Wildcat Tales

Band and orchestra combine for ‘Pops by the Pond’

Rachel Zhang, Staff Writer

May 22, 2014

Each year, orchestra combines with a part of band to present Pops by the Pond, an outdoor concert which features songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and the Phantom of the Opera, among other modern music. This year,...

Mr. Plano contestant: Ryan Hsu (Mr. Orchestra)

February 8, 2013

Q: What charity would you pick if you won? Why? A: I would probably pick St. Jude’s, because it’s a major organization. I want to help kids or individuals that need help on a daily basis. Kids are our future and we want...

Enough to break my heart

Rachel Chen, Featured Columnist

October 4, 2012

     The sound of my violin echoes off the wall in an almost-surreal manner. It is 10 times louder in this practice room than the ones I am used to. I feel claustrophobic too, even though this room is bigger. My heart is beating...

Orchestra UIL

Kathleen Shaffer, Staff Writer

February 28, 2012

Buses will load students on Feb. 29 and March 1 to transport the full orchestra and philharmonic orchestra to Allen High School for the annual UIL competition. During UIL three judges will rate the groups based on three pieces...

Orchestra Solo and Ensemble: The musicians’ look

Yeesoo Lee, Staff Writer

January 26, 2012

Wildcat Tales: How did you prepare for the competition? Junior Schuman Chen: Every week Mr. Coatney gave us a day, sometimes two days, to practice our ensemble music with our group, so we basically took advantage of that work day. ...

Keepin’ It Clean

Shezal Padani, Staff Writer

December 8, 2011

Born and raised in a traditional Mexican family, head janitor Jacob Ortiz Osorio moved to America in Dec. 1999 with his ultimate goal to move back to his home country. “[My goal is] to finish my house in Mexico, save...