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Purely Rhythmic: A fragile steadiness of playful percussion, whimsical fantasy

The lights shortly dim. The room is illuminated by the glow of the blue LED lights taped down across the fringe of the stage. The curtains start to sprawl open revealing a vibrant orange backdrop and the Coppell Excessive College Band percussion seniors carry out the primary piece of the night time, “Katraterra.”

On Saturday night time, Coppell Band held its annual percussion efficiency, Purely Rhythmic, within the CHS Auditorium. The present is the end result of months of exhausting work beginning in November.

“We began again in mid November after taking a break and the youngsters have been working weekly,” Coppell percussion director Randall Nguyen mentioned. “We had weekend rehearsals they usually put in a bunch of labor. We’re tremendous excited with the progress.”

The present featured quite a lot of tones, discovering a steadiness between pure percussion items similar to “Skeleton Key” and eccentric numbers similar to “Aquarium” and “Look ahead to Falling Coconuts.” Some items had been composed by the scholars as effectively.

“I composed a chunk referred to as ‘Endue,” senior Avani Betigeri mentioned. “I used to be on the seaside in Hawaii listening to the waves and that’s the place I obtained the inspiration. [Composing] it was fairly natural, I wasn’t anticipating it.”

Purely Rhythmic performs Jon Anderson’s “Wolf and Bear” to shut Saturday’s efficiency within the CHS Auditorium. The annual Purely Rhythmic live performance showcases rhythmic items carried out by college students from sixth by means of twelfth grade in Coppell ISD. (Isabella Callegaro Santos)

One piece stood out, although. “Residing Room Music” offered a comedic interlude with its humorous actors and skits. Junior Oskar Zhang dressed up in a bear costume and senior Matthew Boyle performed a pizza boy who would ultimately be part of the group on the sofa for a jam session.

“Each 4 years we love to do a particular piece,” senior Saimaurya Kanagala mentioned. “It’s been 4 years and we thought, ‘oh, we must always deliver again this piece.’ We selected the 4 goofiest folks within the entrance ensemble and our purpose was to make the funniest piece of the viewers, one thing that’ll make them snigger, take pleasure in themselves. Take a break from all of the percussion stuff.”

Act outs woven into performances was widespread all through the present. The group performing “Cabasa” mimed ingesting tea and took turns enjoying with one another’s devices. In “El Chupacabra” the gamers carried out elaborate handshakes with one another as they took turns switching between devices.

Whereas the night time was a hit, confirmed by the viewers’s wild applause and cheers, Coppell percussion had a particular shock – a efficiency of “Beneath the Sea” from The Little Mermaid (1989)

As the ultimate notice rang out and the percussion group took its bow, it signified rather more – the top of finish of many percussionists careers, and the beginning of some new ones. With performances by sixth graders from Coppell Center College West early on and the shock closing quantity, the vary of feelings was palpable.

“It means a lot,” Nguyen mentioned. “I first obtained right here within the fall of 2018 so the seniors had been seventh graders. I’ve been watching them develop for the previous six years and it has been actually, actually wonderful. It’s going to be unhappy to see them go, however I’m tremendous excited to see what their endeavors are sooner or later.”

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