Ms. Elaine Blevins took over as the director at Forest High School in 1988. Ms. Blevins brought some new ideas and energy to the small program including a band officer camp at Ft. Wilderness, creating a freshmen-only band class to recruit new players and focus on fundamentals, as well as having the advanced band participate in the Kathleen Concert Festival. At the Kathleen Concert Festival, the FHS band recieved a superior rating and the Outstanding Band of the Day Trophy. During Summer camps, alumni participation and assistance was at an all time high. Despite new successes, the band program continued to struggle with increasing it's enrollment and raising its ratings at FBA events.
Ms. Blevins left Forest in 1991 to pursue other opportunities.