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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.

Weather concerns force band to change February concert to individual performances

Anette Varghese, Staff Writer February 19, 2021

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...

Coppell High School senior Akhil Aitha plays the marching bass drum on Feb. 8 in the CHS parking lot outside the band hall. In addition to percussion, Aitha makes music outside of school by singing and producing beats on his computer.

From tragedy to melody: Aitha evolving in music creation

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager February 17, 2021

Three weeks after the release of his song, “Na La Lenu,” Coppell High School senior Akhil Aitha woke up to find the music video had been viewed 3,500 times. The song, released Jan. 10, is Aitha’s...

Got You Covered is a Sidekick series detailing five events happening at Coppell High School the following week. It will be posted every Monday for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

Got You Covered: 2/15-21

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor February 15, 2021

All Coppell ISD campuses are closed today for a Weather Day.  Tryout packets for the Coppell High School cheer team are available on under the ‘events’ tab today. ...

Coppell Band director Gerry Miller was approved as the district’s coordinator of fine arts by the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees on Monday. Miller has led Coppell Band as a director for five years and begins his new position today.

District elevating Miller to coordinate fine arts programs

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor October 1, 2020

Since 2016, Coppell Band director Gerry Miller has led the largest fine arts department in the district, with close to 500 members. Now, he will oversee fine arts district-wide as the first Coppell ISD...

Coppell High School band students are currently taking music classes from home with limited in-person rehearsals. For many students, the virtual set up consists of devices with their music, Zoom screens and instruments. Photo courtesy Anvita Ukidwe

Band conducting limited in-person rehearsals after start of virtual school year

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor September 8, 2020

Since March, the Coppell Band has been conducting its program virtually due to COVID-19. Now, with the start of the 2020-21 school year, band has continued to carry out the program online, and as of two...

Pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer released its fourth album, CALM, on Friday. Upon releasing three albums prior with different styles, social media manager Anika Arutla talks about its growth through the years.

‘CALM’ brings maturity to nine year old band

Anika Arutla , Social Media Manager March 31, 2020

I was first introduced to 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) when I was 11. At the time, it was reduced to the punk version of One Direction.  Nine years later, with its fourth album release CALM on Friday,...

On the Spot: Band hosts first-ever Coppell High School Ensemble Festival (with video)

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer February 18, 2020

Tonight, the Coppell band is hosting the Coppell High School Ensemble Festival from 5-9 p.m. at CHS. This marks Coppell’s first independent ensemble festival dedicated to improving band students’ ensemble...

Coppell High School senior Andrew Tao practices the marimba during a private lesson in the fine arts hallway on Jan. 23. Tao is a percussionist with the CHS band who has qualified to All-State for all four years of high school.

Tao drumming to All-State four years in a row

Anika Arutla , Social Media Manager February 3, 2020

Out of the 60 years Coppell ISD has existed , only three students have made All-State Band all four years of their high school career. This year, Coppell High School senior Andrew Tao became the third...

Coppell High School senior Emilie Sangerhausen practices her clarinet on Oct. 15 before school in the CHS band hall. Sangerhausen has played clarinet for seven years. Photo by Tracy Tran

Q&A: How band defines Sangerhausen’s sense of identity

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

Music has always played an important role in Coppell High School senior Emilie Sangerhausen’s life. She has done band since middle school, and is on her seventh year in band.   What made you join...

Coppell High School senior Supratik Pochampally, junior Terri Rauschenbach and senior Trevor Holmes stand with CISD Trumpet Instructor Dr. Jared Hunt in the CHS band room. The Ensemble won first place in the Trumpet Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition on March 16 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Trumpet ensemble makes history as first to win in new division of national competition

Shravya Mahesh, Staff Writer April 5, 2019

When the five high schoolers signed up to compete in the National Trumpet Competition, they did not expect to make history. They simply thought it would be a fun experience to play together. Yet on...

Coppell High School senior Trevor Holmes plays his trumpet during seventh period on March 25. Holmes placed first chair in the state for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Convention.

Holmes places first chair in state, keeps up with dynamics of music

Sofia Guerrero, Co-Student Life Editor March 27, 2019

Coppell High School senior Trevor Holmes sat anxiously in the lobby as he waited for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Convention chair placements to be released. Finally, the results...

Coppell High School sophomore Anna Judd practices her original piano composition on Sunday at her house. Judd composes many pieces of music, one of which she will be performing at the Purely Rhythmic percussion concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

Marching to her own tune: Judd pursues future in music composition

Anthony Cesario, Co-Student Life Editor March 2, 2018

Music has always been a part of Coppell High School sophomore Anna Judd’s life.   Judd’s older brother, 2016 CHS graduate Ethan Judd, played percussion in school and her father, Dayton...

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