Canfield Community Concert Band presents concert to benefit operation blessing

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The Canfield Community Concert Band will present a benefit performance for Operation Blessing at 3 p.m. March 25 at Canfield High School on Cardinal Drive in Canfield.

A volunteer group of more than 40 members, Operation Blessing distributes food items to Mahoning County families in need. Housed at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, Operation Blessing is supported by several Canfield area churches, high school groups and local businesses as well as individuals. To help carry on its mission, support for Operation Blessing in the form of nonperishable food items and monetary donations will be accepted as admission at the door.

The program, “Transcribed,” will feature musical works not originally written for concert band but which have been transcribed to fit the performance and instrumentation qualities of a band. The concert will include a variety of musical styles from Disney Pictures’ “Fantasia 2000” to the orchestral classic “Finale from Symphony in F Minor No.4” by Tchaikovsky. A range of musical genre with something for all musical tastes will be presented including “Highlights from Fiddler on the Roof,” “Radetzky March,” a Strauss piece arranged by Alfred Reed and the big band swing sound with a medley of Tony Bennett hits. Rounding out the concert will be a solo performance by oboist Leann Rich of Canfield presenting “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the motion picture “The Mission” with band accompaniment. Travis Beatty, assistant director of the band, will conduct “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Wagner.

Founded in 1976, The Canfield Community Concert Band is made up of individuals who volunteer their time and talent to bring musical entertainment to area residents. The band is under the direction of Eric Bable, music director for Crestview Local School District.

More information about the band is available at www.canfieldccband.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/canfieldccband.

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