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84 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 Stefanie Davis plays flute during band practice on the football field. In his 12th year as music director at Cape Henlopen High School, Barry Eli us- es a loudspeaker system during practices to stay in touch with all 150 members of the marching band. Angie Moon photos Cape's Marching Band They practice on weekdays, perform at football games on Friday nights, and march in parades on Saturdays. They're talented, enthusiastic student musicians and marchers who work together as one Cape Henlopen High School Marching Band to provide a backbone of enthusiasm for a variety of high school and community events. Barry Eli, Cape's 12-year-veteran music director, said this year's band in- cludes 150 students involved in the band, flag corps and drum major group. "That's about 18 percent of the entire student body and makes us - schoolwise - the largest school band in Sussex, maybe the state. Students and parents see the band as a good thing to be part of. We take trips, play at games and in parades. It's a good group to be in for developing social skills and being successful." Based on present trends, Cape Band numbers will only go up in the next few years. "I expect 180 to 190 kids out for band next year," said Eli. "We have a small number of seniors who will be graduating and a large number of eighth graders com- ing in next year. It's great that it's so popular and the kids do a great job. But we're starting to run out of room now. We're going to have to find more practice space." Cape's Marching Band will play an abbreviated show during homecoming festiv- ities Friday, Oct. 17, and perform its full halftime show at the Friday, Oct. 31, foot- ball game in the Cape Henlopen High School stadium. Susan Clark performs as part of the flag corps during Friday night's game at Seaford. Enthusiasm reigns in the Cape High Marching Band, which provides a potent cheering sectio for the school's varsity football team. Shown at  a recent game (l- r) are Dawn Cintavey, Ashley Wagamon, Sarah Shields and Christina Hopkins. Cape band members, like horn player Jillian Steele, often get lost in the focus of their music. The band practices hard for its public perfor- mances.