Written by Phil Cerroni
By Gail Thomas
The Coppell High School Band will compete in the 2012 UIL 5A Texas State Marching Band Contest Nov. 5-6 in the San Antonio Alamodome. They earned the spot by finishing as one of the top four bands at the recent UIL Area C Class 5A Marching Contest in Mesquite Oct. 27.
After a second round of performances from the 10 finalists, the judges selected Coppell as one of the top four bands to advance to State. Berkner, Duncanville, and Rowlett will also represent Class 5A Area C at the State Contest. Coppell will perform at 2:15 in the Prelims on Nov. 6.
The UIL State Marching Band competition is held every two years for Class 5A. The band, which will perform its program titled The Spectrum: The Music of Richard Wagner, aims to improve on its performance in the 2010 State contest, where it placed fifth out of 36 bands.
Before heading to the State contest, the CHS band will perform at one more competition on Nov. 3 at Duncanville High School.
Coppell High School band directors are: Scott Mason, Head Band Director; Brandon Slovak and Doug Grice, Assistant Band Directors; Zach Scheer, Percussion Director; and Dave Marchuk, Assistant Percussion Director. Head Colorguard Director is James Thomas, assisted by Bryan Morgan.