The Behind the Scenes: The Woodwinds

This week, we will look into the woodwind section of the Tribe of Indians Band at CHS. The woodwind section is the majority of strong female student musicians and one strong male. The woodwind section is one the strongest that is at CHS, they prove again and again to be confident in their musicianship and their ability to perform well. Now, they are the strongest, but that has not always been that way.

“When I first arrived, they were all extremely held back, but most of them were eight graders at the time and were still learning from the older students. Now they have bloomed out, because they are now freshmen, and they know they have to be the role models that the students were before them.”- Mr. Tyler

The woodwind section consists of Tatum Thomas, Mikay Hinton(Saxophones), Iesha Long(Clarinet), Rachel Lovelace(Bass Clarinet), Allison Pipkins, Mandi Pennington, Brodi Welborn and Olivia Murphy(Flutes). The freshmen are Tatum Thomas, Mikay Hinton, Iesha Long, and Mandi Pennington. Sophomore Allison Pipkins, Junior Rachel Lovelace, and Seniors Brodi Welborn and Olivia Murphy. When Mr. Tyler has guest conductors over in the band hall, they make the comment that the woodwind section is aggressive and powerful, but maybe too powerful. Sometimes their sound can overpower the band, but other times they fit in nicely.

Woodwinds 1

The Band has its Music Performance Assessment coming up on March 6th at the University of North Alabama. The woodwind section is prepared for the performance, but they know that there is always room for improvement since their goal is to get a superior rating at the event. They mention that at this point it is how well we can execute the small details to make our sound and performance great. Finally, when asked about the things coming up like the new halftime show they responded by saying “We know that Mr. Tyler has big plans and we know what they are, so we are excited for the public to know when it is time to know.


The Behind the Scenes: Design Team

This is the first of seven behind the scenes stories that will be posted. A new one each week. First the Design Team

The Design Team is a newly formed group with the Tribe of Indians Band at CHS. Their role is to help with social media posts, media logos, videos, t-shirt designs, and motivational posts. The team was created by Mr. Tyler, Director of the Tribe, for students who wanted to be in the band, but did not want to learn an instrument or did not have the time for starting over at the beginning of learning an instrument. The method has seemed to work out since there are currently four members of the design team, with only one of them being in the band. The members are Dakota Copeland(Designer), Makayla Scott (Photographer), Christiana Blackmon (Designer), and Ethan Smith (Social Media).

The team has been helping me with making our image and logos more updated and appealing to our online supports. They designed our t-shirts for this season and will be crafting our t-shirt designs for this coming up year.”- Mr. Tyler

The team has there own facebook chat, where they all communicate with each other and to Mr. Tyler. The team has seen and heard the big plans that Mr. Tyler has for the group and the band, which excited the team. Tuesday, February 19th, the design team worked on a video that promoted the concert that the band has on Thursday, February 21st. The video reached over 281 viewers on Instagram and over 131 viewers on Facebook. The team will be editing and crafting different versions of the logos for different holidays, such as hearts on Valentines Day and eggs on Easter.

In regard to the big ideas that are coming up for the team, they mention that the team will be traveling with the band in the coming season to get great action pictures, action videos, and will help with the halftime show. The halftime show will be announced to the public in the next coming months after the busy month of March is over.


Thank You Lions Club

Hello everyone,

I would like to take the time to say thank you to our Lions Club in Cherokee, AL. First, we have two of our students, one is an alumnus and the other student is a Senior in the Band this year.

Lions Club Students

Left, Chloe Franks, Right Noah Montgomery

Each chapter of the Lions Club around the state of Alabama were asked to send people in the band or sponsor someone. The Lions Club of Cherokee choose, Cherokee’s own, Chloe Franks, alumnus, and Noah Montgomery, Senior. Also joining them was Colbert County and son of the Superintendent of Colbert County, MJ Satchel. They left and headed to Birmingham on Wednesday where they had a rehearsal with all of the other members that were chosen from the other Lions Club Chapters. They  had rehearsals and departed for the parade in Chicago, IL. These students were led by Birmingham Southern Director of Band Ginger Zingara, in which the students learned a lot about themselves and about music. Mrs. Zingara was also joined by different teachers and professors from around the Birmingham Metro area.

Lions Club Chloe

Lions Club Noah

The students had a chance tonight to discuss their gratitude to the Lions Club and talk about their favorite part of the trip. We also had some parents from our area go on the trip as well. Both of Chloe’s parents Janice and Kenneth Franks as well as the parents of MJ Satchel.

Lions Club Pres.

During this meeting, our Lions Club voted to donate money toward the Uniform Fund to get the money toward the new uniforms of Cherokee High School Tribe of Indians. The Lions Club is also going to donate water and Gatorade for the students for band camp, which is happening next week. The Lions Club is doing great things in the community and I cannot wait to see what other great deeds that we can both do for each other.