Thank You Lions Club

Hello everyone,

I would like to take the time to say thank you to our Lions Club in Cherokee, AL. First, we have two of our students, one is an alumnus and the other student is a Senior in the Band this year.

Lions Club Students

Left, Chloe Franks, Right Noah Montgomery

Each chapter of the Lions Club around the state of Alabama were asked to send people in the band or sponsor someone. The Lions Club of Cherokee choose, Cherokee’s own, Chloe Franks, alumnus, and Noah Montgomery, Senior. Also joining them was Colbert County and son of the Superintendent of Colbert County, MJ Satchel. They left and headed to Birmingham on Wednesday where they had a rehearsal with all of the other members that were chosen from the other Lions Club Chapters. They  had rehearsals and departed for the parade in Chicago, IL. These students were led by Birmingham Southern Director of Band Ginger Zingara, in which the students learned a lot about themselves and about music. Mrs. Zingara was also joined by different teachers and professors from around the Birmingham Metro area.

Lions Club Chloe

Lions Club Noah

The students had a chance tonight to discuss their gratitude to the Lions Club and talk about their favorite part of the trip. We also had some parents from our area go on the trip as well. Both of Chloe’s parents Janice and Kenneth Franks as well as the parents of MJ Satchel.

Lions Club Pres.

During this meeting, our Lions Club voted to donate money toward the Uniform Fund to get the money toward the new uniforms of Cherokee High School Tribe of Indians. The Lions Club is also going to donate water and Gatorade for the students for band camp, which is happening next week. The Lions Club is doing great things in the community and I cannot wait to see what other great deeds that we can both do for each other.

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: 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.


The Behind the Scenes: 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.


Making Music Together

Most people are aware that making music brings people together, but not everyone knows the ideal depth of how it brings people together. The Tribe of Indians Band at CHS is currently preparing for the Music Performance Assessment (MPA) at the beginning of March at the University of  North Alabama. While during preparing for the judged performance, different guest teachers have been by to talk and work with Mr. Tyler and the band. The music that the Tribe of Indians Concert Band will be performing is New Forest March by Johnnie Vinson, Pevensey Castle by Robert Sheldon and Quintus by Larry Clark.


“Music brings people together and when talking with music teachers, we all have the same goal, which is to help the students become better musicians. Many teachers, retired or current, have the pleasure to help students regardless of bands. I reached out to veteran teachers to see if they can give some insight for the students and for myself and we got some great responses.”  says Mr. Tyler.


The first guest teacher was Bob Reinlie, Former Band Director in the Shoals area, who came and worked with the details to make the performance better. Mr. Reinlie did not know any of the students at CHS, but he has the same passion as Mr. Tyler, which is to make the students better musicians one step at a time. The students had an open mind about what Mr. Reinlie was asking of them and well as changing some stuff that they were currently doing. Mr. Reinlie was able to bring in some insight into the styles and balance of the music which are some American pieces and some come from British composers. Mr. Tyler mentions that as a young teacher, it is amazing to get insight from experts and people who have more experience in the music. He used to work with small bands, so this was a comfort zone for Mr. Reinlie.


The second guest teacher was Dr, Phil Bonds. Dr. Bonds is now the saxophone professor at UNA but was once the band director at Cherokee High School back in the ’80s. Mr. Tyler, mentions that it was great to have him around in the band hall and help the students. The students enjoyed being taught from a man that used to work at the school and teach students just like them in that band hall. Dr. Bonds helped the students with balance as well and was able to really connect with the group. He helped focus with the group with articulations in the music to match the style that it needed to be. When Dr. Bonds took the podium with the band, they were extremely engaged with the teacher.

“It is crazy that one teacher, like myself, could say the same thing every time and every day all day, but it does not seem to stick, but when someone else like Dr, Bonds mentions it, then it clicked with the students. I was talking to former Band Director, Mike Brown, who said that sometimes it takes someone else to reconfirm to the students that the teacher is in fact knowledgeable.” -Mr. Tyler


The music seems to bring people from different walks of life together and unites people in hard times. All directors at some point in time have been a first or second-year teacher at one time and they have all had moments where they needed help from more experienced teachers. It is incredible that all of the students with different teachers have all come from different parts of life and parts of the world, but they are able to unite and make music together. Even just thinking about the teachers, these are all people who are different ages and different areas of life but work together to make something great happen to the next generations.