For the first time, according to Canfield High School Director of Bands Michael Kelly, three members of the CHS band have raised the bar and been chosen to perform as members of the Ohio Music Education Association All State Band.
Set to culminate the 2012 OMEA Professional Development Conference to be held Feb. 16 through 18, the annual event will conclude as CHS students Alicia Smith, Dalton Bosze, and Michael Barkett, will join in what Kelly called the culminating activity for the three-day conference.
With a combined history of more than two decades of musical training and participation amongst them, Smith and Bosze, both seniors, and Barkett, a junior, have much in common. All have been playing an instrument since approximately the fifth grade, all have included private training in their schedules and for each, music will play a part in their college plans.
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A first time representation of three students in one year, Canfield High School students Dalton Bosze, Alicia Smith, and Michael Barkett will travel to Columbus as members of the 2012 Ohio Music Education Association All State Band.
An oboe player, Smith shared that over the years, she has only gotten more and more into the band experience. Her second year participating at the event, last year Smith was chosen for the All State Orchestra. While still mulling over her choice of college, she plans to major in music performance.
Fellow senior Bosze recalls playing his grandpa's trumpet as a child, an instrument he still possesses. With plans to minor in music performance, he will major in political science at the University of Evansville, Indiana.
Barkett, a junior, shared that his mother said he grew up playing with a plastic toy trumpet. Suggesting the trumpet for band years later, "She said she thought I'd like it and she was right," he said. Barkett's extensive plans include study of both music performance and education followed by law school, with the intent to tie the three together, possibly through copyright law.
Sharing that he recommend the three to audition for the honor of the All State Band, Kelly said that of the more than 300 students who applied via an application and CD submission, Smith, Bosze, and Barkett are amongst the approximately 100 who were accepted for the band.
In addition to his excitement over the developments for Smith, Bosze, and Barkett, Kelly shared that he has been nominated by his peers for induction into the Phi Beta Mu fraternity.
According to its website, the purpose of the non-political, nonprofit fraternity includes promoting fellowship among its members, encouraging the building of better bands and the development of better musicians throughout the world.
Coupled with the honor of having three of his students set to audition for their chair assignment in the 2012 OMEA All State Band, "This is the coup de grace," said Kelly.