In Dalton, GA, there is a new high school called where the band is building traditions from scratch. Director David Keith, who says it has always been a goal to start a program, got his wish with Coahulla Creek. Its doors opened in 2011 and already the band program is up to 57 students. Losing only 7 seniors at the end of the school year will help grow even more next year.
The halftime show, this season, featured music from the 1970's. Familiar tunes were included, such as:" Crazy on You by Heart, Aerosmith's Dream on, and Call Me by Blondie. Asked how he gets the band kids excited to play pop music, on the charts well before they were born, he says the arrangements come from Tom Wallace who also writes for the Redcoat marching Band from the University of Georgia. His modern spin makes the classics newly exciting for this generation, as well.
At eh Blue Ridge mountain Marching Festival at Fannin County High School, this group scored straight Superior ratings! In addition to competitions, the band played every home and away football game.
That is where you may notice the most interesting and creative thing about the group. Coahulla Creek High School has official colors (blue and silver), and they have a mascot (the colts), but as of yet, they do not have a fight song. And the band is not the "Marching Something-er-others" or the "Pride of the Whatnots," they are simply the Coahulla Creek High School Marching Band; for now. Mr. Keith says he wants those things to happen naturally. He does not want to force things, rather opting for an occurrence to lend a story to tell for generations to come. And they look forward to letting just the right song and the right name click. Awesome.
They played the Dalton Veterans Day Parade and will return to march the Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 5th. Our thanks to Mr. Keith and the Coahulla Creek Marching Band for being our Friday Night Football Band of the Week!
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