If you drive by Dalton High School's football stadium on a home game Friday night, you are likely to hear the roars of crowds, the whistles of officials, and, if you are lucky, the sounds of jazz and Latin music as the mighty Catamount Band takes the field for halftime. Their show, this season, features the music of Michael Bublé and shines the spotlight on an outstanding auxiliary percussion section. There are 120 members in the band, this year. Director David Henry, now in his 13th year on the podium, says they love what they do in Dalton. They support the Cats on Friday night and do the band on Saturday. Their big semi trailer emblazoned with the Catamount Band logo tells you they are serious about their craft and lets you know the level of community support.
The group is planning about three competitions in October. Stay tuned for announcements on exactly where and when. If you would like to follow them or maybe even help out with some of their expenses, search Dalton Band on Facebook or find them online at: daltonband.com
Mr. Henry says they worked hard at a hot band camp and their effort shows. You will forgive him if he seems to be a tough critic. In what may be my favorite story from bands across the Tennessee Valley, Henry is a Dalton High alumni, Class of `78, who returned to drive this group to new heights. Henry played French horn/mellophone during his days as a Catamount. When asked if that tends to be his favorite section in the band, just by default, he answers with a wink and smile that he has been accused of writing the mellophones the best parts in his arrangements, but does not know if there is any truth to that rumor.
Excellent job Dalton Catamount Band, our Friday Night Football week five Band of the Week!