Band remembers vets with concert

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Memorial Day weekend performance at Packard Music Hall.

Col. Ronnie Roberts, medical commander for the U.S. Air Force Reserve 910th Airlift Wing based at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station will narrate ”Duty, Honor, Country,” an address first delivered by Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the U.S. Military Academy. The musical accompaniment was written by Harold L. Walters. And Thomas Groth, executive director of the band, will deliver the narration that accompanies Samuel R. Hazo’s ”Each Time You Tell Their Story.”

It is part of a program conducted by Stephen L. Gage that is filled with patriotic works. James Swearingen’s ”The Light Eternal” was inspired by the sinking of the S.S. Dorchester by a German U Boat in 1943 during World War II. Four Army chaplains gave away their lifejackets in order to save others.

”Elegy Militaire” was written by Roy M. Miller, one of the first conductors of the Packard Band.

Other selections include Claude T. Smith’s ”Hymn & Fanfare: The Navy Hymn,” Louis Panella’s ”The American Red Cross” march, Lauren Keiser’s ”To Those We Remember” (featuring trumpet soloist Frank Cosenza) and a medley of patriotic songs and Armed Forces anthems.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 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.