All ten bands from Coppell ISD high school and middle schools received First Division ratings in this spring’s UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests for a total of 60 First Division ratings.
Additionally, the Coppell High School band continued a 22-year tradition by earning a Sweepstakes Award for receiving First Division ratings in Marching as well as Concert and Sightreading for the 2013-2014 school year. All four concert bands from CHS received First Divisions from all 24 judges.
CISD Director of Instrumental Music Scott Mason attributes the long-standing success of Coppell bands to hard work and determination of the students. “We are fortunate to have so many talented and hardworking students here in Coppell,” said Mason. “We also have one of the best private lesson staffs in the entire state… or nation for that matter.
The CHS and Coppell middle school bands present their final spring concerts in May. For more information, go to the calendar section of the CHS band website at www.chsbandboosters.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 13:50
After a rigorous audition process, the Coppell High School Band announced the three drum majors chosen to lead the award-winning band for the 2014-2015 school year.
Omar Elmougy, who served as junior assistant drum major in 2013-2014, leads the band as head drum major. Hannah Thorp, who led the clarinet section this year is named senior assistant drum major. Jay Harrison is named junior assistant drum major.
Elmougy will be a senior in the fall. He said that while he knows he has “big shoes to fill,” he couldn’t be more excited and looks forward to the upcoming school year. “Coming off an extremely successful year, we have a better chance than ever to become State Marching Champions, which is our goal for next season,” said Elmougy. “We’re very eager to get marching season started again.”
Elmougy, son of Patricia and Mohamed Elmougy, is no stranger to success. In the spring of 2013, he was awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Texas State Solo Competition. He consistently receives first division ratings at regional and state level solo competitions. Elmougy led the tuba section as squad leader during his sophomore year and has been a member of the CHS Honor Band since he was a sophomore.
Like Elmougy, Thorp was awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award in 2013 and she consistently receives first division ratings in state solo contests. Thorp, the daughter of Barbie and Darin Thorp, has dreamed of being a drum major for years. “Since my freshman year I have imagined myself up on the podium leading the band,” said Thorp. “Now that I am finally here, it feels like a dream come true.”
Thorp also envisions a winning year for the band at competitions. “I am looking forward to meeting all the new incoming freshmen and working with the band to make this year a State Marching Band Championship year,” she said. “My biggest goal for this year is to have the band give 110% of their focus and effort at all of the rehearsals so that our State Marching Band performance is not only the best performance we’ve ever given but also an award-winning performance.”
Harrison, son of Lori and James Harrison, echoed the senior drum majors’ desire to excel at next season’s marching competitions. “One of my biggest goals this year will be to see everyone who is a part of the CHS Band give everything they have for the success of our organization in order to become State Marching Champions,” said Harrison. “I have seen what our band can achieve when they give it their all.” Like his fellow drum majors, Harrison receives consistent division one ratings at solo competitions and is a current member of the Honor Band. He is a former member of the Coppell cross-country varsity team placing eighth overall in the district competition for the 2013-2014 season.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:56
The Coppell High School Winter Guard competed in the North Texas Color Guard Association Championships on March 29 held at South Grand Prairie High School. The team of 16 girls edged out squads from 13 other area high schools to place sixth in their division.
Continuing their success on an individual basis, eight members performed in the North Texas Color Guard Association Solo & Ensemble Contest at Summit High School on April 12. All eight of the CHS contestants received a Division One rating.
The winter guard is part of the award-winning Coppell High School band and color guard program. The CHS color guard is holding a tryout camp Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30 at Coppell High School. During this after-school clinic, candidates are taught a short routine and some dance basics on which they will be judged. CISD students in grades 8 - 11 may try out for the color guard. Auditions are Thursday, May 1.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:26
Some 200 members of the Coppell High School Band performed at Boston’s famed Symphony Hall during Spring Break.
Built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark, Symphony Hall “is one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world to perform in,” said CISD Director of Instrumental Music Scott Mason.
Students also toured many of the area’s historical sites—Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, Cambridge, Harvard, the Boston Freedom Trail, Salem, the resting places of American patriots Paul Revere and John Hancock, the Boston Art Museum and a special cruise on the Boston Harbor.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:18
As the Olympic games in Russia were winding down and final medal counts tallied, the Coppell High School Band students racked up hundreds of gold medals of their own in the 2014 UIL Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest held in Coppell on February 22.
More than 1400 students from more than 20 high schools across the Metroplex competed in the contest. Coppell students earned a total of 222 Gold First Division Medals and 169 of those students qualified to move on to the State Solo Contest in Austin this May.
“This contest is one of the most important events of the year for our students,” said Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “Our students are so successful because we place a great deal of emphasis on the contest and their musicianship improves from the practice, study and performance of a solo.”
These musical skills will come in handy for the State Solo Contest and as the band travels to Boston during Spring Break to perform at the Boston Symphony Hall.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:15
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