The Coppell High School Band represents one of the finest organizations of its kind in the United States. It is composed of over 350 members who exhibit the highest levels of discipline, dedication, achievement and performance. The program has helped to merit the Coppell High School Music Program the best in the nation according to the National Music Educators Association.

The Coppell Band has been the recipient of numerous awards, championships, and honors, ranging from local and state contests to the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade. They have been a consistent winner of the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Championship 7 years in a row, along with being a consistent finalist at the State Marching Competition.

The Students

Each year, the band program begins within two weeks after the school year ends. Incoming freshmen from Coppell's three middle schools participate in a two-week intense orientation and marching fundamentals workshop. This includes both individual and group attention to fundamentals.

In August, the full band begins its four-month journey into marching season by attending summer band camp. It is at this time that the students begin working on the marching show. All music is memorized and passed off to section leaders each week. Marching is judged each week by both squad leaders and section leaders. This band camp culminates in the traditional "Welcome Back" concert held just before the school year opens.

Rehearsals for specific sections and then for the whole band are held daily. The camps and rehearsals are all conducted according to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) guidelines, which governs how many hours the band can practice each week. UIL rules also require that every student maintain a passing grade in all scholastic work in order to participate in band competitions. As such, the band program also maintains a rigorous study habits and tutoring program for its participants.

During the marching season, which usually lasts from August through mid-November, depending on the progress of the football team, the students hone their marching program, but most pull double duty as they prepare their own personal etudes and performances for regional concert performance opportunities. Students have the opportunity to participate in region orchestra, region band, area band and state band competitions. The band provides access to the finest private lesson instructors in the area to help each student play to their highest level. Such efforts have resulted in Coppell winning the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Championship 10 years in a row. Also during the fall, students find themselves poised for various region and state marching competitions, climaxing in the State Marching Championships held in San Antonio every other year (even years).

As the school year winds into the Spring, the bands turn their attention into ensemble concert performances. The 350 students are divided into four band programs, and each band prepares a repertoire of three pieces to perform at the Area UIL Concert competition. The students are judged on their performance on those pieces, as well as a sight reading competition. Coppell has won the UIL Sweepstakes Award for Concert, Sightreading and Marching consecutively for over two decades (see more info below).

If this sounds like a lot of work, it is. Every student in the band personifies the excellence we seek in our society: perseverance, dedication, discipline, personal strength, leadership, and integrity. It's no wonder that every year, one-half to two-thirds on the Coppell National Merit Semifinalists are members of the band. But even though it's hard work, the students still manage to have a lot of fun, especially in the stands, on the bus, and on trips.

Awards, Events and Recognition

Marching Season

2009

Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation

State Marching Contest

2014

9th Place 6A

2012

5th Place 5A

2010

5th Place 5A

2008

3rd Place 5A

2006

7th Place 5A

2004

11th Place 5A

2000

12th Place 5A

1999

State Marching Band 4A Champions

1997

3rd Place 4A

1995

3rd Place 4A

1993

4th Place 4A

All State/Region Bands

216 All State Band members in the last 19 years.

19 All State Band members in 2015 tied a school record (2013) and the most in Texas both years.

An average of 130 students selected to the All Region Bands each year.

State Solo Contest

State Sweepstakes Award (Solo & Ensemble Contest): 93-94, 94-95, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99–00 (award discontinued after 2000.)

An average of 150 students qualify for the State Solo Contest each year.

65 Outstanding Soloists at the State Solo Contest in the last 19 years.

Concert Season – TMEA State Honor Band

2014

1st Runner-Up 5A Honor Band

2012

3rd Runner-Up 5A Honor Band

2008

2nd Runner-Up 5A Honor Band

2006

2nd Runner-Up 5A Honor Band

2002

1st Runner-Up 5A Honor Band

1997-1999

State 4A Honor Band

UIL Sweepstakes Award - Concert, Sightreading, and Marching

92-93, 93-94, 94-95, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-00, 00-01, 01-02, 02-03, 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, 06-07, 07-08, 08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14 and 14-15

23 years in a row!

WINTER GUARD

2015

NTCA 3rd Place - National A

2012

NTCA Silver Medal Guard – Scholastic A

2007

Winter Guard International Midwestern Regional Champions

2005

NTCA Gold Medal Champions

2004

NTCA Gold Medal Champions

2004

Winter Guard International Midwestern Regional - 2nd Place

TRIPS

March 2014

Boston, Performance at Boston Symphony Hall 

March 2011

Chicago, Performance at Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Center

March 2009

New York City, Performance at Carnegie Hall

March 2009

New York City, St. Patrick’s Day Parade - 1st Place Band

March 2007

Washington D.C - Most Outstanding Band and numerous awards

March 2004

Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Most Outstanding Band

January 2001

Pasadena, CA, 112th Tournament of Roses Parade

 

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