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Packard Band showcases its clarinetists

Two longtime clarinet players with the W.D. Packard Concert Band will share the spotlight at its next performance.

Albert Colella and Clement Zumpella will be the featured soloists on Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Konzertstuck fur zwei Soloklarinetten.”

Colella is a 40-year member of the W.D. Packard Concert Band and its principal clarinetist. From 1971 to ’75, he played in the U.S. Naval Academy Band. He taught instrumental music in Warren City Schools and served as director of bands at Poland Seminary High School for 27. He taught clarinet at Hiram College and served as a guest clinician at Youngstown State University.

Zumpella served as a band director at North Bloomfield, Southington, Warren, Waterloo, Akron and Struthers school districts and is an adjunct professor at YSU’s Dana School of Music.

Other selections in the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, include Ryan Nowlin’s “A Vision and a Dream” fanfare, Clare Grundman’s “Concord,” Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” Brendan McEvoy’s “Magisterial” march, Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” the gospel song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and a medley of Glenn Miller favorites.

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

The band also will have its annual Valentine’s Dance at the music hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 with the Big Band Sound of Packard, directed by Daniel Carioti, and vocalist Janet Opritza-Davis providing the soundtrack.

Admission for both events is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

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