Buckeyes join Packard Band for concert

It will be a scarlet and gray day for the next W.D. Packard Concert Band performance.

John LaVange, drum major with The Ohio State University Marching Band, makes a return appearance with the Packard Band, and the 2014 Howland High School graduate will take part in presentations of “Buckeye Battlecry” and “Hang On Sloopy” on Sunday.

Returning as guest conductor is a former Buckeye, Frank Tracz. The OSU graduate is professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University, where he coordinates undergraduate and graduate conducting activities, teaches classes in music education, and administers and guides all aspects of the K-State band program.

His honors include the Stamey Award for Outstanding Teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director Award, Wildcat Pride Alumni Award, Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award and election to the Prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternity in April 2015 for academic and scholarly achievements.

He will lead the band in a program featuring Charles Carter’s “Overture for Winds,” Roland F. Seitz’s “Grandioso” march, Rossano Galante’s “Resplendent Glory,” Mayhew Lake’s “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas” and a symphonic suite from “Star Trek.”

Packard Band alto saxophonist Richard J. Rollo will be the featured soloist on Errol Garner’s “Misty.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the south lawn band shell of 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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