Calhoun High's Red Devil Marching Band is back in business this week, despite declining enrollment. New band director Harry Beall is enthusiastic about his group of 26 musicians, not including four or five students who are part of the majorette squad. "These guys are really into doing a good job, and I'm going to try and help them," said Beall.

Harry Beall, Red Devil Band Director

Members studying marching formations

Beall said he is still calling for kids who play an instrument from middle school through grade 12 to come and participate in band camp. "It's not too late," he said.

Friday the band, which started Band Camp on Monday, was studying marching formations.

Bands and music in high school have been taking a back seat to block scheduling, funding concerns, the lack of a feeder program, among other issues. The once large CHS Red Devil Marching Band of years gone by is but a memory, or the days when emphasis was permitted for a music master like Joe Wilt to bring most of the student body to heights of participation in the 70's and 80's.

"We really care about music and this band," said Beall. "We'll work hard to make it a rewarding thing."

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