Packard Band honors vets

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will recognize one of its own at its annual Veterans Day tribute concert.

The performance is dedicated to Adone “Cal” Calderone, former executive director of the band until his retirement in 2006. Calderone was in the U.S. Navy stationed on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by Japanese fighter planes Dec. 7, 1941.

Sunday’s concert will be conducted by Loras John Schissel, conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998. He regularly leads the Blossom Festival Orchestra and and has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra during its free pre-4th of July concert on Public Square. He also is co-author of the book “John Philip Sousa’s America: A Patriot’s Life in Images and Words,” co-written with the composer’s great-grandson, John Philip Sousa IV.

The program will include an armed forces salute with veterans in the audience encouraged to stand when the song from their branch of the military is played. Other selections will include Franz von Suppe’s “Poet an Peasant” overture, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” chorale prelude, J.D. Cook’s “The Angler” march, Henry Fillmore’s “Men of Ohio” march, Richard Rodgers’ “Victory at Sea,” W.C. Handy’s “Saint Louis Blues” march and a medley of George M. Cohan favorites.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

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