Packard Band honors vets

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will honor America’s veterans at its next performance.

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.

As a composer and orchestrator, Mr. Schissel has created an extensive catalogue of more than 500 works for orchestra, symphonic wind band and jazz ensemble. His musical score for “Bill Moyers: America’s First River, The Hudson,” which first appeared on PBS in April 2002, received extensive coverage and critical acclaim. He also created musical scores for two films for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, N.Y.

He will lead the band in a program featuring Franz von Suppe’s “Das Pensionat” overture, Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Irving Berlin’s “This Is the Army, Mister Jones,” K.L. King’s “Cyrus the Great” march, Leroy Anderson’s “Serenata,” W.C. Handy’s “Saint Louis Blues” march and Jerry H. Bilik’s “American Civil War Fantasy.”

Also scheduled is a World War I medley arranged by Jari Villaneuva and an Armed Forces Salute featuring songs associated with each branch of the military. Veterans in attendance will be encouraged to stand when the song from their branch of the military is played.

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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