Cougar Band Update

Welcome, MARCH!

Non-Varsity PRE-UIL Performance THIS THURSDAY!

Thursday, March 5th is our PRE-UIL Concert & Sightreading evaluation @ Sachse HS. Please sign up to chaperone OR plan to attend as an audience member. This is our only performance before UIL, so we need all the support we can get!

Please see the info sheet below that will go home with your student this week.

Band Practice-athon

Check out the packet your child received in band this week OR look at the file below! This is our very FIRST Coyle Band Practice-athon Fundraiser, and we are hoping for it to be a VERY SUCCESSFUL fundraiser for our students. Plenty of prizes are at stake, including a FREE trip to Splash Kingdom when we travel there in May!

2020 GISD Summer Band Camp

We are SO excited to invite our Coyle band students to join us at summer band camp again this year! The kids had a great time and learned a lot last year. These flyers are starting to go home this week. NO MONEY IS DUE at the time of registration. You will submit your child's camp registration through the google form that will be sent out on March 13th. We will give details on how to submit your payment at a later date on Skyward. More details to come VERY soon! :)
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RHS Percussion & Jazz Concert

Our CMS Honors (Varsity) Percussion students will be a part of the wonderful Rowlett HS Percussion & Jazz Band Concert on Thursday, March 19th! Varsity percussion families should read the flyer (included below). All others are invited to attend for FREE!
8th GRADE Band parents/students CLICK HERE!

8th grade parents need to submit this form for their child. This information gives our GISD High School band directors a great opportunity to plan for next year. Please take a couple of minutes to submit this form!

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Have you paid your child's BAND FEES?

The most recent additions to your child's CHARMS account include $15 BAND SHIRTS (mostly beginners who needed a shirt for pictures) and $25 SOLO ACCOMPANIST fees. Please make sure you submit your child's fee payments as soon as possible. Payments may be made via using PayPal. You may also submit a check (payable to Coyle Band Boosters), cash, or money order to the band mailbox.

Weekly Practice Records

All students should be updating daily practice minutes on their BLUE practice record each day. Parents, please make sure you are asking your child to sign his/her practice record EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT so that he/she may receive full credit. The grade scale is listed on every record. This is 15% of every student's band average.

Please see the file BELOW for the newest Practice Record.

Varsity & Non-Varsity REQUIRED Sectionals Continue!

NON-VARSITY & VARSITY sectionals began January 13th! This schedule accommodates our needs in preparation for upcoming UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluation. Each sectional is a QUIZ grade and may possibly include an additional chair test grade, depending on the lesson plan for the week. Students should arrive @ 7:30AM for morning sectionals and as soon as they are dismissed from school for those that have afternoon sectionals. All students should enter the room prepared on all UIL music and ready to start promptly.

PLEASE SEE THE FILE BELOW FOR THE UPDATED SCHEDULE. All Varsity & Non-Varsity students also have this schedule in their band binders.

Are you receiving REMIND texts from us?!?

Go to (or download the app) to join our CMS Band Remind: @coylemsb

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Do you know an incoming COYLE 6th/7th/8th grader that is interested in joining BAND?

Please share the sign up genius link with incoming COYLE families! Beginning Band is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grade COYLE student.

Our instrument selection events are on MARCH 25 & 28.

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Private lessons are one of the keys to a successful band program!

Our lesson staff is made up of professional musicians who specialize in your child's instrument. Lessons are $18, once a week, and usually during your child's band class. Please see or to obtain a new lesson form. Forms are due to the band office ASAP.

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CLICK HERE to update your contact information!

This is where you can view the updated band calendar, update your contact info, make payments, and much more! school code: coylemsband student area password: GISD ID number (when prompted, add the letter "s" in front of your child's ID number)

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All students should now have a login. Instructions on how to login:

{Remember to use CHROME as your browswer}

Go to

Click on "login".

Click on the left picture for "New Smart Music".

Type your GISD email in the "username or email" section.

Type your password (every password *should* be Smartmusic).

Ask your band student to log in and show you his/her assignments or what they have been practicing. This is such an important practice tool to help our students advance on their instruments!

Practice with your FRIEND!

We love to see our Coyle Cougar Band members practicing in fun & unique ways.

How do YOU make practicing fun?!?!? Submit pictures to us @!


There is ALWAYS something to practice!

Here are specific items each band should be working on right now:

Beginners: 30+ minutes/day

Musical Mastery

Sound Innovations Book

Scales (ask your child about the Scale DONUTS!)

Smart Music: SOLOS & Full Band music (ask your child which selections we work on in class!)

Woodwind/Brass chair tests are on the first day of every week!

Percussionists have videos due EVERY DAY in Google Classroom.

Non-Varsity: 30+ minutes/day

Honor March (on SMART MUSIC!)

Night Fury (LISTEN HERE:

The Spacious Firmament on High (LISTEN HERE:

Varsity: 30+ minutes/day

Butterfly's Ball

El Zorro Rojo

On the Kerry Shore


March 5 Pre-UIL Contest @ Sachse HS (Non-Varsity)

March 9-13 Spring Break

March 19 RHS Percussion/Jazz Concert


March 25 Instrument Drive

March 26 Pre-UIL Contest @ Sachse HS (Varsity)

March 28 Instrument Drive

March 30 CMS Band Parent Meeting @6:30PM

March 31, April 1-2 UIL Contest (Non-Varsity; Date TBD)

April 4 RHS Silent Auction (Varsity band performs)

April 16-17 UIL Contest (Varsity; Date TBD)

April 25 Beginning Solo & Ensemble Contest @ CMS (Beginning Band performs; Others volunteer)

Remember to sync your smart phone/device with the CHARMS calendar or check out the calendar at for all band events!