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Bands well-represented at music education conference

February 22, 2018
The Town Crier

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) held its annual Professional Development Conference from February 8-10, 2018, in Columbus, OH. One of the many highlights that focus on student performance are the OMEA All-State Ensembles for band, choir, jazz band, and orchestra. Over 1,000 high school students from all across Ohio submitted applications and recorded auditions in May of 2017 in hopes of being selected to perform with these prestigious ensembles. Of those applicants selected, Canfield High School was represented by two high school band members being selected; Senior Garret Kuchmaner (alto saxophone) and Sophomore Jake Fay (tuba). The band was under the baton of Mr. Alford Watkins and performed Friday, 2-9-18, in front of a packed house in the Union Ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center.

Senior Garret Kuchmaner (saxophone) is the son of Andrew and Lauri Kuchamaner. He is a member of the Canfield High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Henry Stambaugh Youth Concert Band. Garret has earned Superior ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble competitions. He has been selected to perform with numerous honors ensembles including the Ohio Band Director's Conference Honor Band (2017, University of Akron), Ohio State Honors Band (2018, Ohio State University), and the 2018 OMEA All-State Band (Columbus). Garret studies saxophone with Al Colella and David Cana and plans on majoring in music when he graduates from Canfield this spring.

Sophomore Jake Fay (tuba) is the son of Michael and Holly Fay. He has been a member of the Canfield High School Symphonic Band since his freshmen year. Jake consistently earns Superior ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. He was selected to perform with the OMEA Northeast Regional Orchestra (2017, Cleveland State University), and the 2018 OMEA All-State Band (Columbus). Jake studies tuba with his dad, Mike Fay.

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Garret Kuchmaner (senior alto saxophone), Mr. Alford Watkins (2018 Ohio All-State conductor), and Jake Fay (sophomore tuba) pose after a gathering of the Ohio Music Education Association where the two Canfield musician were selected to perform in a band that represented Ohio's finest.

Olivia Ricciutti (CHS Class of 2016) performed with the University of Mount Union Concert Choir. Olivia was a clarinetist in the band program at Canfield HS and studied with Al Colella.



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