By Curt Yeomans
Damarcus Bell's head turned when he heard a trash can's wheels creak as they rolled across the floor of North Clayton High School's cafeteria last week.
While it was just background noise to other people walking by the cafeteria, Bell said there was more to the sound. It was music, he said.
"It's all around us," said Bell, one of North Clayton High School's two STAR Students for 2009-2010. "It's in nature. It's in the random sounds we hear every day. Even in the most unexpected places and situations, music is there."
Bell, an Ellenwood native who attends North Clayton so he can participate in its International Baccalaureate program, has a 4.2 grade-point average, while also juggling his involvement in a dozen different clubs and programs at the school.
He holds memberships with a variety of clubs and teams, including the Drama Club, Poetry Club, Math Club, BETA Club, Spanish Club, Literacy Team and the National Honor Society.
He is also North Clayton's Executive Student Body president, and is a member of the school's band and chorus programs. He has been a drum major for North Clayton's marching band for the past two years.
"Trumpet is my primary instrument, but I play all the other instruments as well," Bell said.
Music is his passion. He's been offered academic scholarships to Florida A&M University, Howard University and Morehouse College, but he is also considering attending New York University, and the Berklee College of Music. He plans to double major in vocal performance and music composition in college.
"Right now, I want to be a classical singer, and a composer, and a producer, and a songwriter, and an arranger," Bell said. "It's my passion. It's just as natural to me as breathing."