The Coppell HS Band is honored to have some of the finest collegiate music students in North Texas teaching our students throughout the marching season.
Alan Olmos is a senior music education major at the University of North Texas. Alan studies applied saxophone with Dr. Eric Nestler and performs regularly with the UNT Symphonic Band, under the direction of Professor Dennis Fisher. Alan was a 3-year Texas All State member in high school and continues to support the ambitions of students wishing to do the same.
Alan leads by example, serving as a section leader in 2017 for the UNT Green Brigade Marcing Band. He served on the executive committee for the Gamma Theta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and conducts their student led saxophone choir.
Alan has recently joined the drum corps scene, marching with Genesis DBC in 2017 and aging out with Blue Knights DBC in 2018. He has worked with several high school marching bands in the DFW area and is excited to join the team at Coppell.
Alejandro Cruz is a senior music education student at the University of North Texas. He studies bassoon with Kathleen Reynolds and is a current member of the Symphonic Band, under the baton of Dennis Fisher. He became a Texas All-State Musician his senior year of high school.
Alejandro has performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps fro 2016-2018. He played mellophone all three years and learned from numerous brass pedagogues and band directors from around the country. Outside of drum corps, his experience in pageantry expanded to a season with UNiTy Winter Guard as a member of the flag and dance line in 2018. Alejandro is excited to join the Coppell team and help students appreciate the pageantry arts..
Ben Ayers is a Junior in the Horn studio at UNT studying music education, with the ambition to one day graduate and be able to lead a band program with students as dedicated and talented as these. Ben is from Arlington Texas and graduated from Mansfield Legacy High School in 2016 he's also a two time all state musician on French horn. In 2015 he marched mellophone at Crossmen and trumpet for The Cadets in 2017. He also marched mellophone at The Blue Devils in 2018 and plans to return in 2019. Ben wants to spread the knowledge he has acquired with his students, hopes to gain even more from these wonderful performers and help them to succeed in everything they pursue.
Benjamin Brown is returning for his second year working with the Coppell High School marching band. Benjamin studied music theory and classical voice at the University of North Texas, where he marched and taught with the Green Brigade marching band for four years, sang with the UNT Opera and Choral departments, and served as the Undergraduate Representative for the Music Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology department. Since graduating Benjamin has worked primarily as a freelance bassist, playing in several local bands, premiering new works, recording in the studio, and working with several theatre companies as a musician, actor, and director.
Benjamin aged out from The Cavaliers in 2013, and has since taught with The Racine Scouts and The Guardians. He is very excited to have this opportunity to return to Coppell and continue working with such excellent teachers and students.
Christopher Craig "CC" Waggoner is a freelance designer, leadership clinician, and visual technician from Fort Worth, TX. As an instructor, CC has worked with numerous competitive high schools and young leaders across North Texas. As a performer, he has been a member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps - earning the title of Drum Corps International World Champion in 2014, 2015, and 2017. CC has enjoyed the privilege of working extensively under Blue Devils caption head, Todd Ryan, as well as drill designers Jay Murphy and Jaime Holly.
CC currently serves as program coordinator for the Burleson Centennial Indoor Winds and Visual Coordinator for Orion Winds, and new independent winds group in Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition to his design work, he provides visual instruction for several high school programs in DFW as well as online leadership and drum major lessons through Silent Command.
Christian Pennington - Saxophone Technician
Christian Pennington is excited to begin the opportunity as a marching technician for the Coppell Band in the summer of 2017. Mr. Pennington attends Texas Tech University studying music education, with a proficiency in saxophone, studying under professor David Dees. At Texas Tech, Mr. Pennington has held positions as the saxophone section leader of the Goin' Band from Raiderland, is a member of the Visual Team, and is the Vice President of the Texas Tech Chamber Music Society. Christian Pennington graduated from Wakeland Highschool, where he studied under Mr. Miller and Mr. Caswell, and spent two seasons in the winterguard program under the direction of Mr. Rummel.
Jason Wilson, a trombonist from Rowlett, TX, graduated from Sachse High School in 2015. Currently, Jason is studying Chemistry and Biology at the University of North Texas. He serves in many organizations including the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the medical organization, A.E.D.. Throughout Jason's time at UNT he has been able to attend and help host several leadership and teaching seminars.
Still passionate about music, Jason uses his leadership and teaching skills to serve local band programs. Most recently, Jason served as a music and marching technician at Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX. Now he is ready for a new experience and is excited to join the Coppell Band. He hopes to offer his skills and abilities in order to serve the students and band program at a high caliber.
Julia Wong is a sophomore International Business major at the University of North Texas. As an avid performer, Julia has participated in winter guard, indoor percussion, and 2017 Mean Green Brigade. Julia marched in the trumpet line with the Santa Clara Vanguard, earning the silver medal in 2017 and the Drum Corps International World Championship in 2018.
Julia currently resides in Keller, TX, volunteering as the head brass ensemble coordinator and musician at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, along with performing with other churches in DFW. Julia is extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Coppell this fall!
Nick Duran - Low Brass Technician
Nick Duran's marching experience includes performing as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and the Phantom Regiment in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Mr. Duran has performed and taught with the UNT Green Brigade, where he was a field instructor for two years. He is currently a senior at UNT and is looking forward to working with Coppell.
Thomas Burnette - Clarinet Technician
Thomas Burnette is happy to be coming back to Coppell High School for his second year as a field tech. He currently lives in Denton, TX and is in his fourth year of studies at the University of North Texas for a degree in Music Education with a concentration in Clarinet. While at North Texas Thomas has played in many ensembles including the UNT Concert Band, The Green Brigade and the UNT Clarinet Choir. Also at UNT Thomas is a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is active in many of their preforming ensembles. Before working at Coppell Thomas spent one year as a field tech at Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX.
Thomas is from San Antonio where he was a member of the nationally acclaimed Winston Churchill High School Band. At Churchill Thomas got the opportunity to preform and many BOA regional and superregional competitions. In 2010 he was able to perform at the BOA Grand National competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also while at Churchill Thomas made the Texas All-State band in 2012 and 2013.