Five drum majors have been named to lead the 370-member Coppell High School Band during the 2015-2016 school year.
Senior Jay Harrison will lead the group as Head Drum Major. Seniors Ryan Cole and Andrew Weaver will serve as Associate Drum Majors, and Juniors Sam Wang and Rishav Rout will serve as Assistant Drum Majors.
“Being selected into the Head Drum Major position means so much to me”, said Harrison, who plays baritone saxophone, and is the son of Lori and Jim Harrison, “and I am honored to be chosen to continue the traditions”. Having served as a drum major last year, he acknowledges: “I know coming into this year will be a lot of demanding work, but having seen the end result last year, I couldn't be more excited to do it one last time”.
“Coppell has an incredibly impressive band program”, says Cole, son of Elisabeth and Daron Cole, “and to be one of the heads is a bit overwhelming, but I'm looking forward to the year, and to the show”. Cole plays french horn, and looks forward to “hearing the brass from right in front of the band”. He explains further, “We're known for our brass at marching contests, and hearing the band play from the podium will sound very impressive, I think”.
Weaver, son of Karen and Craig Weaver, revealed that he is “looking forward to getting to work with the full band starting with Summer Band Camp in August”. The full band practices for many hours twice a day, starting at the beginning of August, to ensure the high standards of the Coppell High School Marching Band will be evident when they take the field and perform for an audience.
Sam Wang, son of Richard and Caroline Wang, plays clarinet in the CHS Band, as well as piano, guitar and ukulele in his spare time, and recounts that “being drum major has been my goal ever since middle school”. He is excited and honored to be selected for the position, as is Rishav Rout, who plays trombone, and is the son of Ranjan and Nikki Rout.
All five drum majors have high expectations for the success of the band, and the performance of the members. Head drum major Harrison asserts that “My goal for the year is to get everyone in the entire organization to give everything they have.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 05:04
Over two weekends in May, 178 members of the Coppell High School Band travelled to Austin to compete in the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. The Coppell High School Band brought home a very impressive 61 First division gold medals and 68 Second division silver medals for a combined 129 medals for Coppell, and had three times the number of students participating than any other band in the state. To qualify for the contest, the students received first division rankings on their pieces at the UIL Regional Solo Contest.
At the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest, held at the University of Texas at Austin, 14 Coppell students were awarded “Outstanding Soloist” by their judge which is the highest musical honor a musician can achieve in our state. They are: Annabelle Kim on Flute; Madelyn Baker on Flute; Ludia Hong on Flute; Aditya More on Clarinet; Hannah Thorp on Clarinet; Claire Jordan on Bass Clarinet; Giselle Peng on Bassoon; Christopher Stubblefield on Trumpet; Joseph Yamouni on French Horn; John Bishop on Percussion; Alex Johnson on Percussion; Taeeun Kim on Percussion; Alex Copple on Percussion; and Lauren Villanueva on Percussion. Congratulations to all these students for representing their school and community as UIL State Champions.
Fourteen is the highest number of Outstanding Soloists in the history of Coppell High School, and is more than any other band program in Texas.
There is an upcoming opportunity to hear many of these talented students play at the Coppell Farmers Market on Saturday June 27th, from 8:00A.M. until noon. The band is selling tickets for prize drawings, and will play songs from their selections for donations.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 18:06
At the 6A University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contest held on April 14th – 16th, Coppell High School received First Division (superior) ratings for all five of its varsity and non-varsity bands in Concert, and First Division ratings in Sight Reading for four of its bands. The First Division Concert and Sight Reading ratings, combined with Coppell’s First Division Marching rating from last fall, garnered Coppell the coveted UIL Sweepstakes Award in 2015. “This is the 23rd consecutive year that Coppell has won the UIL Sweepstakes Award for outstanding achievement,” said Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “All of our bands did an amazing job in their performances throughout the year.”
In the Concert portion of the UIL competition, each band performed three selections. The bands then moved to the Sight Reading portion where they prepped and performed a completely unfamiliar piece of music within a specified number of minutes. “Coppell is one of the few programs in the state that begins preparing for this UIL competition at the beginning of March”, said Mason. “Most bands start practicing in December or January, and some begin as early as August. I am impressed by our learners and their ability to play difficult pieces so well, in such a short amount of time. I am fortunate to work with such talented young musicians.”
The Coppell High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Honor Band presented a Pre-UIL Concert on March 26th as a warm-up for the April UIL contest held at Duncanville High School. The bands will gather on stage again May 21st for the Spring Concert. Additionally the students will focus on the upcoming solo contests which include the Coppell Solo Contest on May 9th, and the UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest on May 23/25 (percussion) and May 29/30 (all other instruments) in Austin.
The Coppell High School Band is led by Director Scott Mason, as well as Doug Grice, Associate Director, Brandon Slovak, Assistant Director, Zach Scheer, Director of Percussion and David Marchuk, Assistant Percussion Director.
The Coppell High School Color Guard wrapped up the 2015 winter guard group competitions with a 5th place finish in the Guard National A Class, Round 1, at the North Texas Colorguard Association A/IW Championships, which were held on April 11th at Birdville High School. “We had our best run-through at this event,” said Daylen Rivera, CHS Head Color Guard Director. “It was a good note to end on.”
Coppell had a strong season, resulting in multiple medals and a bump up from the Scholastic A class to the National A class by the North Texas Colorguard Association. “I am blown away by how far our students have grown as performers and as young ladies,” said Rivera. “They handled themselves so maturely, and they stood out. It was great to watch.” This year’s sixteen-member team was comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores. “The future is bright for the Coppell Color Guard program. If we have this much talent this young, we can only go up from here. I am very, very excited.”
This year’s show “Within These Walls,” was choreographed to Liz Longley’s song, “Little White House”. It was about reminiscing about childhood memories and the music and words evoked a personal connection for the girls. For Christina Davidson, sophomore Lieutenant Captain, it meant performing together like a family. “Color Guard is the best sport. I love that we are all different and have different interests, but when we are on that floor, we are one team, one heart, one flag, one rifle, one sabre.”
Parent Debbie Eason summed the year up: “It has been a phenomenal adventure. The girls came a long way from day one. They worked so hard. They put their heart and soul into it and rose above everyone’s expectations, more than we ever thought. Beyond the scores, the teamwork and energy was amazing.”
The Coppell Color Guard will now focus on individual performances as they prepare for the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Solo/Ensemble Championships, which will be held on May 2nd at Summit High School, 1071 W Turner Warnell Road, Arlington. Students who achieve a rating of 90 or higher at the S/E Championships will advance to the NTCA All-Star Competition on May 9th at Red Oak High School.
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