Piccolo palooza tries to break world record

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The color guard placed the flag before the Canfield Community Concert Band played at Austintown Park on June 27.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The Canfield Community Concert Band welcomed piccolo players to try and break the record of most piccolos present playing "Stars and Stripes."

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Austintown Trustee Jim Davis and Austintown Park Supervisor Todd Shafferreceived a check from a represenative Briarfield Assisted Living to help sponsor the upcoming Austintown events.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Hollywood Gaming presented a check to Austintown Trustee Jim Davis to help fund the Austintown Fireworks Celebration.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The Canfield Community Concert Band stood and bowed after a performance at Austintown Park on June 27.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Hundreds of guests brought blankets and lawn chairs to Austintown Park on June 27 to watch the Canfield Community Concert Band perform and try to break a world record.

The Canfield Community Concert Band performed for the guests at Austintown Park as a way to prepare for the Austintown Fireworks Celebration on July 2. The concert band performed a variety of songs for the guests in attendance.

The Canfield Community Concert Band worked to spread the word that they wanted to try and break a world record after seeing a similar event last year by the Dallas Winds. Leann Rich, band president, wanted to try and do the same thing in the Mahoning County.

“I purchased a beginning piccolo and had three weeks to practice for Piccolo Palooza. To say it was challenging is an understatement,” said Penny Pavelko, a piccolo player.

Pavelko really enjoyed her time playing with so many others. She said playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” is every piccolo players dream and people were happy to participate. Paveloko hopes this will become an annual event in hopes on more players will hear about it and participate.

At the end of the performance, piccolo players from all around the area came together to try and break a record of the largest group of piccolo players assembled to perform “Stars and Stripes Forever” with the Canfield Community Concert Band. There were around 100 piccolo players of all ages who joined the group to try and break the record.

The Austintown trustees will send in a video of the performance to Guinness World Records.

“I was very happy with the turnout – we did it all through free publicity and had players from as far as Canton and Slippery Rock, Pa. There were more piccolos than band members, that was a win in my book,” said Rich.

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