Guests join Packard Band outdoors show

Frank Tracz returns as guest conductor for the next W.D. Packard Band performance.

The Ohio State University graduate is professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University, where he coordinates undergraduate and graduate conducting activities, teaches classes in music education and administers and guides all aspects of the K-State band program.

Featured soloists will be vocalist Janet Opritza-Davis and trumpet player Russell McQuaide.

Opritza-Davis, who frequently sings with the Big Band Sound of Packard, is a Dana School of Music graduate who lives in Cortland. She has performed throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.

For Sunday’s concert, she will sing George and Ira Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and a medley of Duke Ellington favorites (“Satin Doll,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

McQuaide, who grew up in Boardman and lives in Howland, will be the soloist on Benny Golson’s “I Remember Clifford.” He is a Dana School of Music graduate, a former music educator in Champion Local Schools and a principal and superintendent in Bloomfield Mespo Local Schools.

Other selections on the program include John Bogenschutz’s “Red Rocks Fanfare,” Rossano Galante’s “The Falls,” Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Attack” march, Steven Bryant’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” John Philip Sousa’s “Kansas Wildcats” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” marches, Samuel R. Hazo’s “Everything Beautiful,” Leonard Bernstein’s overture from “Candide” and John Mackey’s The Ringmaster’s March from “The Soul Has Many Motions.”

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


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