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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...

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 Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

CHS Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Observations, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The CHS Choral Music Department had its first concert, entitled “More Than Words.” Oct. 12. The title was meant to signify the connection between poetry and music lyrics, which was reflected in the pieces that each group performed. Different ensembles sang pieces of poetry, such as works by Edgar...

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....

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...

Ed Sheeran ignites crowd at Verizon Center

Ed Sheeran ignites crowd at Verizon Center

By Maya Rosenberg, Social Media Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Eighteen thousand people filled the Verizon Center Sept. 22 to watch flame haired singer – songwriter Ed Sheeran perform the first of his two shows in DC. Christina Perri, the opening act, warmed up the crowd with her well known love ballad, “A Thousand Years”. The entire arena lit up from the...

Jazz ensemble holds annual winter coffeehouse

Jazz ensemble holds annual winter coffeehouse

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

December 15, 2014


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives

The CHS Jazz Ensemble held its annual winter coffeehouse Dec. 12. The theme of the coffeehouse was a 1970s throwback. The band room was completely transformed, with tables set up where the audience could sit and lights strung all over the room. Admission and food were free and all food was provided...

‘Blast’ returns to the past with ‘American Bandstand’

‘Blast’ returns to the past with ‘American Bandstand’

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

December 3, 2012


Filed under Features

What we now know as Blast, CHS’s epic annual musical review, was originally designed to be a blast from the past—a show comprised of and dedicated to music from previous decades. Although in recent years it has veered off this path with long sets of contemporary music, it is returning to its roots t...

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