Royalty Review

        Tribe of Indians Marching Band, how can I describe this group of kids that I have the honor of working with? Dedication and teamwork are the only words that properly fit this group. Our marching season started off in the blazing heat of July pushing through with every step marched until the last show of the season, The Alabama State Marching Band Competition in Hoover, Alabama at the Hoover Met. We performed our final show in the bitter cold on November 2, 2019. The show titled “Royalty Relived” featuring “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Smooth Criminal” by Micheal Jackson, and finally “Purple Rain” by Prince. The show of dedication to the show peered through when we got runner-up and brought the red map home to our little town. We know it may not be the first place, but we can not hide our joy and pride for this achievement. I am so proud of these kids and how hard they have worked not only together but to make the show what it was. Through both sweat and tears, we have risen through the odds and made them into stepping stones leading into a better, brighter future for our band and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

                                                                                                                     by Audrey Vinson

2019 Royalty Relived: New Year, New Opportunities

The Tribe of Indians Band at CHS begins work on 2019 season of the band. This will be the third season under the direction of Mr. Nick Tyler and things seem to be going up. As of now, the band has begun to schedule two June practices on the 5th and the 19th. This will get the students on the right track as they prepare for the beginning of band camp on July 15th. Band camp will be for two and a half weeks in July from 8am-5pm. The organization is reaching out to people to help provide donations such as Gatorade, wash clothes and tents as well as for people to help with providing lunch during the camp days.

“The community has been gracious during the past two years with helping out the students during band camp with needs and with lunches. We are grateful for the people we have and know that the community supports the arts in our school,” said Director Mr. Tyler


The show is called Royalty Relived, which will include Burning Love by Elvis Presley, Respect by Aretha Franklin, Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson and Purple Rain by Prince. This show will highlight the royalty of music that has defined the music of today. The show will have some features in each tune that will be in honor of the artist that the group performing. Not a lot of moment, but a lot of remembrance of the good old days.

When the students talked about ideas back in November with Mr. Tyler, he got a plethora of ideas. The students wanted a common theme of different styles within a show. The ideas they came up with were Elvis show, Michael Jackson Show, Ladies of Soul, Prince, Elle Goldening and Beyonce. After thinking, Mr. Tyler gathered some together and noticed that they had a common idea here. Elvis is known as the King of Rock and Roll, Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and Price seemed to fit right into this amazing set.


The band is already on the move with fundraisers this summer. On June 14th the kids will be working the Swamp Johns Seafood Truck at the Lions Den in Cherokee for the Lions Club Internation for Cherokee. Swamp Johns is a seafood restaurant that has locations in Muscle Shoals and Red Bay but also uses a food truck to do fundraisers for different organizations. The Lions Club has Swamp Johns food truck at the Lions Den the second Friday of the month, will plates being $11 for meat(Shrimp, Fish, Chicken), slaw, fries, hush puppies and a drink.  The Band will be helping serve the food for a donation from the Lions Club and donations from people as well. Come out to support the students in June

In July, the band will be bringing New South Wrestling to Cherokee. The Wrestling event will be July 13th at the Middle School Gym starting at 7:30pm with tickets only being at $10 each with the band profiting $3 for each ticket. The tickets will be first come, first serve with concessions being sold. It has been a long time since wrestling has been to Cherokee and Mr. Tyler believes that this will be the start of something new for the town to be a regular event. The event has already got a lot of attention on social media within a few days, which makes the event something to be proud of already.


July 15th-31st- Band Camp

July 31st- Band Camp Preview Show

August 22nd- First Game against R.A. Hubbard (Home)

September 2nd- Shoals Labor Day Parade (Tuscumbia)

September 28th- Russellville Band Competition

October 19th- Hayden Band Competition

November 2nd- State Marching Band Competition Hoover Al.


The Behind the Scenes: The Percussion

This group of students is our biggest redemption story to come into play so far.  The students have gone far and beyond for the band.  We started the year with four students with only one of them a veteran of the percussion, then we get the fifth member. We then lose a member due to moving to the next state. She was a quick learner on the snare, so we needed to find a replacement since we had already band camp. Lucky for us, we grabbed a male player that had a little bit of experience but was a quick learner as well.

Our members are Wyatt Wylie (12th Grade), Nick West (10th Grade), Will Kaye (10th Grade), Jerrad Keller (9th Grade) and Devan Vinson (8th Grade). The students had to change their set-up and relearn music, but they went strong on the halftime music as well as stand tunes.

                    “Last years line was unique in the way that they stepped up to the plate facing many new challenges with little experience,” said Gabriel Goodloe, Percussion instructor. “We have a strong young core of four returning players, with promising new talent.

The group this past year went through the marching/ parade season well and then transitioned into concert season, which the group still did not have a lot of experience. The group worked with Mr. Goodloe every Monday afternoons to work on their abilities on fundamentals as well as the music. This year at MPA, was our second MPA with Mr. Tyler, but our first MPA with the percussion.

“The percussionists have really come a long way and they brought their A game that day”- Mr. Tyler.

This coming up students, who will be announced on Friday, March 22nd is already wanting to push the bar up for the standard of the drumline. During this week, they continue to demonstrate quick knowledge and quick retention.

Behind the Scenes: The Brass

Another week, another look into the background of the band, this week it will be the brass. Our group of musicians has come a long way from the beginning of this season to this moment. They have grown musically and mentally through this journey of becoming a stronger section. Most of the section possesses students who are still young at making music, which makes the section something special.

The Brass section consists of Brayden Davis, (Freshmen Trumpet), Dillen Johnson, (Senior Horn) Emily-Sean Kumse (Junior Euphonium) Naomi Kumse (Freshmen Euphonium), Patrick Durham (Sophmore Euphonium), Thomas Maxwell (8th Grade Euphonium) and Ethan Smith (Sophomore Guitar and String Bass). This group of students continue to surprise and demonstrate their amazing ability to grow. The kids grow with every beat and every measure.

Right now, trumpet player Brayden Davis has been accepted to the University of North Alabama Honor Band. This is the beginning of his second year in the band, which is a huge accomplishment. This comes as senior member Dillen Johnson is preparing to leave, who was always involved in the honor bands.

“Dillen Johnson is a leader for the brass. The other students see how much he is involved and has grown as an individual. This continues to electrify the rest of the group.”

The other students are beginning to register for other events as well to continue their musical growth.

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.