus, led by Jason Meissner, and several members of the band, led by Guy Kammerer.

Top 10 Albums of 2011

December 16, 2011

Chalk Artist: Andy Hanson Photographer: Sarah Otto West Side Stories guest writer Anthony Clayton used his knowledge of 2011 music to determine which albums are the year's best. Here is the full list of his preferences. 1. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes: 2011 was generally a bad year for music; not many albums that came out seemed satisfying. Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues came along mid-way through the year, and it was much needed. With its lush...

Album Review: Substantial and Marcus D are Bop Alloy

February 4, 2011

Music, like most forms of art, can always benefit from something different. This holds particularly true to Hip-Hop where most new albums feel like a rehash of what everyone has already heard before. However, in 2010 listeners were exposed to “Substantial and Marcus D are Bob Alloy”, the first studio release from the duo of the same name. Combining jazzy beats with solid rhymes this duo will defi...

The Revival Takes Flight

August 18, 2010

Woodstock + T-Dub = Westock. Westock + Rachel Lococo, Dylan Jenkins, Aaron Blazich, and Steve Watson = the Westock Revival. This year, Wauwatosa West hosted a band showcase commonly referred to as “Westock” by students, teachers, and T-Dub alumni. Only for this year’s Westock, the regular show was tweaked to fit a new generation of Trojans, making Westock 2.0 or “The Revival.” With all of...

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