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Student trio shares West Michigan experiences through a distinct sound

GVL/Courtesy - Hannah Mico The Cardboard Swords performing in their hometown of Grand Rapids.

Student trio shares West Michigan experiences through a distinct sound


By CENIQUE YELDELL Published 07/06/14 10:59am

For The Cardboard Swords, creating music that is authentic and expresses their experiences is the only way to go“ The response that we get from people that love our music is the type of recognition I look for; it feels good when your music connects with people,” said Tyler DeCoeur, the vocalist and guitar player of the group.


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Sound the horns

Sound the horns

The sirens will call out this July to signal the start of the 10th annual Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar. From July 20 – 27 some of the best trumpet players in the world will converge on the Grand Valley campus to take part in a weeklong exercise with high school and college-level musicians learning from the field’s top performers. The event attracts students from around the country and around the world in order to participate in a dialogue that will help them cultivate their talents.

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Lakers look toward Los Angeles

Lakers look toward Los Angeles

While this local jazz quartet has only been together for a little over a year, Brad Fritcher + trois has performed in places such as Detroit, Chicago and Flint.

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Things to do at GVSU in May

Things to do at GVSU in May

Though the vast majority of Grand Valley State University students have headed home for the summer, there is still plenty to do around and on GVSU’s campus this month. Here are just a few ideas of things to do in May to make sure the summer starts off with a little fun.
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Concert shows that GVSU is a little bit country

Concert shows that GVSU is a little bit country

“Are there any country music fans in the house tonight?” An eruption of ear-piercing screams from Grand Valley State University students, community members and B-93.7 listeners answered the question posed by country musician Sam Hunt. Yes, there were country music fans in the GVSU Fieldhouse.
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The best pizza in town

On April 7, the Niemeyer Honors College multipurpose room was full of a smell near and dear to all college students’ hearts: pizza.
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Campus Ministry raises money for clean water charity

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill many people around the world every year, but the nonprofit organization Charity Water is helping combat this issue, and Grand Valley State University’s Campus Ministry has paired up with them to do so.
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Celebrating, remembering, fighting

Celebrating, remembering, fighting

More than 1,300 members of the Grand Valley State University community joined together to raise about $72,000 for the American Cancer Society during this year’s Relay for Life.
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