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.

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.