• September 27, 2016

Schools open new year with a bang at Spirit Spectacular

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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 4:30 am

The Pride of Cove Band unveiled its new UIL show, “Out of Darkness,” during the annual Spirit Spectacular at Bulldawg Stadium on Sept. 15.

More than 800 people watched the bands, color guard and junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders, as well as the Copperettes and the Royal Blue Twirlers, perform three-fourths of their show.

Marching to the beat of her final Spirit Spectacular, senior Aleia Wardlow, 17, one of three drum majors, felt some jitters at the start. “It was a little nerve wracking, but after tonight’s performance I feel very confident in the band’s ability,” Wardlow said.

Jack Welch, head coach of the Copperas Cove Bulldawg football team, lead his players onto the field to open the rally. “We’re always excited to be part of such a great event and part of our fine students,” Welch said.

The 180-member band played three songs during the one-hour show to reflect its theme this year, “The Red Machine,” and “To the Stars” followed by “Fire Bird Suite.”

Bands from Copperas Cove Junior High and S.C. Lee Junior High performed, along with routines from the junior varsity cheerleaders and varsity cheerleaders, all to robust applause.

Adding flair with their acrobatic flips and cheers, the Copperettes wowed the crowd, and in only its second performance year, the new Royal Blue Twirlers combined dance and twirls into a show-stopping routine.

Tony Chapa, director of bands, lead his first Spirit Spectacular after taking over the position this year. “It went great tonight with lots of energy and true blue spirit,” said Chapa.

Her first Spirit Spectacular show was a bit overwhelming for Nancy Norris, since she became the new symphonic band director and color guard director. She beamed with pride at the students’ performance and hard work.

“The show was fabulous and it’s exciting and great to work with the students here,” said Norris.

Proud parents and families, along with football fans, filled the bleachers clapping and stomping to the music and shouting encouragement to the students on the field. After the show it was hugs all around, like from band mom Julie Moser to her daughter, Loren Carter.

“I know what they’re been doing, but when you get the big impact of seeing the show, it always sends chills down my spine. It was amazing,” Moser said.

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