IN 2016, WHEN TYLER RUTHEMEYER WAS A SENIOR AT THE LUTHERAN SOUTH ACADEMY, THE RACE STARTED.
It started with his class and hasn’t slowed down since.
The 2016 graduate is now back at LSA to lead the Pioneer Band program, which includes grade four through grade 12, and will attempt to guide him to his sixth TAPPS State Championship in seven years.
âThings have certainly changed since I left, but not at all in a bad way,â said Ruthemeyer, who recalls playing the NFL theme song on Fox on Friday night. “I can’t wait to come back and try to carry on the legacy of great music and great bands.”
As the LSA group program comes under new management, it will look to hang another banner on the wall inside the group room. It would be his first as a group manager, but his second overall.
“I hope the sooner the later,” said Ruthemeyer, laughing at the prospect of winning another title. “We’ll just have to see how things fit together. I would love to (hang a banner), but the priority is music. Music first.”
After graduating from LSA, Ruthemeyer, who played saxophone and bassoon in high school, attended Concordia University in Chicago.
When he was looking for that first job LSA was open and now he’s back home.
âIt’s a lot of new stuff, there are great expectations,â said Ruthemeyer, who will also be teaching a theology class. “It would be a real shame if the tendency to win stopped with me. So I’m very nervous but excited.”
LSA took second on Monday at the TAPPS Tier 3 Drumline Championship in Waco.
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