Record Number of CHS Band Students Qualify for State Solo Contest

2015 state_solo_bound230 Coppell High School Band students received a first division rating at the UIL Texas State Solo Contest preliminary round held at Coppell High School on February 21, 2015, of which 204 qualified for the upcoming final Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest to be held in May. (To qualify for the state contest the instrumentalist must play the piece by memory.) “This is a record number for Coppell as well as the State of Texas, and I am so excited to announce these results,” stated Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “This is the most number of students that any school band, choir or orchestra in the State of Texas has ever had qualify for the UIL Texas State Solo Contest. We are making history here.”

The CHS Band, which has 350 members, has consistently brought more students to the solo contest than any other school in the state for the last 15 years. This year 280 Coppell students participated. In 2014, 200 participated and 152 qualified for the state solo contest. “The annual state solo contest is an important component of our music curriculum,” said Mason. “I am amazed by our students. I want to acknowledge their tremendous work and thank all of the parents for allowing their child to be a part of the Coppell band program.”

The UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest for 5A and 6A (all events except percussion) will be held May 29 & 30, 2015 (Friday/Saturday) at The University of Texas at Austin. The UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest for 5A and 6A Percussion will be held Memorial Day weekend May 23 & 25, 2015 (Saturday/Monday) at Connally High School in Pflugerville ISD.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 05:54


Guard Places Third at NTCA Contest

2015 flowermound_guardThe Coppell High School Color Guard has been very busy this spring. They have taken their show, “Within These Walls”, to multiple competition venues, most recently competing in the North Texas Colorguard Association Guard Contest at Flower Mound High School on March 21st, where they placed 3rd in the National A division. “Because we performed so well at the national conference in Austin, the local circuit bumped us up from the Scholastic A class to the National A class,” explained Daylen Rivera, CHS Head Color Guard Director. “Now we are performing with the highest ranked varsity teams in our area. It was nice to be in a higher level and still medal at the NTCA Guard Contest in Flower Mound.”

Prior to the Flower Mound performance, Coppell competed in the Winter Guard International Southwestern CG Championship on March 14th at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton, where they scored high in the preliminary round but fell just shy of the finals cutoff. “Our girls have come so far,” said Rivera. “They are such a young group and for many, this is their first time to compete on a winter guard floor. Plus, in Denton the girls were competing against the top schools across the Southwest. It’s great to see their hard work pay off.”

The show, “Within These Walls”, is choreographed to music by Liz Longley and it is about reminiscing about childhood memories. “This is my second year of color guard,” said Alexandria-Elizabeth Eason, sophomore squad member. “I have had a lot of fun. The work has been challenging but Mr. Rivera has been very patient with us. I feel like we are going to go places. We have so much potential.”

The Coppell Color Guard heads next to the North Texas Colorguard Assocation A/IW Championships, Guard National A Class, on April 11, 2015 at Birdville High School, Thomas Coliseum, located at 6108 Broadway Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76117.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 05:49


CHS Band Plans Trip to London in March 2016

2015 london_announceThe Coppell High School Band is buzzing about their invitation to march in the 15th annual London St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 13, 2016 and perform in concert at Westminster’s Great Hall. Plans are already underway to attend these events as well as tour some of London’s best attractions.

During the CHS Band Boosters meeting on March 17, Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt proclaimed March 17, 2015 to be Coppell High School Band Day in the City of Coppell, urging residents to encourage and support the students as they prepare over the next year for the trip. The proclamation also recognized the accomplishments and talents of the high school band members and the City’s appreciation of each student as they represent Coppell and the State of Texas.

“I am very excited to be a part of the CHS Band’s big celebration and their plans for this time next year,” stated Mayor Hunt. “It is truly an honor to have the CHS Band represent the City of Coppell.” Scott Mason, Director of Instrumental Music for Coppell ISD, added “This is a trip of a lifetime. London is an unbelievable city and the students will remember this for the rest of their lives.”

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 05:36


CHS Color Guard Advances to WGI Southwestern Championship

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On Saturday, February 23rd, the Coppell High School Color Guard competed in the Winter Guard International Austin CG Regional event, placing 13th overall in the Scholastic A finals competition. As a result, CHS advances to the Southwestern CG Championship prelims which will be held on Saturday, March 14, at the University of North Texas in Denton.

32 Texas high schools competed at the Austin CG Regional Scholastic A contest. “There was significant competition at this event,” said Daylen Rivera, CHS Head Color Guard Director. “Some of the best high schools are competing in this circuit so it is awesome that we were one of the top 15 finalists. We were very happy with our prelim performance, and we had a good solid finals run. We are excited to go to the Southwestern Championship.”

The Austin CG Regional was preceded by the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Guard Contest held at Aledo High School on January 31. At the Aledo event, CHS finished first in Round 1, and first overall in the Scholastic A class. “Our girls are all freshmen and sophomores. They performed extremely well for such a young group,” said Rivera. “The team has been rehearsing this program since the end of November and they have worked incredibly hard.”

This year’s show, entitled “Within These Walls”, is choreographed to music by Liz Longley. “It is a very personal performance for the girls,” explained Rivera. “It is about reminiscing about childhood memories and there is an emotional connection for them.” Isabella Cantu, freshman squad member, added, “This is my first year in the CHS Color Guard. I got into it not knowing that I’d fall absolutely in love with it. Now it is my sport. It’s my life.”

The CHS Color Guard will compete at the Winter Guard International Southwestern CG Championship on March 14 at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton, Texas. CHS is scheduled to perform at 10:40 a.m. in the Scholastic A Round 1 prelims. Finals will be held on Sunday, March 15.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 05:33


2015 Brick and Tile Fundraiser

Recognize your student and help raise money for the band!

A custom brick (4" x 8") is only $50. A custom tile (12" x 12") is $200. Check out the logos you can include in your design. Space on the sidewalk outside the band hall is limited and all orders must be submitted by June 3, 2015 -- order now!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 21:41


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