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District elevating Miller to coordinate fine arts programs

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.

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 Coordinator of Fine Arts.  “My prime focus is our students, and making sure the student experience in...

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

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

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 weeks ago, has begun limited in-person rehearsals.  These in-person rehearsals started Aug. 24 w...

‘CALM’ brings maturity to nine year old band

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.

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, it has established its own identity in the world of pop and rock.  Its self titled debut album is the definition ...

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

Coppell band rehearses as a full band before the first-ever Coppell High School Ensemble Festival. The festival is at CHS from 5-9 p.m. tonight.

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 skills in smaller chamber ensembles to the full band.  The festival involves smaller groups of stud...

Tao drumming to All-State four years in a row

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.

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 in the legacy. Tao is also the first percussionist from Coppell to make All-State all four years....

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

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

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 band?  During elementary school, I started having experience with music and performing. I wanted to ha...

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

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.

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 March 15-16, Coppell High School junior Terri Rauschenbach, seniors Trevor Holmes and Supratik Pochampa...

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

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.

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 were posted on a board and upon first glance, Holmes quickly found his name at the top, meaning he ...

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

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.

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 Judd, has played piano since he was 5.   Though Judd participated in sports, art and ch...

Students share excitement for upcoming Allen game

The cheerleaders run downfield after celebrating a Cowboy touchdown during the fourth quarter of Friday nights game at Pennington Field. The Cowboys won their first game of the season  58-23.

Lili Lomas, Sports editor, Digital content editor

September 13, 2017

With Coppell High School football playing state power Allen High School this Friday, students are preparing for the various aspects of the game from the halftime show to the support in the stands. They share with The Sidekick how they are building up excitement for the game.       Senio...

Band makes waves, memories on final competition in South Texas (with video)

The Coppell High School Wind Symphony performs at The Fine Arts Center at Texas Southmost College May 19. The CHS Band traveled to South Padre Island to compete in a concert performance.

Rutuja Joshi, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017 On Friday morning, the five Coppell High School bands competed at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during its spring trip. Each received outstanding results from three individual judges, concluding the band’s year with a success.   “We finished UI...