Packard Band to perform tribute in Veterans Day concert Sunday


Staff report

WARREN

The Packard Band will present a “Veterans Day Tribute” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW. Admission is free.

Loras John Schissel will be the guest conductor and will lead the band in a variety of patriotic songs, including “Victory At Sea,” “Navy Hymn and Taps,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “Star Spangled Spectacular” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars And Stripes Forever March.”

Schissel is a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress. He has conducted ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has served as the conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998.

Sunday’s concert is being dedicated to Adone T. Calderone, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served on the battleship USS West Virginia, which was stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 – the day the harbor was attacked by the Japanese.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Calderone is also an original member of the Packard Band, having retired in 2006 after 50 years of performing in the principal tuba position.

All concerts by the Packard Band are free and open to the public, courtesy of the late William Doud Packard, who established a trust in his will to provide free concerts for the people of Warren.

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