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Concert to celebrate dedicated musician

3/21/2014, 3:58 p.m.

Maestro Raymond Handfield will be celebrated for his three decades of service to Callanwolde with a free concert on March 30.

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Raymond Handfield

Handfield has been musical director and conductor of the Callanwolde Concert Band, DeKalb County’s premier symphonic wind ensemble.

The two-hour concert begins at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

The first half of the program, a tribute to Handfield, will be conducted by assistant conductors Scott Files and Robert Meehan and guest conductor and noted New England composer and conductor Peter Hazzard.

Featured compositions include The Overture to “Raymond” by Ambroise Thomas.

Handfield, a life member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia honorary music fraternity, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (trumpet) where he was a student of Sidney Mear.

His master’s degree is from Boston University, where he continued his trumpet study with Armando Ghitalla. He taught instrumental music and directed school bands in Massachusetts, New York and Georgia, retiring after a 30-year career.

Handfield has performed in concert with the Oslo, Norway, Opera Orchestra. He served as principal trumpet with New York’s Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra and was principal trumpet with the “Opera Sacre” of Buffalo, N.Y.

In Georgia, he served as assistant principal trumpet for the Callanwolde Concert Band before taking the podium in 1985.

The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is at 980 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.calcb.org.