Tarpley Band Member Spotlight: Erica Perez, Canyon High School

Erica Perez

Erica Perez


Canyon High School

According to Canyon High School Band Director Mike Sheffield, the distinction of being this week’s Band Member Spotlight student belongs to 17-year-old, soon-to-be senior Erica Perez.

Sheffield’s nomination says “Erica has been a never-say-die member of the Canyon HS Soaring Pride Band. She has marched contests with a broken foot, performed at a group event right after surgery, and sacrificed numerous hours for her team. She does not let people down. Currently she is slated to be our color guard captain for the 2017-18 (school year).”

Erica, daughter of Tod and Cheri Botcher, said that she and her family have lived in Canyon since she was 6 years old when they relocated there from Germantown, Tenn.

An interest in trying something new after playing flute for two years led Erica to try out for the Color Guard at the end of her eighth-grade year. She made the team and fell in love with it and also with performing.

What does she think of performing with her teammates? “It is so amazing,” she said, adding that they are all very close.

Erica’s future aspirations include attending Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, where she intends to study Pre-Med and start a color guard team for the Pep Band.

Erica’s hobbies include hanging out with friends at the movies or bowling. She works at Palo Duro Animal Hospital in Canyon and also competes on the Vet Science Team with Future Farmers of America.

Erica says her secrets to success are supportive parents, friends, Band Director Mike Sheffield and his wife. Additionally “being a little stubborn, honestly.”

Dad Tod also sees that Erica works hard and stays focused and has always been the type to stay busy all of the time. He shared that she has the ability to get along with everybody and, if anyone needs someone to help or step up, she is always right there.