Copperas Cove: 1st Cavalry Division band collaborates with high school students

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The 1st Cavalry Division band held their “Christmas with the Cav” concert at Lea Ledger Auditorium in Copperas Cove on Friday night.

Decela Montoya (middle) is a junior in the Copperas Cove High School band. Her grandfather used to be a conductor for the Army band.

The event wasn’t just all about the band, however, as some local high school students from Copperas Cove high school performed alongside the soldiers.

One of the student performers, Decela Montoya, learned all about music from her grandfather. He used to be the conductor for the band and passed away back in 2014.

“It was just all music with him,” she said.

“He would teach things to me and my brother and take us to see orchestras. I just know performing and music meant a lot to him, so this means a lot more. I feel closer to him.”

Montoya says she knows her grandfather is proud of her and her musical talents. She plans on majoring in music when she goes to college.