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.

The Memorial service to Honor and Celebrate the Life of Raymond H. Handfield, Jr., will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM at Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Memory of Raymond Handfield to the Salvation Army, 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30044.


The Callanwolde Concert Band is an independent community concert band of adult musicians who decided not to give up music after graduating from school. Formed in 1972 as a summer program of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, the band has operated as an independent non-profit corporation since 1984. The alliance with the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center continues in the form of formal concerts at the center and mutual support for a strong performing arts presence in the community. The band is known throughout Georgia for its high level of musicianship and audience appeal. This is music at and from the grass roots, made by your neighbors.

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