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Hard work has its rewards

August 18, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Canfield High School Marching Band put in a grueling five-day band camp last week. On Friday, the week ended with what has become an annual cooling down.

Band camp is the one week prior to the annual band show at the high school when the band practices from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are on the field, whether it is hot or cool out, as they perfect their marching routines for the year. Band Director Mike Kelly said it is a long week for the kids, but it comes with a special reward.

“The reward is a water slide,” Kelly said.

The hill between the band room parking lot and the soccer fields becomes the center of amusement after the final long day of practice. Band Parents, the booster organization for the band, arrives while the 164-member band is on the football practice getting the final hour in. While the practice continues, the band parents attach long mats of plastic on the hill and water sprinklers are set up to provide a water slide.

When the band ends rehearsal and returns to the band room, the next step is to change into swimwear and hit the slides. The first ones down the slide find themselves cruising across wet grass. Within minutes, it turns to an explosion of mud, but not one band student minds at all.

Kelly said he has a young group this year. Out of 164 band members, 29 are seniors, 36 are juniors, 48 are sophomores and 51 are freshmen.

Even though they are young, they are ready for the Aug. 30 band night at the high school. Visiting bands for this year’s event include Austintown, Boardman, Poland, West Branch and Struthers.

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield band brothers Ernie and Michael Barkett kick up some mud as the water slide soaks the grass near the soccer fields after their last full day of band camp at the high school.



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