Jump Start lessons benefit fifth-grade students

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Bill Forrester, retired band director of Hubbard High School, instructed the Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade band trombone group on Sept. 28.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade band trumpet group was instructed by Bob Rollo, retired band director of Warren Harding High School, during Jump Start lessons on Sept. 28.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Canfield Village Middle School parent looked on as Tom Brucoli, retired band director of Champion High School, instructed the baritones group of the school’s fifth-grade band during Jump Start lessons.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Al Colella, retired band director at Poland Seminary High School, instructed the Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade band clarinet group during Jump Start lessons on Sept. 28.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

During the week of Sept. 24-28, Canfield Village Middle School Band Director Jim Volenik hosted Jump Start lessons for beginning fifth-grade band students. Volenik then invited parents to sit in with their child’s instrument group to see what they have learned during their first week of playing an instrument on Sept. 28.

Volenik divided the 72 members into their instrument groups, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone and baritone. Each group was taught by a professional musician or a retired band director, including Al Colella, retired band director at Poland Seminary High School, who instructed the clarinet group, Tom Brucoli, retired band director of Champion High School, who instructed the baritones, Bill Forrester, retired band director of Hubbard High School, who instructed the trombones and Bob Rollo, retired band director of Warren Harding High School, who instructed the trumpets.

“Canfield High School band director Tony Cebriak, who is retired now, and I started the Jump Start program here in Canfield 25 years ago. It really caught on in the Mahoning Valley and several of the school districts participate in the program now. All the instructors I have here this week will travel to the different school districts throughout the months of September and October to participate in those schools’ Jump Start lessons,” Volenik said.

The band students participate in the lessons each day during Jump Start week with their instructors. At the end of the week, they get to show off their newly-learned skills for their parents.

“We hold Jump Start lessons every year, and this is the second year I have invited the parents to come in and see what their child has learned during their first week with an instrument. We’ve had a pretty good turn out and I think they appreciate being able to actually see, and hear, their child’s progress,” Volenik said.

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