Packard program features Irish music, dancers

Dancers and guest artists will join the W.D. Packard Concert Band for a St. Patrick’s Day performance.

Leading the band will be frequent guest conductor Jesse Leyva, director of bands and an associate professor of music at Kent State University, where he conducts the KSU Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. A graduate of the Academy of Military Science, Leyva received his commission as an officer and served in the U.S. Air Force Band program as commander / conductor of the 561st Air Force Band.

Tuba player Ken Heinlein will be the guest soloist on James Barnes’ Concerto for Tuba. He is an assistant professor of tuba at Kent State and performs as a member of the Kent Brass Quintet.

Students from the Burke School of Irish Dance will be accompanied by the band on Leroy Anderson’s “The Rakes of Mallow,” Jordan School of Ballet will dance to the band’s rendition of Anderson’s “The Irish Washerwoman.”

Other works on the program include Andrew Boysen Jr.’s “Kirkpatrick Fanfare,” Billy Joel’s “Air (Dublinesque),” the traditional Irish tune “Si Beag, Si Mor,” Robert Dwyer Joyce’s “The Boys of Wexford” and selections from Henry Mancini’s “Mr. Lucky.”

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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