Canfield musicians earn state distinction


Neighbors | Submitted.Canfield High School band members Michael Barkett (trumpet), Alicia Smith (oboe) and Emily Damelio (oboe) pose with OBDC Honors Band guest conductor Timothy Rhea, director of bands at Texas A&M University. The honors band performed during the 40th annual Ohio Band Director’s Conference held at the University of Akron on Dec. 3.

More than 70 Ohio high school students, including several from Canfield High School, participated in the University of Akron School of Music’s 40th annual Ohio Band Director’s Conference (OBDC) Dec. 2 and 3.

More than 140 high students from all across Ohio submitted applications and recorded auditions. Of those applicants, 70 were selected to perform with this very prestigious ensemble.

Canfield was represented with the selection of junior Michael Barkett on trumpet, sophomore Emily Damelio on oboe and senior Alicia Smith on oboe.

Barkett and Smith furthered Canfield’s distinction by being selected as Principal or First Chair players of their sections.

The honors band was directed by guest conductor Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands, at Texas A&M University.

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