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Anthony Wayne Symphonic Winds

Anthony Wayne High School Symphonic Winds
Roy Young, conductor

RoyYoungThe Anthony Wayne School District is located in Northwest Ohio and includes the communities of Monclova, Waterville, and Whitehouse.  The District has a total enrollment of 4,525 students housed in six buildings.  The band program includes approximately 500 students in grades 5-12.

Band instruction begins in the Fifth Grade and meet in two heterogeneous classes two times per week.  In Sixth Grade Band, the students meet three times per week - two sectional rehearsals and one full band rehearsal.

Both the Seventh and Eighth Grade Bands meet daily for 42 minute periods.  The Junior High Bands participate in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event and have consistently received Superior Ratings.  Junior High students also have the opportunity to participate in OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event.

The High School Band Program includes approximately 180 members who are divided into Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Winds.  In the Spring, students audition for placement in a band for the following year.  Each year the bands participate in the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event.  Solo and Ensemble participation is highly encouraged and students participate in approximately 100 events.  The Marching Band is a very active organization, and past performances have included: the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, the Chicago Magnificent Mile Lights Parade, the Kentucky Derby Parade, and the Indianapolis 500 Parade.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Musical Pit Orchestra.

The Symphonic Winds is the most select ensemble at Anthony Wayne.  For the past 8 years, the band has qualified for State Large Group Adjudicated Event in Class A.  The band has performed at the 2011 Capital University New Music Reading Clinic and the 2014 OMEA Professional Development Conference.  Students have participated in various honors groups including the Toledo Youth Orchestra, Bowling Green State University Honors Band, District One Honors Band, The Ohio State University Honors Band, NAfME Honors Band, OMEA All-State Band, and OMEA All-State Orchestra.

The Anthony Wayne Band Program receives continued support from both the school administration as well as an active Band Booster Organization.

Roy Young is in his twentieth year of teaching and tenth year in the Anthony Wayne Local School District. Prior to Anthony Wayne, he taught at Cardinal Stritch High School and in the Springfield Local School District. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music. Roy has served as District One President, Junior High Large Group Adjudicated Event Chair, and District One Junior High Honors Band Chair. He also serves as an OMEA Adjudicator.

Canfield Middle School 8th Grade Band
Jim Volenik, director

JimVolenikMr. Volenik received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. He received his Masters degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He has been director of Bands at Canfield Village Middle School for over twenty-five years.

He has served as chairman of OMEA District V Adjudicated Events, both Solo and Ensemble and Large Group, as well as chairman of the District V Middle School Honors Band as part of their annual conference. He is also active as an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble events. Mr. Volenik has served as limited service faculty at Y.S.U.

Mr. Volenik was awarded the Outstanding Arts Teacher Award in Music from the Youngstown Area Arts Council in 1998-1999. In May 2000, he became a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. Mr. Volenik is on staff at the Wooster Music Camp held each July at the College of Wooster. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

He continues to perform professionally as a freelance saxophonist in the Cleveland/Youngstown area.  Mr. Volenik resides in Canfield with his wife, Laura, and their daughter Lindsay.


Canfield High School Symphonic Band
Mike Kelly, director

MikeKellyMr. Kelly is in his twelfth year as Director of Bands at Canfield High School. His teaching responsibilities include directing the “Cardinal Pride” marching and pep bands, concert and symphonic bands, as well as music theory.

Previous to his appointment at Canfield, Mr. Kelly taught instrumental, vocal, and general music for eight years within the James A. Garfield Local Schools in Garrettsville, Ohio. Mr. Kelly received his Master of Music in Performance-Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and completed his Principal Licensure at Ashland University.

Mr. Kelly is an active member in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) serving as District V President, District VI President-Elect, local chair for Middle and Junior High School Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event(s), Adjudicated Events Large Group Repertoire Selection Committee, 2017 All-State Coordinator, and as an OMEA adjudicator. Mr. Kelly resides in Howland with his wife, Diana, their son, Ethan Michael, and daughter Riley.