It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our beloved music director Ray Handfield on June 27, 2016. Mr. Raymond Handfield was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (trumpet) in 1955. His Master’s degree was from Boston University in 1963. Raymond was a veteran of the USAF serving as a navigator from 1956 – 1959. He taught instrumental music and directed school bands in Waltham, MA. Springville, NY and at Trickum MS in Gwinnett County, Georgia before retiring after a thirty year teaching career. Mr. Handfield served as an assistant principal trumpet for the Callanwolde Concert Band before taking over as Director in 1985 (1985 – 2016). Mr. Handfield’s other activities include an avid interest in duplicate bridge, a lifelong love of golf and the pursuit of “striper-fishing” on Lake Lanier.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Memory of Raymond Handfield to the Salvation Army, 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30044.

If this page is looking stale, check Facebook!

September 5, 2014

Yes, yes, even this update is much too late, but the advent of social media means it's much easier for web site maintainers to be lazy - so hit up Facebook to keep up with the band's latest gossip, erm, goings on...

December 30, 2012

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Col. William Baldwin, former conductor of the US Army Band and frequent guest conductor of our ensemble the past several years. His presence and experience enriched the band and our members, and brought a bit of American history to life for the band and our audience.

Colonel William Baldwin, US Army (retired) and Principal Guest Conductor of The Callanwolde Concert Band for several years, passed away peacefully Friday December 28, 2012 at age 94. Col. Baldwin first became interested in music at the age of nine when he heard Sousa and his band in concert, shortly before Sousa’s death. He entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 1937, majoring in clarinet and conducting. He was a conducting student of the eminent French maestro Pierre Monteux, a conductor for numerous ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. While at Juilliard Col. Baldwin was also a clarinetist in the successor to Sousa’s Band, the world famous Goldman Band, with its daily summertime concerts in Central Park and Brooklyn. While at Juilliard, he won a school competition for arrangements for band with an arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue".

Col. Baldwin was appointed Music Director of the Manhattan Light Opera Company in New York in 1940. He was drafted in to the United States Army in 1941 and for the next quarter century conducted Army bands all over the world, among them the First Division Band, the 82nd Airborne Division Band, and the United Nations Band in Seoul, South Korea. From 1959 to 1964 he was a conductor of the main United States Army Band in Washington, DC. In 1956 at the invitation of President Eisenhower, he conducted a special federal concert of that band at Constitution Hall, a 200-year summary of American band music.

After retiring from the Army, Col. Baldwin was for many years Chair of the Music Department at Atlanta’s Westminster Schools. He led an active life until recently, following a life-long hobby of collecting and working with antique clocks and serving as Head Usher at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia as well as. conducting from time to time, most recently at a concert of The Callanwolde Concert Band in June, 2012. A superb musician, conductor, and person, he made a significant contribution to the growth of the Callanwolde Concert Band. The Callanwolde Concert Band has been honored to have Col. Baldwin as its Principal Guest Conductor for the past several years.

Fortieth Season Celebration Begins September 18

July 23, 2011

The Callanwolde Concert Band proudly presents a special concert to open its fortieth season at 3:00 pm on September 18, 2011 in the Cole Auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College. The concert presents some of the band's favorite works from the past four decades, and features the world premiere of a new work commissioned for the celebration from noted New England composer Peter Hazzard.  Entitled Fanfare, Pastorale, and Allegro, Op. 77, Mr. Hazzard has created a work to show off  the talents of the band while providing a jubilant celebration of the band's history. Joining Mr. Handfield on the podium for this concert will be former Music Director Clyde Bales, Assistant Conductors Scott Files and Robert Meehan, and Principal Guest Conductor Col. William Baldwin, US Army (retired). The band will also be joined by former members, invited to return for this special occasion.

Peter Hazzard, a native of Poughkeepsie, NY, wrote his first compositions, The Horses' Hooves, and Evening Song, for violin and piano at the age of eight. He played violin studying in New York with Arlie Furman, and was a member of the New York Young People’s Orchestra. After graduation from Millbrook School and two years of study at Boston University, Mr. Hazzard entered the Berklee College of Music in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Composition in 1971. He studied composition with John Bavicchi and William Maloof and conducting with Jeronimus Kascinskas.

Since finishing school, Mr. Hazzard has divided his time between composing, conducting, and teaching. Upon graduation, he was appointed to the faculty of Berklee College of Music where he taught composition, conducting, and music history until 1983. He also conducted the Berklee Concert Wind Ensemble from 1976 to 1983. In the summer of 1983, Mr. Hazzard was appointed to the faculty of Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA where he served as Music Director and then Choral Director.


And Lo, There Were Many Concerts and Little News...

...and there was slacking in great abundance from the Webmaster, and the members of the band were sore annoyed...

Band Prepares for Thirty-Eighth Season

August 23, 2009

The Callanwolde Concert Band's thirty-seventh season is complete, and it was a successful one. Now, as we prepare for our next concert and our next season, is the perfect time for you to come play with the band! We have room in every section, and everyone is welcome to sit in on a rehearsal. If you want to join us, or just check the band out, send us an email for more information.

July 04, 2009

The Band has finally had a few summers without the weather throwing a blanket on the festivities, and a great time was had by all. The audience was large and appreciative, and the fireworks were terrific, as was the musical accompaniment (we're not ashamed to say we played well).

Ray leads the band (for once, they followed...)

The tubas provide some foundation

Warren Abrahams gives the timpani a workout

...and the band played on...

..and on, and on...

...well into the evening as the fireworks started.

Woodwinds, trumpets wanted, percussionists needed

October 23, 2006

The Callanwolde Concert Band is currently recruiting members to play oboe, English horn, alto clarinet, and percussion (specifically mallet percussion, though we can always use a few extra hands on the drums, too) and trumpet. If you play one of these instruments (or a contrabass woodwind, or string bass, for that matter) and are looking for a group to play with, send us an email for more information on how you can put your unique skills to good use and have lot of fun in the process.

McLaughlin to become senior band member

September 9, 2006

With the approaching departure of Henry Mason to the wilds of North Carolina, the dubious honor of being the longest serving band member - not necessarily the oldest (although he doesn't miss it by much) goes to David McLaughlin. Dave was one of Henry's first recruits to CCB in 1974. Now retired, David is a former CDC employee who happens to know his way around the drums quite well. It has been reliably reported that before accepting the "honor" as senior band member, Dave wants an assurance of at least one free beer at Moes. He has been quoted as saying that the "perks" of the job are sadly lacking, a sentiment with which the former holder of the "honor" agrees.

July 04, 2006

The July 4th concert in Decatur was for the most part rained out. We got in the first half before Mother Nature reminded everyone who was boss and put on her very own fireworks display and raining out the one that was planned. To remind everyone how much fun it USUALLY is, we will retain the report below from last year.

Callanwolde on Broadway October 16, 2005

Ms. Laura Huckabee

Our Fall concert was a lot of fun, a trip down broadway the hard way, 100 years of brass intensive show tunes. After the last number "76 Trombones", even the trombones were barely standing, but it was a great time and some wonderful tunes. Highlighted by "Broadway Journey" narrated by Channel 46 Meteorologist Laura Huckabee, the band presented a fine overview of America's most popular show music.






July 04, 2005

The July 4th concert in Decatur was one of the best yet. Almost all band members were present and everyone appeared really glad to be there.

Michelle escaped to Alaska for a year, but decided that she likes our warm weather much better.

Mark and Ray do not appear happy with the intonation!

7:00 PM - Time to play a concert for thse folks.

May 31, 2005

We hope everyone had a splendid Memorial Day holiday. Thanks to the members making up the ensemble for the Veterans at Brook run.

May 14, 2005

June 5 Sousa Concert

The Callanwolde Concert Band presented its 3rd Annual Grand Sousa Concert on June 5, 2005 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Every year as we rehearse this material, we ask our colleagues in the US Marine Band (the President's own) to check for any signs of disturbance or rotation on the part of Mr Sousa. We are glad to report that JPS appears to be satisfied with our efforts and no disturbance has been reported.

April 30, 2005

The the revised by-laws were approved at the April 29 rehearsal. The revisions authorise the board to take direct action in personnel matters and defines the circumstances under which a member may be sanctioned and/or dismissed from the band. The duties of membership are defined and the responsibilities of the board are defined in personnel matters.

Edward Juul White

May 8, 1931-January 18, 2005

We regret to report the passing of long time CCB member Ed White. Ed served for many years as Principal Bassoonist of CCB and set an example of dedication to the band and the arts in general that many found to be inspiring. He was an assistant conductor, having earned music degrees at Northwestern University before venturing into the worlds of business and computers. Ed was always friendly and always had kind words. When a musical question came up, Ed responded with details born of extensive knowledge. He will certainly be both remembered and missed.

Family notice from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A funeral mass was held on Friday, January 21, 2005, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, to celebrate the life of Lt. Col. Edward J. White (Ret.). Ed was born in Washinton DC on May 8, 1931. An only child, he established a keen interest in music, science and the world around him at an early age, and nurtured these passions for the rest of his life as a musician, computer programmer and world traveler. After earning his masters degree in music from Northwestern University, Ed served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan for two years, teaching music. He moved on to serve in the same capacity in Germany for a few more years before returning to the states.

He then honorably served a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Ed maintained a life long interest in military affairs and was actively involved with the executive committee of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), traveling in the US and abroad. He served as ROA's Vice President of Army Affairs for Georgia, and as Chairman of the "March on the Hill," organizing visits to members of Congress in D.C. each winter.

Ed was an avid adventure traveler. He shot the Colorado River rapids, ventured deep into the Amazon rain forest, and all around South America. He took a small boat around the Caribbean, and liked to ski in Vail and the Alps. In order to take a cruise down the Russian Volga, Ed signed up to play in the ship's band at night. He traveled many times around the States as well as Canada, Mexico, India, Portugal, Europe, England and the land of his forefathers, Norway.

He recently drove around the U.S. to visit many of his friends and family. Ed was a long time member of the Cathedral of St. Philip, as well as an established member of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Callanwold Concert Band, and the Pro-Mozart Society. He composed several pieces for orchestra and band and just recently completed a composition for strings. Music filled every day of Ed's life, and in the last hour before his passing, a harpist filled his room with song. Ed will be missed by his daughter and his countless friends but everyone who knew him wishes him well and God Speed on his next adventure.

The following is a letter sent to his associates by his daughter to notify friends of his passing:

With sadness I am writing to inform you of the death of my Dad, Ed White. He passed away very peacefully Tuesday, January 18, at 1:15pm at St. Joseph's Hospital. He had been living his life fully just a few days before, attending orchestra practice, getting his washing machine fixed, and shopping for a new razor and new clothes to fit his thinner frame. However, early Saturday morning the pain increased and he was taken to St. Joe's in an attempt to find relief. He quickly lapsed into a semi concious state, but was able to say "I love you" and even stood up from his bed on Sunday in order to give me a hug. Not long after, his kidneys began to shut down and we knew he wouldn't be with us much longer.

I wished that Dad could be surrounded by the music he loved as he passed, so I was overjoyed when a volunteer harpist, who just happened to be making rounds at the hospital, knocked on our door and asked if Dad would enjoy it if she played for him. We listened to the beautiful music for about 45 minutes. No sooner had she plucked the last note when the priest knocked on the door, arriving to perform last rites. When the priest finished and said, "Amen," Dad took in one more breath and was gone. It was beautiful and peaceful and I'm so glad I was able to be there. I am doubly grateful that Dad didn't suffer very long at all, and didn't undergo a long, painful diminishment.

Our memorial service will be held this Friday, January 21st at 2pm at The Cathedral of St. Philip, at 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta GA 30305-2920. Afterwards, according to his wishes, his ashes will be interred at the Cathedral garden on the church grounds. Please come and bring anyone who wants to celebrate a life well lived. Also, if you know of anyone who is not on this address list, or who is habitually late in opening email, perhaps you could contact them to let them know of the service. All are welcome.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please give a gift in Dad's name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at: PanCAN, 2221 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 131, El Segundo, CA 90245, or a gift may be given on line (and how fitting for Dad the computer guru) at

I want to thank each of you for your expressions of care and concern to Dad over the past year. Having such good friends meant the world to him, and I know he was a good friend to you all too. I will miss him with all my heart.


Judy Fuller


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