The Ohio Music Education Association District Six Band Contest recently provided yet one more opportunity for student members of the Canfield High School Concert and Symphonic Bands to excel, earning superior ratings for their performances and qualifying for the upcoming state competition.
Each band performed in front of a panel of four adjudicators who gave a rating from "I" or "Superior" to "V" or "Very Poor " at the contest, held in early March at Copley High School, according to information provided by Canfield High School Director of Bands Mike Kelly.
"For the fourth straight year, both bands earned a Superior rating which qualifies them for the State Band Contest," said Kelly, adding that the event will be held April 27 and 28 at North Royalton High School.
Kelly went on to say, "This marks the seventh consecutive year that the Symphonic Band has qualified for state while the Concert Band has earned a state appearance five of the last seven years."
Of the 19 bands that performed at Copley High School, Kelly said only eight earned an overall Superior rating, and of those eight, only three bands earned straight Superior ratings or a perfect score. "Canfield High School Bands were two of those three bands," he said.
"Members of the Canfield Bands not only represented Canfield High School and the entire Canfield community as wonderful musicians but they were great ambassadors of all the great and wonderful things the Canfield community is known for," said Kelly.
The bands' success at the OMEA District Six Band Contest falls on the heels of what has been a banner year for the band program as three members of the CHS band -- Alicia Smith, Dalton Bosze, and Michael Barkett -- were chosen to perform as members of the Ohio Music Education Association All State Band, culminating the 2012 OMEA Professional Development Conference in February.
Additionally, Kelly was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu fraternity, a non- political, non-profit fraternity the purpose of which, according to its website, includes the promotion of fellowship among its members, the encouragement of building of better bands, and the development of better musicians throughout the world.
As the state competition nears, Kelly shared that he, along with the Canfield Bands, acknowledges and greatly appreciates Canfield's continued support of the band program and their very important position, role, and tradition within the schools and the Canfield community.
"Bravo," he exclaimed.