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Packard Band starts outdoor season

The W.D. Packard Concert Band takes its show outdoors for the first of six summer concerts at the Packard Music Hall south lawn band shell.

Joining the band will be trombone player Andrew Mitchell, who will be the featured soloist on Alexandre Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique.

Mitchell, who earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan, joined the faculty at Youngstown State University in 2018 as an assistant professor of trombone, and he has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe.

He is a member of Spectrum Brass, second trombone with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and an artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival. He frequently performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles in that area, where he grew up.

Other selections on the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, will include Karl L. King’s “The Trombone King” march, Rossano Galante’s “Transcendent Journey” and “A Childhood Remembered,” Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Over the Hills and Far Away” children’s march, a salute to Dick Clark, Meredith Wilson’s “76 Trombones,” Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” march.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the music hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

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