Packard Concert Band turns 64

The W.D. Packard Concert Band has the perfect song to celebrate its 64th anniversary.

The Beatles’ song “When I’m Sixty-Four” will be played at Sunday’s concert at Packard Music Hall. It’s part of a program that will range from classical to jazz and show tunes to polka, reflecting the diversity of the band created through the generosity of industrialist William Doud Packard.

Packard’s will written in 1920 left money for the building of Packard Music Hall the creation of band to perform there regularly, and his wishes became a reality in 1955.

Conductor Stephen L. Gage will lead the anniversary concert, and a medley arranged by Ken McCoy will showcase the trumpet section with Frank Cosenza as soloist on “You Made Me Love You,” Terry Gale as soloist on “Young Man with a Horn” and Jeff Gibbens as soloist on “Ciriburibin.”

Other selections on the program will include Christopher Kyle Green’s “Atlantic Fanfare,” Julius Fucik’s “Children of the Regiment” march, Antonin Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture,” Richard Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkries,” Josef Strauss’ “Plappermaulchen,” Rafael Hernandez’s “El Cumbanchero,” a medley of marches, selections from the musical “Les Miserables” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free.


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