*photo attached L to R: Kathy McGrady (President-elect of OMEA), Jim Volenik (CVMS band director), Dr. Pamela Barkett (President of the Canfield Band Parents, Inc.), and Alex Geordan (Superintendent of Schools, Canfield Local)
Each year the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Board of Trustees presents an award recognizing a Music Support Group that has contributed considerably to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive music program in Ohio. The 2017 winner of the Ohio Music Education Association Outstand Music Support Group is the Canfield Band Parents. Mike Kelly and Jim Volenik, band directors, nominated the Canfield Band Parents.
The Canfield Band Parents have contributed funds to support the purchase of new uniforms, extensive annual new instrument and equipment purchases, and a generous sheet music budget.
Additionally, the Canfield Band Parents graciously give of their time and talents in providing a superior music education experience to Canfield instrumental students in all grades 5-12 that is unparalleled in their area.
The group hosts numerous events to raise funds, including an annual “Show of Bands”, a Band Fruit Sale, 50/50 raffle, a Pasta Dinner/Chinese Auction, and have recently started the “Friends of the Canfield Bands Program” which garners corporate sponsors as well as individual family contributions.