Canfield concert band names new conductor

Staff report


Brian T. Harris of Struthers has been named the conductor of the Canfield Community Concert Band.

Harris has a master’s degree of music in instrumental conducting from Youngstown State University (2010) and a bachelor of science in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2003).

While attending YSU, he worked with the Stambaugh Area Youth Concert Band and was the assistant director of the Lakeview High School marching band.

Harris is the director of music at Cardinal Mooney High School. Previously, he was director of bands at Blossburg Elementary/North Penn Junior-Senior High School in Blossburg, Pa.; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Pa.; and Lockerman Middle School in Denton, Md.

Harris has directed marching band, concert band and jazz band and has taught music history and theory. A member of the Ohio Music Educators Association, Harris has participated in several conducting symposiums in Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as at the Midwest Clinic band and orchestra conference in Chicago.

In addition to being a trombonist, Harris gives private instruction and has composed and arranged a variety of pieces for band and ensembles. The Derry, Pa., native lives in Struthers with his wife, Melanie.

Harris said he would like to encourage area musicians to join the band.

“Any musician who is in high school or older is welcome to come and play with the band,” he said. “We have a lot of fun and we play well. If you’re still in high school or college, it is a great way to keep your abilities fresh over the summer months.”

Audiences should look forward to music of different styles and time periods from slow, classical works to music from the movies. The first free concert of the 2012 summer season will be at 7 p.m. May 15 at Copeland Oaks in Sebring.

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