Spirit of St. Louis Band marches again - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Spirit of St. Louis Band marches again

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

He dedicated his working life to music but even after Frank Harrell has retired, he's still using music to make a difference.

Members of the St. Louis High marching band gathers in the music room at school to practice Eye of the Tiger which is one of the songs they'll play when they march in the Epcot Parade at Disney World in a couple of weeks. It's a thrill especially considering that, though the school had a concert band, it's been years since they had a marching band. And it's, thanks to Frank Harrell who directed bands in the public schools for decades and then retired. But these days he has a new calling. " I love music. But I'm doing this because I know it can set values. It can set personalities on a path of positive living. I've always had a deep believe in students and what they can accomplish."

Ben Bernard says he and other students are learning so much from their veteran teacher. "Leadership, to never give up, to always push yourself to the limit."  Junior Jared Amiot agrees. "He doesn't ask much of us but when we do something he expects us to do it right and do it with dignity and discipline and just to take pride in everything we do." Bernard says Harrell is truly a positive influence on the students.  "I think he was definitely called by God to come to us and come help bring this band up."

And for Harrell, well, being here helping to teach and guide, what could be more satisfying? He says, "I don't feel younger but I feel young at heart because I'm still being a part of these young people's lives and watching them grow that is so much fun!"

 Challenges lie ahead-- needs such as equipment, uniforms and expenses. But his faith gives him the confidence to march ahead.

For the first time in 25 years, the St. Louis band participated in District 5 Band and Orchestra Directors' Large Ensemble Festival this year. The band received a superior rating in performance.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    Sunday, June 24 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-06-25 00:10:42 GMT
    De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-06-24 16:51:49 GMT

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

    More >>

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

    More >>
  • Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:31:14 GMT
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
Powered by Frankly