The Pride of Cove Marching Band and performers from Copperas Cove Independent School District showed off their skills to hundreds of fellow students, faculty, and community members at the annual Cove Spirit Spectacular on Sept. 19.

“It gives the students, parents and the community a chance to see these groups in a different way than they do say at a football game because they’re being featured individually,” said Randy Kelley, Cove High School director of instrumental music.

Held at Bulldawg Stadium, the free event has a long-standing history in Copperas Cove and gets bigger every year, said Cove Junior High Assistant Principal Julie Kearney.

“I think it’s a wonderful activity for all of our students and brings so much of the community out. And the fact that it’s free, I think gives a lot more people the opportunity to come.”

Jolitha Dominguez, Cove Junior High School band director, recalls attending the event during her years in Cove ISD nearly three decades ago.

“Spirit Spectacular was going on when I was a student but it’s kind of evolved,” she said. “It used to be just bands from all over Central Texas and then it turned into just Copperas Cove and different teams being represented.”

One by one, members of the cheerleading squads, dance teams, band and the varsity football team from S.C. Lee Junior High, CCJHS and CCHS took to the field to display their Cove spirit.

Sophomore Tamica Madden, 15, plays flute in the band.

“It helps people realize how much we really care about our community and helps support the football team and get them pepped up for the next season,” she said.

Sophomore Talulah Cross, 15, performed for the first time at the event with the junior varsity cheerleading team. Aside from a few nerves, she really enjoyed the experience.

“I like the fact that everybody can show up and we all get to have fun and it brings everybody closer together for the school,” Cross said.

Cross’s teammate, freshman Brittney Colbath, 14, expressed joy for her community’s show of support.

“I’m glad they get to see what we work on all year, and what all of our extracurricular activities have been working on so it’s good,” she said.

Christina Hair, who came out to support her son, a high school band member, described the event as community-driven. “It’s great, because I end up seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time,” she said.

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