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...
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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 www.pancan.org.
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.