CVMS band students perform annual concert

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Village Middle School sixth-grade band’s clarinet section were featured while playing “Dance Song” at the annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 16.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Village Middle School band director James Volenik applauded the fifth-grade band at the end of their performance at the annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 16.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Youngstown State University student teacher Hannah Wilhelm conducted the Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade band at the annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 16.


The Canfield Village Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade bands presented their annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 16. The bands were under the direction of CVMS Band Director James Volenik and Youngstown State University Student Teacher Hannah Wilhelm.

Volenik welcomed the large audience of family and friends to the concert.

“Welcome to our annual fifth- and sixth-grade spring concert. Up first are the fifth-graders. They have shown huge improvements since our Pasta Dinner on the last Saturday in February to now in May. That is an awful lot of improvement in that amount of time. I am very proud of them. They have made lots of progress and sound so good,” Volenik said.

The fifth-grade band opened the concert with a medley of “Yankee Doodle,” “College Song,” “Blow the Man Down,” “Down in the Valley” and “The Man on the Flying Trapeze.”

With Wilhelm conducting, the band continued with “Centurion,” by Mark Williams. With Volenik back in front of the band, they then performed “Starlight,” arranged by John O’Reilly.

The students then closed their portion of the concert with “Mary Ann,” arranged by Mark Williams.

Volenik took the stage to introduce the sixth-grade band.

“For the sixth-grade band’s performance, we have a neat program for you tonight because we have a lot of different kinds of music. The first selection has become one of their favorites, so please enjoy,” Volenik said.

The band opened with “Journey to Centauras,” by Ed Huckeby. The next selection, “March from ’Scipio’,” arranged by Bruce Pearson, featured the low brass section. The students were under the tutelage of C.H. Campbell Music Director and Assistant Band Director Michael Fay.

The entire band then continued with “Little Rock,” by James Ployhar. Along with Brass Paraprofessional Mike Carden, the French horns performed “Capriccio,” arranged by Bruce Pearson.

Wilhelm then conducted the band for “Hang on Sloopy,” arranged by John Edmondson. The next selection, “Dance Song,” arranged by Bruce Pearson, featured the clarinet section under Woodwind Paraprofessional Al Colella.

The sixth-grade closed out the concert with their final selection of “Lone Star Overture,” by John O’Reilly.

“Thank you, everyone, for coming tonight. Have a great summer,” Volenik said.

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