Cosby High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools


The Legend Began in 2006

The band is a cross-section of the student body consisting of students who take a variety of different academic programs, students who are club and class officers, and students who represent Cosby on the various athletic teams. The main emphasis in this band program is on musical skills and these will be showcased in both the marching and concert activities that the band performs in. All students playing musical instruments are welcomed into this program. Each student is directly responsible for and controls his/her success by the effort they put forth in the band program. Participation in all aspects of the program from each member (marching and concert) is desired and expected, and several of the offered band classes have the Titan Marching Band membership as a prerequisite for admission into those classes.

Non-instrumentalist students are welcomed into the program as members of the color guard (flag corps). This is a great way for those students who don’t play a band instrument to be involved in this vibrant and growing band program!! This group hosts tryouts in May of each school year.

Student leadership is an important part of the Titan band. Band members are able to get more involved in their band by taking an officership in the Cosby band council or strive for auditioned or selected positions such as drum major, drum captain, flag captain, or one of the various section leaders.

The Cosby Titan Band is a great activity for every student to participate in. It is a place where teamwork and self-discipline is learned and emphasized and where the life skills learned will enhance the student’s high school experience. Membership will greatly assist the member for success after high school.

Cosby Chorus Department Basic History

  • Established in the Fall of 2006 by the current Choral Director Mrs. Heather Andre with the Award Winning Chamber Ensemble, Mixed

Show Choir Spotlight with the Cosby Show Band (the Sound Machine), Treble Concert Choir, and Vivace

  • In the Fall of 2007, the CCD added the Award Winning Unisex Show Choir Rhapsody
  • In the 2009-2010 School Year, Mrs. Andre co-taught with Mrs. Robyn Kim (Current Choral Director at Manchester HS)
  • In the 2010-2011 School Year, Mrs. Andre co-taught with Mr. Leroy Hughes (Current Choral Director at Meadowbrook)
  • One year after Mrs. Ripley came in the 2011-2012 School Year, Serenade began its Journey in the CCD in the Fall of 2012
  • In the 2013-2014 School Year, two members of Spotlight Noah Strickler and Jake Lemley helped to create the After School Men’s A Capella Group Vitality, which developed into an class two years later with the help of Mr. Ames.
  • In the 2016-2017 School Year, the CCD added the Award Winning Cosby Men’s Choir (MC) which became the replacement of the After School Men’s acapella group Vitality.
  • During the 2017-2018 School Year, Cosby hosted an successful All District Chorus event, which was the first time in the department’s 12 year history.
  • For the first time in 2019, Men’s Choir competed in the Acapella Division at Thomas Dale and they received 2nd Place in the Division.
  • Currently in its 13th year, Mrs. Heather Andre and Mrs. Peggy Ripley are the Choral Director(s) at Cosby High

Choral Directors at CHS: Heather Andre and Peggy Ripley

In guitar class, you will learn to play tabs and standard music notation, chords, classical and current popular music styles. Beginner to intermediate levels.

The Orchestra is directed by Christopher Johnston. To contact Mr. Johnston email him at [email protected]

If you have any questions regarding the Performing Arts Department, please contact Department Chair, Rob Ellis via email at [email protected]

Cosby Orchestra Performance/Rehearsal Dates 2021-2022

**Mandatory for all orchestra members
*Mandatory for concert orchestra

Sept. 26
SRO Online Audition – audition must be submitted to Mr. Johnston

Oct. 5
All-County Honors Orchestra Application due

Oct. 23
All-County Honors Orchestra Event – @ Thomas Dale HS (application required)

Nov. 12-13
SRO event for those selected @ E.C Glass High School

Nov. 16
Dress/tux money due – see announcement/handout

**Dec. 7
Rehearsal after school (3-5 p.m.) for all orchestra students

**Dec. 8
Winter Concert 7:00 p.m. – Arrive 6:15 p.m. – Formal attire – $7 tickets

Jan. 8
Central Regional Orchestra Auditions @ Moody MS ($6 audition fee – 9th grade)

Recruitment performance trip to Elementary schools

Jan. 28-29
Central Regional Orchestra Event @ TBD

Feb. 20
All State Orchestra Auditions at JMU (for those who make SRO)

*March 9
State Festival Assessment @ TBD (Concert Orchestra only)

April 22-24
All State Orchestra

**May TBD
After school for all orchestra students (3-5 p.m.)

**May TBD
Spring Concert 7:00 p.m.

Graduation performance

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