Packard Band honors veterans

Guest conductor Loras John Schissel will lead the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its annual Veteran’s Day Remembrance performance.

Since 1998 Schissel has conducted the Blossom Festival Band. He regularly leads the Blossom Festival Orchestra and in 2009 he conducted the Cleveland Orchestra during its free pre-4th of July concert on Public Square. He made his Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut in 2007.

The Iowa native is the founder and music director of the Virginia Grand Military Band, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last season, and he conducted “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 2008. 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.

Not surprisingly, Sunday’s program will be dominated by patriotic works. Selections include Sousa’s tone poem “America,” Richard Rodgers’ “Victory at Sea,” John Gross Barnard’s “Abraham Lincoln Funeral March,” Richard Strauss’ “Allerseelen (All Souls’ Day)” and a trio of works by James Henry Fillmore – “Military Escort in 5 Ways,” “The Whistling Farmer Boy” and “The Crosley March.”

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.