Flutist is guest soloist for Packard concert

Flutist Jessica Banks will play Otar Gordeli's Concerto for Flute on Sunday with the W.D. Packard Concert Band. (Photo special to the Tribune Chronicle)

WARREN — Flutist Jessica Banks will perform with the W.D. Packard Concert Band on Sunday.

Banks is flute instructor at Mississippi State University and director of its flute choir. The Boardman native earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and flute performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and her master’s from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she also is working toward her doctorate.

She is principal flutist with the Starkville Symphony Orchestra and piccolo/second flutist with the North Mississippi Orchestra. She also has played with the Alabama Symphony, Delta Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Evansville Symphony Orchestra.

She will be the featured soloist on Otar Gordeli’s Concerto for Flute and join the band and vocalist Ellen Wakeford-Banks on a Jerry Ascione arrangement of “What a Wonderful World,” a song popularized by Louis Armstrong.

Other selections on the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, include Chris Donze’s Gazebo Fanfare, Camille Saint-Saens’ Marche Militaire Francaise, John Clifford Heed’s “In Storm and Sunshine” march, Edwin Franko Goldman’s “The Chimes of Liberty” march and medleys from “West Side Story” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the south lawn band shell of Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

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