Written by Phil Cerroni
By Tracy Begland
The Coppell High School Marching Band earned best band of the day at the 21st Annual Mesquite Marching Festival for the third straight year Oct. 6.
On an unusually blustery evening with a temperature in the upper 40’s, the Coppell Band battled the weather and competitors for the second straight week. The band stepped onto the field as the last and 31st band to perform.
The 355 member band marched their contest show “Spectrum of Sound” featuring the music of Richard Wagner. Their efforts resulted in a 1st Division rating and a sweep of every award in class 5A including best guard, best drum majors, best percussion, best horn line, and best band in their class.
“These awards mean a lot to the band,” drum major Jonathan Bolton said. “They are payoff for our hard work as well as motivation to accomplish this level of success at the StateMarching contest.”
Scott Mason, head band director, said the band did a great job considering the cold.
“The cold weather makes performing in tune almost impossible with so many different types of instruments,” Mason said.
Nevertheless, judges were impressed with the musical and visual strength of the program. Mason said their comments indicate the band is on the right track.
The band will compete at the UIL Region Contest at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 20 at Duncanville High School in their first step toward qualifying for the UIL 5A Texas State Marching Band Contest in November.