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Trombones sought for park concert

June 13, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Canfield Community Band tried something last year that ended up being a big success and spurred another fun event for this summer. Last year it held the Piccolo Palooza concert featuring a huge number of piccolos. This year, the band is looking for a different instrument.

Coming off the success of last summer's Piccolo Palooza, the Canfield Community Concert Band is inviting trombone players to join in for a performance of The Music Man's Seventy Six Trombones. The concert will be on July 3 at Austintown Township Park, and will be part of the Austintown Fireworks Celebration.

Last year's event went over pretty well. The band asked for as many piccolos as they could get. Of the 90 that signed up, 63 actually showed up and played with the band, which usually numbers around 60.

"There were more piccolo players than band members, which was a win for me," said band president Leann Rich. "We had a great crowd for the concert, which was really what the event was all about. After the success of last year's concert the Austintown Trustees asked what are we doing next year. We didn't want to let them down, and we hope to have another fun night and great concert."

This year it will be all about the trombone. The Canfield Community Band has between seven to eight trombones, so gaining an additional 60-plus will really make for a large group for July 3.

"We'd love 76," Rich said, "but it doesn't really matter how many we get. It just makes the concert fun and brings us a nice audience."

Rich said at this point, there is no plan to try this at other venues. Rich said the Canfield Fair is to difficult to move around in and would not work.

"We picked Austintown Park last year because of the Fourth of July and the Stars and Stripes relation," Rich said. "The trustees were so pleased with the turnout they really wanted us to do something again this year. We have been talking about doing something special on the Canfield Green concert."

For now, the focus is just on the trombones at Austintown Township Park. Trombone players of all ages are welcome to sign up for the event at the band's website For more information about the concert, please contact Leann Rich at

Eric Bable is the band's conductor. He is the High School band director at Crestview Local Schools.

When Rich was asked what the plan is for 2019, the reply was, "Probably not 101 cornets."



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