Magical Canfield Community Concert Band performance brings members together

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CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — The Canfield Community Concert Band returned Sunday night.

The band is a collection of local musicians ranging in age from high school to octogenarians.

For two years they had to cancel performances. The musicians said the long hiatus from performing had a negative impact on their mental health.

“Musical magic, so we tried to stick to music that had some sort of theme in that area, so Harry Potter music, Wicked music,” said music director Eric Bable.

Even though Harry Potter can be considered a children’s film, the film’s music is not easy to play.

“A pretty tough piece for the band, he said on stage, probably one of the toughest songs the band has ever done, said oboe and English horn player Leann Rich.

The arrangement is not the only magic thing about this music.

“I was forced into disability in my late 40s, early 50s,” said percussionist Don Priester.

Priester has been playing music for almost six decades and can play the full range of percussion instruments – all 630 of them. Playing helps with his traumatic brain injury which turned into constant dizziness.

“I have trouble keeping my balance, but what I found interesting is that when I play music, when the band starts playing, I have no problem,” said- he declared.

Priester’s neurologist told him that the part of the brain that processes music is thankfully intact.

“It’s something that I know, ‘Hey, I could go through this whole 3 1/2 bit, four minutes, six minutes, I’m not going to have any problems,'” Priester said.

This concert was free to the public, but the band accepted donations in the form of canned goods to donate to Operation Blessing, a faith-based non-profit organization that helps people in need all over the world, including the people Ukrainian.

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