Packard Band ‘Remembrance’ honors veterans

Galen S. Karriker will conduct the “Memorial Day Remembrance” concert, which features guest vocalist Doug Thomas. He will sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (which also will feature Jim Garber on piano and Lou Pisani on trumpet) and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Thomas was a vocalist with such popular local bands as Holes in the Road, MF Rattlesnake and I Don’t Care, was signed to Buddha Records in the mid-’70s. He currently can be heard with Memphis Soul Brew, Full Moon All-Stars and the Chicago tribute act Brass Metropolis. His father, the late Frank “Pete” Thomas, was a longtime member of the Packard Band.

Garber also will be featured as the narrator on “Ask Not,” a musical tribute to the life of President John F. Kennedy, and “In Flanders Field,” the John McCrae poem accompanied by music composed by Andrew Boysen Jr. Rick Bartunek will be the alto saxophone soloist on “In Flanders Field.”

John Veneskey will lead the Packard Brass Choir on “Taps,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen,” and the brass choir and the band will close the concert with “God Shed His Grace on Thee” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” March.

Other selections on the program include Bruce Healey’s “American Dream” fanfare, Kenneth J. Alford’s “The Vanished Army” march, Antonin Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home,” the Sousa march “Esprit De Corps” and a musical salute to the U.S. Armed Forces.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at 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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