Northeast Middle School Bands

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"If you want to be different from anybody else, do what other people don't want to do: practice."
- Wynton Marsalis
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Mike Steep
(314) 415-7140

  Mr. Steep is in his twelfth year of teaching band and his tenth year at Parkway Northeast Middle School. Prior to teaching at Northeast, he was the assistant band director at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District. His responsibilities at NEMS include teaching 6th grade clarinet, trumpet, and trombone, the 7th and 8th grade bands, and the after-school NEMS Jazz Ensemble.

Mr. Steep
holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO where he was a member of the 300 member "Pride" Marching Band, University Jazz Ensemble, and University Wind Ensemble, all of which performed at nationally recognized events.

Mr. Steep recently graduated with his Masters Degree in School Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.
 His wife, Erin, is an Assistant Principal at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, and they have two young sons, Jack and Nick.
Andrew LaRose
(314) 415-5624

Mr. LaRose is in his thirteenth year of teaching at Parkway North High School. His teaching responsibilities include teaching at both North High School and Northeast Middle school, where he teaches 6th grade flute and percussion. Mr. LaRose teaches a variety of classes at the high school level including band, percussion and guitar.

Along with Mr. Linn he directs the Parkway North Marching Viking Band, Pep Band and various percussion ensembles.

Mr. LaRose is married to wife Gina and together are raising three crazy little boys, Colten, August, and Crosby.

Mark Linn
(314) 415-5624

Mr. Linn is in his twenty sixth year teaching at Parkway North High School. His teaching responsibilities are, along with Mr. LaRose include Symphonic, Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands. Mr. Linn also teaches Piano I and II, as well as teaching several beginning band classes at Northeast Middle School. 

Mr. Linn received a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where he won the prestigious Concerto Aria Award.  Linn went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming. 

He has taught and adjudicated at all levels from elementary to collegiate in Missouri, Wyoming and Colorado. Mr. Linn was principal horn for the Kirkwood, Clayton and St. Louis Civic Orchestras from 1995 – 2009 before joining the Town and Country Symphony in 2010. 

Linn is married to pianist and composer Jennifer Linn and has two wonderful adult children, Andrew and Meaghan.