Canfield bands well represented at state music education conference

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Neighbors | Submitted .Two Canfield students were selected to perform at the OMEA Conference in Columbus. Garret Kuchmaner and Jake Fay are pictured with Alford Watkins, the 2018 Ohio All-State conductor.

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) hosted its annual Professional Development Conference from Feb. 8-10 in Columbus.

One of the many highlights that focus on student performance are the OMEA All-State Ensembles for band, choir, jazz band and orchestra. More than 1,000 high school students from all across Ohio submitted applications and recorded auditions in May of 2017 in hopes of being selected to perform with these prestigious ensembles. Of those applicants selected, Canfield High School was represented by two high school band members being selected; senior Garret Kuchmaner (alto saxophone) and sophomore Jake Fay (tuba). The band was under the baton of Mr. Alford Watkins and performed on Feb. 9, in front of a packed house in the Union Ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center.

Kuchmaner is a member of the Canfield High School symphonic band, jazz band and Henry Stambaugh Youth Concert Band. Kuchamer has earned Superior ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble competitions and has been selected to perform with numerous honors ensembles including the Ohio Band Director’s Conference Honor Band (2017, University of Akron), Ohio State Honors Band (2018, Ohio State University) and the 2018 OMEA All- State Band (Columbus). Kuchamer studies saxophone with Al Colella and David Cana and plans on majoring in music when he graduates from Canfield this spring.

Fay has been a member of the Canfield High School symphonic band since his freshmen year. Fay consistently earns superior ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. He was selected to perform with the OMEA Northeast Regional Orchestra (2017, Cleveland State University) and the 2018 OMEA All-State Band (Columbus). Fay studies tuba with his dad, Mike Fay.

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