Weather concerns force band to change February concert to individual performances


Tracy Tran

Coppell High School sophomores (now juniors) Kelly Kim, Eden Kim and New Tech High @ Coppell senior (now 2020 graduate) Marlee Moe play the flute at the Mid-Winter band concert last year in the CHS Auditorium. The annual concert showcases every band including CHS9 bands (Symphonic and Concert), Symphonic Band 1, Symphonic Band 2, Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2 and Wind Symphony. This year weather concerns have forced the band to turn to individual performances rather than a full showcase.

Anette Varghese, Staff Writer

On Thursday, Coppell Band Director Gerry Miller, after consulting with the other members of the band staff, announced via email that the February band concert scheduled for Saturday would be pushed back to Monday-Thursday of next week with individual ensemble performances instead of one concert.

These decisions were made after considering the health and safety of the students and audience members with regard to the week’s winter weather and COVID safety. In the Coppell High School indoor facility, the staff would be tasked with keeping open a number of doors in order to maintain air circulation as described in COVID safety protocol. 

Performances will take place at the conclusion of each weekday’s rehearsal respective to the ensemble and campus, family members are welcome to attend both CHS and CHS9 campus performances (with social distancing and mask-wearing required).

“We realize that not all family members may be able to attend. We plan to video all performances and make them available online throughout the week for [parents and students] to view and enjoy,” Miller said in the email. 

Students will still attend their regularly-scheduled rehearsals during the upcoming week. Individual ensemble conductors will later share the start time of each daily performance. The individual ensemble performances are set to take 30 minutes or less, again taking place after rehearsal and in the gym spaces of each campus. 

More information will be communicated as the week moves forward in order to ensure students’ and concertgoers’ safety. 

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