Written by Sissy Courtney
Pulling on their clothes as they ran out their front door, neighbors spilled into their yards and ran to the street hardly believing their eyes. They had just been blasted out of bed by about 200 Coppell High School (CHS) band members rocking out with their renditions of Land of a Thousand Dances and Hey Baby (will you be my gal?).
Band members stood in front of Ken and Linda Chmiel’s home on Woodmoor Drive just east of New Tech High School. It was the band’s first stop on their First Annual March-a-Thon, a budding band tradition and fundraiser. Lawn and personal concerts could be arranged by request, and that is what Ken did as a surprise for his wife.
“He did it for me, so I was crying,” Linda said.
She said it brought back memories of their son Clayton, who was in the CHS band. Their son is grown and in his third year of teaching in California.
“We always remember Clayton in the stands in the football stadium, and they’d be playing, and they’d be rocking out,” Linda said.
“Julia Carroll, who’s in the band, watched our dog while we were on vacation last week,” Linda said. “In lieu of payment, she said write the check to the band. Then Ken went up this morning to order the songs, so we are like super band boosters today.”