2019-2020 New Member Information
Please review the information below.
It will answer most of your questions.
Congratulations on your decision to be a part of the Coppell Band.
Band is one of the most enjoyable and spirited high school organizations, and it is arguably the hardest-working
organization and most award-winning in Coppell ISD. Students in band are respected by their peers and
teachers; they are known as the leaders at Coppell HS, and band members rank among the highest-performing
students academically in each class.
High school band is drastically different than middle school band. In middle school, you prepared for weeks and
weeks for one performance. In high school, we are in a prepare-then-perform mindset. We perform on a weekly
basis during marching band season, and many students love the thrill of marching the show in front of a crowd of
5,000-10,000 people in a stadium on Friday and Saturday night. There is, in all honesty, no greater experience.
In Band at Coppell, the physical demands of being a performer are rather high. Through marching band,
students will become physically fit by exercising on a daily basis. All these routines make us stronger physically and mentally and give us a great advantage over our competitors late in the season.
To remain musically “fit”, we strongly encourage private lessons throughout the summer and during school. At this
time, over 97% of the students in the Coppell Band are enrolled in private lessons. This experience is one that
will strengthen your musical abilities beyond what we’re able to do in class. The one-on-one time you spend with
your private teacher will aid in your growth and development as a competent, individual musician.
If you have interests in other areas (athletics, clubs, organizations), we welcome you to do both. You can make it work in your schedule, and we’re happy to help you realize your goals by being a member of multiple teams. We currently have Band students in football, theater, choir, track, tennis, swimming, cross country, and more. No student at CHS or CHS9 will be made to choose one over the other – being a part of the Coppell HS Community is important, and your contributions are valued. Please email us with any questions you have.
Ms. Klontz, band director – firstname.lastname@example.org
CHS+CHS9 Coppell Band Design Clinics for 2019 Varsity and JV
Students will be introduced to basic marching fundamentals, physical fitness processes, dance training, and musical performance practices at these clinics. More details will be sent in the coming months. Students who wish to be considered for a position in the 2019 Varsity and JV Marching Bands should attend as many clinics as possible. Varsity placement can only be earned by presence at all clinics:
Friday, April 5 from 5:00-10:00pm – woodwind, brass, and percussion ONLY*
Thursday, April 25 from 5:00-9:00pm – woodwind, brass, percussion, and guard*
Friday, May 10 from 5:00-10:00pm – woodwind, brass, percussion, and guard*
- dinner will be provided for all camps.
CHS+CHS9 Band / Percussion / Color Guard New Member Meeting (for PARENTS and STUDENTS)
Parents are introduced to the program, and meet the staff and student leaders. We will offer an open forum for questions following the meeting.
Monday, May 13 from 7:00-8:30pm (Coppell HS Band Hall)
MANDATORY Start-of-Summer Percussion Camp
Start-of-Summer Percussion Camp will introduce students to the drumline, secure positions for the Fall season,
and aid in individual development over the coming weeks of break.
Percussion Full Camp: Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1 from 10:00am-9:00pm (bring meals)
MANDATORY End-of-Summer Percussion Camp
The Drumline members meet for one additional week of camp in late July. Students work on playing fundamentals and begin learning the drumline show during this portion of the summer.
Percussion: Monday-Friday, July 22-26 from 10:00am-5:00pm (bring a lunch)
MANDATORY End-of-Summer Color Guard
The Color Guard members meet for one additional week of camp in late July. Students work on fundamentals and begin show design during this portion of the summer.
Guard: Monday-Friday, July 22-26 from 10:00am-5:00pm (bring a lunch)
MANDATORY Fundamentals Camp
Fundamentals Camp introduces all students to the marching and playing fundamentals they will need for the upcoming season.
Monday-Wednesday, July 29-31 from 8:00am-5:00pm (bring a lunch)
MANDATORY Band Registration
On this date, students will register for all the band supplies and equipment they need. They will try on shirts,
shoes, and sign up for meal choices. Parents attend to complete necessary forms, volunteer, and purchase items.
Saturday, August 3 from 9:00am-3:00pm (specific times vary by grade level/last name)
MANDATORY Summer Band Camp
These camp days are the MOST IMPORTANT days of summer for our Band program. Students will learn the marching drill and music for the 2019 competition shows. Absences are not excused on these days, and students who do not participate will not march in the competition shows. Rehearsals primarily take place outdoors.
Thursday, August 1 - Friday, August 2 from 8:00am-8:00pm (bring a lunch and a snack)
Monday, August 5 from 8:00am-8:00pm (bring a lunch and a snack)
Tuesday, August 6 - Friday, August 9 from 5:00-9:00pm*
*- on these dates, Guard/Percussion meet at 10:00am to begin their day.
Saturday, August 10 from 8:00am-8:00pm (bring a lunch and a snack)
Monday, August 12 – Tuesday, August 13 from 8:00am-8:00pm (bring a lunch and a snack)
Classes Begin at CHS and CHS9
The first day of your Freshman year of high school will be one that you remember forever. Being a part of Band
will help that process. You will, as a member of the Band, receive an advance copy of your schedule.
Wednesday, August 14 at 8:50am
End-of-Summer Band Social
To celebrate a successful end to the long Summer Band days, we will host a swim party.
Plan to join us – hang out – and have fun celebrating the beginning of an amazing adventure.
Friday, August 23 from 6:00-10:00pm at Hawaiian Falls in The Colony
2019 Competition Show Debut Performances and Booster Meeting
The debut begins at 8:00pm and is intended for the Band parents and the Coppell Community to have a
first-viewing of the Varsity and JV marching shows.
Saturday, August 24 at 8:00pm at Buddy Echols Field/Coppell HS Stadium
JV Morning Rehearsals
Once the school year begins, the Coppell HS JV Marching Band rehearses before school from 8:00-9:40am on
the CHS Band Field behind Buddy Echols Field/CHS Stadium. This will take place each Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the first 9-weeks. Transportation to CHS9 is provided after rehearsal. Please check the calendar at for more specific before and afterschool rehearsal dates and times.
VARSITY Afternoon Rehearsals
Once the school year begins, the Coppell HS Band rehearses afterschool on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm on the CHS Band Field behind Buddy Echols Field/CHS Stadium. As well, there are Stadium Rehearsals on Monday nights from 5:00-8:00pm. Lastly, there are often Project Blocks with selected sections on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. Please check the calendar at for more specific afterschool rehearsal dates and times.
Football Game Performances
The JV and Varsity Marching Band alternate between football games, with each performing at approximately 5
games per season. Most games take place on Friday nights, though some playoff games can be on Saturdays.
Each performance is an opportunity for us to perform in preparation for our major contests.
Friday, August 30 – VARSITY @ CHS vs. Sachse HS at 7:30pm (Garland ISD Stadium)
Friday, September 6 – VARSITY @ CHS vs. LD Bell HS at 7:30pm (Coppell HS Stadium)
Friday, September 13 – JV and VARSITY @ CHS vs. Allen HS at 7:30pm (Allen ISD Stadium)
Friday, September 20 – BYE WEEK – No Game Scheduled
Friday, September 27 – VARSITY @ CHS vs. Irving MacArthur HS at 7:30pm (Irving ISD Stadium)
Friday, October 4 – JV or Varsity @ CHS vs. Hebron HS at 7:30pm (Coppell HS Stadium)*
Friday, October 11 – VARSITY @ CHS vs. Lewisville HS at 7:30pm (Coppell HS Stadium)
Friday, October 18 – JV @ CHS vs. Marcus HS at 7:30pm (Marcus HS Stadium)
Friday, October 25 – JV and VARSITY @ CHS vs. Irving HS at 7:30pm (Coppell HS Stadium) - HOMECOMING
Friday, November 1 – JV @ CHS vs. Flower Mound HS at 7:30pm (Flower Mound HS Stadium)
Friday, November 8 – JV and VARSITY @ CHS vs. Irving Nimitz HS at 7:30pm (Coppell HS Stadium) – SENIOR NIGHT
* - decisions regarding JV or Varsity Game performances are made once the subsequent competition schedules are completed.
Marching Contest Performances
Marching Contests allow the Coppell Bands to perform our full show for a panel of judges. Most contests are
“Prelims-Finals Format”, meaning that approximately 30 bands perform in Prelims, and the top 10 are invited
back that evening to perform again in Finals. On these days, it is generally best to plan for a full day of
Saturday, September 28 – 8th Grade Event – Coppell Band Fest (Coppell HS Stadium)
Saturday, October 5 – JV @ Princeton Sounds of Fall (Princeton ISD Stadium)
Saturday, October 5 – Varsity @ Bands of America Dallas Regional (Pennington Field in HEB)
Saturday, October 12 – JV @ Birdville ISD Marching Contest (Birdville ISD FAC)
Saturday, October 12 – Varsity @ Birdville ISD Marching Contest (Birdville ISD FAC)
Tuesday, October 15 – JV @ UIL Region 31 Marching Contest (Birdville ISD FAC)
Tuesday, October 15 – Varsity @ UIL Region 31 Marching Contest (Birdville ISD FAC)
Friday-Sunday, October 18-20 – Varsity @ Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional (The Dome at Americas Center)
Saturday, October 26 – Rehearsal Day (Coppell ISD Stadium)
Friday-Saturday, November 1-2 – Varsity @ Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional (Alamodome in San Antonio, TX)
The Coppell HS Varsity and JV Drumlines perform at competition before and after the competitive season.
Saturday, September 14 – HEB Drumline Contest (Pennington Field)
Saturday, September 21 – Plano Drumline Contest (Clark Stadium)
Saturday, November 9 – Lone Star Drumline Contest (Marcus HS Stadium)