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The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The Coppell High School Band’s snares and quads practice at Buddy Echols Field on Sept. 16 before its competition at Dripping Springs High School. Coppell Percussion was named winner of the Advanced Large Division of the 2022 Thunder in the Hills Percussion Invitational.

Drumline glows in first-place performance of “Neon Dystopia”

Shrayes Gunna, Staff Writer September 29, 2022

As the clear blue sky fades into a vibrant rose gold, the Coppell Drumline unpacks its buses: snares, tenors and bass drums, marimbas and vibraphones spill out onto the hot concrete and decorate Dripping...

Coppell High School senior trumpet section leader Zain Zaidi practices in the CHS Band Hall on May 9. Zaidi placed second in the high school division at the National Trumpet Competition, which took place on March 30-April 2.

Zaidi scaling to great heights with trumpet

Srihari Yechangunja, Design Editor May 13, 2022

Though Coppell High School senior Zain Zaidi considers himself optimistic, he didn’t expect much when he joined the Coppell Middle School North band in sixth grade, considering he had no prior experience...

Coppell High School head band director Kim Shuttlesworth delivers a speech to the band program before the Bands of America competition in St. Louis. Band placed third in the competition, making history with Coppell’s highest rank and highest score.

Band’s Carousel program achieves unprecedented accomplishment in St. Louis

Manasa Mohan, Advertising and Circulation Manager November 1, 2021

On Oct. 23, members of the Coppell marching band were on the edge of their seats as they anxiously awaited their results at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional competition.  When the...

Coppell head band director Kim Shuttlesworth and color guard director Matthew Rummel conduct after school band rehearsal from atop the band director tower in the parking lot behind Buddy Echols Field on Thursday. Shuttlesworth was named the new Coppell ISD band director on April 26.

Shuttlesworth following love for music in mother’s footsteps

Trisha Atluri, Executive Entertainment Editor August 31, 2021

Growing up with a band director mother and playing trumpet in All-State band at Carthage High School, Coppell head band director Kim Shuttlesworth has been immersed in a world of music for decades. After...

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 coppellhighschoolcheer.com 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...

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