CVMS band students present spring concert

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grader Ray Bernat performed an improvisational solo on his alto saxophone during “Along for the Ride” at the annual CVMS spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 9.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The eighth-grade trumpet quartet, including John Heino, Nathan Gostley, Ben Pugh and Nolan Williard, performed “Introduction and Fanfare” at the annual CVMS spring concert at the Canfield High School.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Village Middle School Band Director James Volenik (left) applauded the seventh-grade band at the end of their performance at the annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 9.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Village Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed their annual spring concert at the Canfield High School on May 9. The bands were under the direction of CVMS Band Director James Volenik.

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

“Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming to our Spring Concert. It‘s so nice to see everyone. I know there are lots of activities going on tonight, so we appreciate you making the time to be her tonight,” Volenik said.

The seventh-grade band opened the concert with “Honor Roll March” by Ken Harris and followed that selection with “Too Beautiful for Words” by Rob Grice. Next, the band performed “Pulse Pounding” by Sean O’Loughlin. Before each selection, a band member introduced the piece and gave an explanation of the song.

“We are very fortunate in Canfield to have talented paraprofessionals help us in band. One of our new paraprofessionals is Bob Rollo and he helped our seventh-grade trumpet players with the next selection,” Volenik said.

The seventh-grade band trumpet section performed Hornpipe from “Water Music” by George F. Handel, arranged by Janice Kersey.

“That was great. It takes a lot of nerve to get up and play in front of an audience of this size,” Volenik said.

Volenik then recognized students who participated in the solo/ensemble competition on March 24. He then recognized Quinton Miller, French horn, for being chosen as a member of the Ohio State University Honors Band in February.

The band next performed “Bumble Bee Blues” by John Edmondson. The students then closed their portion of the concert with “Patriotic Festival” arranged by Mark Williams.

As the seventh-grade band exited the stage, the eighth-grade band filled their seats on stage.

The band opened with “Our Director March” by Frank Bigelow, followed by “Greenwillow Portrait.” As with the seventh-grade band, before each selection, a band member introduced the piece and gave an explanation of the song.

Next, the students performed “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett.

“We have a trumpet quartet of John Heino, Nathan Gostley, Ben Pugh and Nolan Williard ready to perform for you tonight. Mr. Rollo also worked with these students for about six weeks learning this piece,” Volenik said.

The eighth-grade trumpet quartet, which also competed at the ensemble competition with this piece, performed “Introduction and Fanfare” by Percy Hall.

Next, the band presented “Along for the Ride” by Mike Story, which was a jazz composition, and included improvisational performances by several students on a variety of instruments.

“The students who just played solos were completely improvising. They created their music on the spot. Let’s give them another round of applause,” Volenik said.

Volenik then recognized the eighth-grade band members who participated in the solo/ensemble competition March 24. He also recognized two band members, Abby Vernon, clarinet, and John Heino, trumpet, for being chosen as members of the Ohio State University Honors Band in February.

The eighth-grade band closed out the concert with their final selection of “Skydive” by Chris Bernotas.

Band members, family and friends were invited to the cafeteria for a dessert reception after the concert.

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