Story courtesy of Adrian News Leader
Cooper Sams is relatively new to playing in the Adrian High School Blackhawks marching and concert bands. Through hard work and determination, and under the guidance of Mrs. Sydney Ware, Cooper made great strides in the group. He said, “I’ve been playing my instrument for a little over a year. I play Euphonium but I also play guitar outside of school.
On Saturday, February 5, 2022, Cooper performed at the Honors Brass Symposium at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg! What a major achievement! Cooper shared the details of his day at UCM: “Today (February 5th) was just a short practice and then a gig. We had about a week before practicing music at home, so it went well.
Cooper shared his thoughts on being in a band and what it means to him. He said, “The music, just seeing how all the parts come together to make the piece, is very interesting. And being able to hear every little bit and see how it’s different adds a lot, the feeling is way better than just listening to a song on the internet. You really feel the music. It’s a great way to put your effort into something and be able to see progress over time. It’s a great way to stay active and build skills over time. Band teacher Sydney Ware acknowledged Cooper’s commitment to the band. She said: “I am so proud of everything Cooper has accomplished over the past 2 school years. Cooper has spent so many hours training in the short time he has been in the band. He always strives to be the best and work his best no matter what! I can’t wait to see where Cooper’s dedication and hard work will take him. Congratulations to Cooper Sams!”
When asked if he wanted to express his appreciation, Cooper said, “I should thank the Carolyn Yoss Foundation for being able to provide me with my instrument. And thanks to my manager Mrs. Ware and of course my family for taking me through all this stuff.