Drummer joins Packard Band
Drummer Jim Rupp will join the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its next outdoor concert.
Rupp has toured extensively with the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Glenn Miller and Woody Herman. He can be heard on three of the Herman band’s CDs, including the Grammy-nominated “The Fiftieth Anniversary Tour.” He spent eight years backing Grammy-winning jazz singer Diane Schuur and has performed and toured with such artists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, the Cleveland and Columbus Jazz Orchestras and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra.
The drummer has taught at Indiana University and the University of Michigan and is co-author of the drum set method book “Baby Steps to Giant Steps.”
For Sunday’s concert, Rupp will be on the drum set for “Reactions,” a solo piece written by David Morgan, professor of music at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. He also will play “Cute,” a Neal Hefti composition regularly performed by Count Basie’s band.
Guest conductor for the concert with be Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University.
Other selections on the program include Brian Beck’s “Liadov Fanfare,” John Philip Sousa’s “The Black Horse Troop” march and Mayhew L. Lake’s “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas.”
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the south lawn band shell of 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.