About 200 people braved a stormy night May 8 in Copperas Cove to hear the 52-member Copperas Cove High School Wind Ensemble perform Showcase Music on stage at Lee Ledger Auditorium. The Wind Ensemble conductor was Randy Kelley.

Several of the students were featured as either soloists or in ensembles throughout the program.

In addition to the national anthem, the full band played the “Appalachian Overture” composed by James Barnes.

The first ensemble was “Piccolo Polka” written by Robert Burke Jr. and performed as a duet by piccolo players Danielle Johnson and Christa Kennedy.

“These girls found this piece on the Internet of all places and it met all our standards,” Kelley said.

Caroline Harrison, oboe soloist, was featured on “Gabriel’s Oboe” composed by Ennio Morricone and arranged by Robert Longfield. Cornet soloist Ryan Oster was featured on “The Bugler” by Edwin Franko Goldman. Robert Bigford performed the euphonium solo “Carnival of Venice” arranged by Herbert L. Clarke.

Special guest soloist was Derek Novak on clarinet, a 2002 graduate of Cove High School and a student at Baylor University. He performed “Introduction, Theme and Variations” composed by Gioachio Rossini and arranged by Ralph Hermann.

A multi-instrument ensemble featuring the percussion section in addition to Danielle Johnson, Quentin Knox, Katie Blalock and Travis Jones performed “Brazil: Ceremony, Song and Samba” by Robert W. Smith. The final number was performed by trombone players Tyler Brown, Seith Meeks, Myanisha Ard, Lee Stone and Wyatt Behara. They played “Lassus Trombone” by Henry Fillmore and arranged by Loras J. Schissel. The wind ensemble teamed up with the Harker Heights Concert Band to end the show with “Summit March” written by Ken C. Wood, “The Texans” by James Barnes and “Star Spangled Spectacular” by John Cacavas.

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I realize this is late coming, but Derek Novak is actually a CCHS 2012 graduate, not 2002. He's going into his third year at Baylor University.

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