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Hip Hop guest artist Joshua Holmgren rehearsing with SLPHS band students

Just days away from the Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) R&B Hip Hop Revue Band Showcase Concert, high school bands and jazz ensembles and guest artists from the Minneapolis’ Hip Hop industry have been hard at work rehearsing to create a unique and powerful concert.

SLPHS band students will be joined by guest artists Ashley DuBose, Cameron Kinghorn, members from the Slo Dance Company and Joshua Holmgren, an SLP alum who has arranged the music for the concert and is producing the overall performance.

“Working with Joshua Holmgren, as a producer and musician in the Twin Cities, has allowed each student to find their voice in this particular concert,” said SLPHS band teacher Nora Tycast. “He has given so many students an opportunity to explore this music in such a powerful and meaningful way.”

This concert came to fruition after students expressed a desire to have a more modern Showcase Concert and learn how to play a different style of music.

I think it is extremely powerful for our students to see Hip Hop music being held up to other art forms. It is one of the most popular forms of music in the U.S. and until now, it has not had a place for performance or exploration in the concert band setting. SLPHS band teacher Brian Lukkasson

While rehearsing, Holmgren took a moment to give the students some inspiration for the big night, saying “The moment when we all come together on stage, there’s nothing like that. All of this hard work we are putting in is leading up to that moment, so continue putting in the work, and most of all, enjoy it.”

The Showcase Concert will take place Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center, 1100 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Check out a sneak peek of the Showcase Concert

Learn more about the guest artists

Ashley DuBose

Ashley DuBose is a recording artist, writer and performer from the Twin Cities. Ashley is best known for her hit single “Intoxicated” off her second studio album “Be You” and for her participation in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. In addition to parenting, writing and performing, Ashley has done work in the schools as a music instructor for Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project and ANEW BAM - music programs designed to empower youth through music and the arts. She is determined to be an example to her daughter that when you fuel a dream with heart and action, that dream will, in time, become reality. For music, upcoming performances and to connect with Ashley, visit www.ashleydubose.com.

Joshua Holmgren

Joshua Holmgren is a producer, composer, arranger and SLP alumni, Class of ’06. After studying music at Augsburg, Joshua worked and performed as musical director for artists, including More Than Lights, Jordis Unga, Carnage and Nightlights, while also acting as horn director for Viva Knievel. Earlier this year, Joshua wrote and produced the music for artist Throw the House’s debut album and is looking forward to producing more artists this upcoming year.

Cameron Kinghorn

Cameron Kinghorn is a recording artist, writer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. Along with being well known as lead vocalist for Twin Cities-based soul/horn group Nooky Jones, Cameron shares his talents working with a variety of other artists including Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, The New Standards and the New Power Generation. Stay tuned for Cameron’s upcoming project with Joe Paris and King Pari, which will be released later this year.

Slo Dance Company

Slo Dance Company is a Minneapolis-based dance project founded by Artistic Director Laura Osterhaus in 2018. The company develops artistic work by building meaningful relationships through movement and mindfulness. Osterhaus was a former company member of the now-closed Zenon Dance Company and continues to make and perform in projects throughout the Twin Cities and U.S. Joining her for this project are Desaré Cox (performer in Walker Momentum New Dance Works and upcoming feature in Rooted at the Ordway) and Emilia Bruno (also a former Zenon Dance Company member, current Shapiro & Smith Dance Company member and performing with Jagged Moves). 

Guest artists rehearsing with the SLPHS band for the Showcase Concert
Joshua Holmgren rehearsing with the SLPHS band
A SLPHS playing the flute