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CHS bands represent in All-State, All-County

CHS bands represent in All-State, All-County

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang

December 22, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

With over 30 percent of all CHS band students involved in either All-State or All-County Band, it is no wonder that CHS has won many awards for its performing arts. Beginning practice in January and February of 2016, the All-State and All-County Bands are just a few of the many outside ensembles...

Student art spotlight: Kennedy Gray

Student art spotlight: Kennedy Gray

By Michael Fox, Editor-in-Chief

December 22, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

All of the participants in the highly competitive Churchill’s Got Talent (CHSGT) show were impressive, with acts ranging from band performances to dancing to beatboxing. However, senior Kennedy Gray had just enough talent to sing her way into the winner’s circle. Gray sang a nearly perfect version...

Band caroling spreads cheer

Band caroling spreads cheer

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

December 15, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Right before students and staff leave for winter break, on Dec. 23, students from CHS band will spread the holiday cheer by caroling around the school during lunch and afternoon classes. The caroling tradition began three years ago and has been kept alive by students. When she was a freshmen, current...

Coldplay release new album

Coldplay release new album

By Sarah O'Brien, production editor

December 10, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

The National Football League (NFL) recently announced that Coldplay will be playing in the 50th Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 2016, with the help of other unannounced artists. “I think they will have a better performance than most,” junior Srikar Kolla said. Coldplay also released their...

Teachers list their favorite songs from their playlists

Teachers list their favorite songs from their playlists

By Sarah O'brien, Production Editor

November 25, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Kevin Brown English and AP Lang teacher Kevin Brown likes rock songs with masculine singers, that give meaning to their words. Here are his favorite songs: 1) “Black” by Pearl Jam 2)“Where Did You Sleep Last Night” by Nirvana 3)These next two were a tie for Brown, both performed by the...

Student Art Spotlight: A Noteworthy Musician

Student Art Spotlight: A Noteworthy Musician

By Sarah O'Brien, Production Editor

November 25, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Samantha Locraft knows the keys to success and has been fine tuning her skills on the clarinet for the past nine years. Locraft currently plays in the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Philharmonic, Young Artists of America (YAA) Orchestra and the CHS pit band. Clarinet is Locraft’s...

Logic’s “The Incredible True Story” Review: 9.5/10

Logic’s “The Incredible True Story” Review: 9.5/10

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

November 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Featuring thunderous lyrics, stellar production and a brilliant concept, Logic’s The Incredible True Story is a tour de force and an outstanding follow-up to his debut record Under Pressure. The Gaithersburg-born emcee released the album Nov. 13 to great fanfare. Preceded by singles “Young Jesus,...

CHS musicians work to attain college scholarships

By Peter Durand, Social Media Editor

October 29, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Scholarships often bring to mind thoughts of athletics, internships, and academic merit. However, music is a significant means of attracting prestigious schools and scholarships. Many of Churchill’s top musicians go on to pursue music in college, with about five percent of seniors in the music program...

Landmark Music Festival raises awareness for Natinal Mall

Landmark Music Festival raises awareness for Natinal Mall

By Sarah O'brien, Productin Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

This past weekend, D.C. lovers congregated in West Potomac Park for the Landmark Music Festival to raise money for the National Mall. The National Mall is underfunded yet highly visited, so The Trust for the National Mall is attempting to restore and preserve the monuments that are deteriorating....

Theater department under new management as Ratz takes the stage

Theater department under new management as Ratz takes the stage

By Sara Heimlich, Social Media Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Naomi Ratz, former English teacher and current Yearbook advisor, has big plans and high expectations for the theater department as she takes over as theater director this year. Ratz has graduate degrees in both English Education and Theater Education, and has always dreamed about becoming a theater te...

Drumline is Bangin’

Drumline is Bangin’

By Fiona Asbury, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Despite its hard-to-miss presence, the drumline is perhaps one of the most underappreciated aspects of the CHS community. Led by senior captains Leo Simon, Zach Eisner and Shayan Sadegh, the drumline consists of 18 percussionists who gather to rally student support at CHS events. The drumline is not...

Junior Performs at Luncheon for Chinese President

Junior Performs at Luncheon for Chinese President

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

September 28, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music, Observations, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Sept. 25, junior trombonist Ethan Shrier performed at a luncheon co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to welcome China’s president Xi Jinping on his visit to the U.S. Shrier, as part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO), was invited...

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