Kansas ensemble featured at Packard

Frank Tracz returns to guest conduct the W.D. Packard Concert Band, and he is bringing the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble with him.

Tracz, an Ohio native and a graduate of The Ohio State University, 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 Stamey Award for Outstanding Teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director Award, named a Lowell Mason Fellow, Wildcat Pride Alumni Award, Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award and election to the Prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

The KSU Wind Ensemble is performing Sunday in Warren as part of its spring tour, and Tracz will lead the group in Ryan Nowlin’s “Fanfare,” David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day,” John Philip Sousa’s “The National Game” march and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Tracz also will guest-conduct the Packard Band on Zo Elliott’s “British Eighth” march.

Stephen L. Gage will lead the band for the rest of the program, which will include “Clare Grundman’s “An Irish Rhapsody,” David R. Gillingham’s “Be Thou My Vision” and two works by Percy Aldridge Grainger, “Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon” and “Molly on the Shore.”

Stacie Mickens, an assistant professor of horn at Youngstown State University, will be the guest soloist on Richard Strauss’ Concerto for Horn No. 1

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1073 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust. For more information, call 330-841-2931.