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 Tuesday, 04 March 2014 19:42
Seventeen Coppell High School Band students earned spots in the 5A Texas All-State Band and will perform at the nation’s largest music educators’ convention, the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention on Feb. 15 in San Antonio.
Performing in the All-State Band is the goal of more than 50,000 students across the state who have vied for the honor since last fall. The process for selection comes through a series of arduous auditions pitting the students against top musicians from some 20 5A high schools in the Dallas area. Coppell High School earned more spots in the 300-member All-State Band than any other school in the Area Auditions.
Senior and two-time All-Stater Joey Pye is pleased to be part of the tradition of excellence that is a hallmark of the CHS band program. “Every year, Coppell Band has the most All-Staters,” said Pye. “And I’m really proud to be a part of that. Everyone who made it, and many who didn't, has practiced for hundreds of hours, so it's a huge relief to know that the hard work paid off.”
While the path to being selected into the All-State band is difficult, three-time All-Stater and Senior Brandy Sun treasures the end result. “Being able to spend a couple of days with some of the most talented musicians in the country is one of the biggest highlights of my high school experience,” she said. “There’s nothing better than knowing you’re spending your day with people who love music as much as you do.”
The rest of the CHS students selected for All-State are Gregory Blazek, Jason Fang (3rd year to make All-State), Nicholas Fang (1st Alto), Daniel Gray, Ludia Hong, Benson Huang (2nd year to make All-State), Annabelle Kim (2nd year to make All-State), Brady Knippa (1st Percussion), Lauren LaChapelle, Rohan Panaparambil, Paige Solano, Christopher Stubblefield (1st Trumpet), Hannah Thorp (2nd year to make All-State) and Terrence Yi.
Back row: Brady Knippa, Benson Huang, Terrence Yi, Nicholas Fang, Gregory Blazek
Middle row: Paige Solano, Christopher Stubblefield, Brandy Sun, Daniel Gray, Joey Pye, Jason Fang
Front row: Annabelle Kim, Ludia Hong, Hannah Thorp, Maddi Zill, Lauren LaChapelle
Not Pictured: Rohan Panaparambil
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 February 2014 06:37
The Coppell High School marching band continued its support for the football team as the Coppell Cowboys and the DeSoto Eagles met in a playoff game November 23 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
During halftime the band performed a Western-themed program with songs from “The Magnificent Seven” and “Silverado” while transitioning in and out of formations including a Texas star, a horseshoe and a giant cowboy with a lasso. They concluded their halftime show with a rousing performance of the CHS fight song in the formation of the words "Coppell Cowboys."
This was the last performance of a very successful season for the marching band.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 13:02
All-Region Orchestra More than 400 students auditioned for only 35 spots in the 2013 All-Region Orchestra Wind and Percussion sections.
Coppell High School band students filled 17 of these positions and performed with the Orchestra on November 23, 2013 at Nimitz High School in Irving.
CHS Students chosen for the Orchestra are pictured at right:
Top row (left to right): Brady Knippa, Sydney Owens, Terrence Yi, Angel Roman, Joey Pye, Paige Solano, Gregory Blazek
Middle row (left to right): Albert Park, Garrett Holmes, Alisha Punjwani, Jason Fang, Christiana Haas, Giselle Peng
Front row (left to right): Alison Zill, Annabelle Kim, Brandy Sun, Benson Huang, Hannah Thorp
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 12:51
The CHS Marching Band surpassed its own impressive record earning the “Outstanding Music Performance” Award at the Bands Of America Super Regional Contest in San Antonio on Saturday, November 2.
“This is the first time that the band received any caption award and especially the most coveted of (Outstanding) Music,” said Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “This also represents the first time in eight years that the Coppell Band was selected to the Finals of the BOA Super Regional.”
The Cowboys Band came in Sixth Place in the Preliminary round competing against what Mason describes as “64 of the finest 5A high school bands in Texas.” The band placed 12th in the Finals.
These results are all the more impressive since the CHS Band is the only band to make Finals without the use of theatrical props. Using only their marching skills and musical prowess, the band was able to edge out most bands in the competition.
“It is interesting to note that the Coppell Band was the only band not to use props at last year’s State Marching Contest to make Finals and also at this year’s BOA Super Regional,” stated Mason.
The band takes a well-deserved break this week and resumes practice on Friday afternoon to prepare for the last game of the regular football season in Lewisville that evening.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 06:18
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