Drill Competition Season Is Here!


Photo by Kylie Kesler

Kylie Kesler

It’s that time of year again, and unless you’ve been living under a rock you know the Azurettes competition season is right around the corner. The Copper Hills Azurettes have had a long history winning state, seven years in a row, with an impeccable reputation for excellence. It’s been three years since that title was lost, but the Azurettes are back and better than ever.


In 1996, Copper Hills introduced our drill team. At first the team didn’t have a name. It took months until the very first coach got inspiration from the copper mines surrounding the school. Azurite is a blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper, so with adding an ‘ettes’ to the end, Azurettes became the official name!  


This year the team has started off fresh with a whole new coaching staff led by Megan Southwick, the new head coach along with Aubrey Birrell and Madisyn Chinn as the new assistant coaches. Believe it or not the assistant coaches know a thing or two about drill here at Copper Hills. They are Azurette alumni! 


“When the opportunity presented itself, I knew it was one I couldn’t pass up. It’s brought back a lot of great memories, and I never would’ve imagined I’d be back as a coach,” Madisyn Chinn said. All the coaches commented on how excited they are to see this team compete together this season and see all their hard work pay off. 


The Azurettes practice six days a week on A and B days. You can see them working hard from six in the morning way before school even starts and practicing late after school hours. The team has been practicing for this upcoming season since May of this year and won’t stop until the day of state, that day every drill team in Utah leaves their blood, sweat, and tears onto the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Each team will perform three routines. 


Starting off with Military, a sharp intense routine that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Then dance routine, a fun, hard hitting jazz routine that makes you want to get out on that floor and dance with the team! And finally Show, an entertaining jazz/hip hop routine. This routine is a character routine. This year the team’s character is Tron. Most people wait all year to find out the different characters from all the different teams in the state!  “Copper Hills Drill Team is a legacy and I am so honored to be a part of it!” Aubrey Birrell stated. 


So many people look forward to seeing this group of girls come together and show off what they have been working so hard on and carry on the legacy and title of being the Azurettes.