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Concert Band to celebrate John Philip Sousa

The Lycoming College Concert Band will perform a free concert on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center.

The concert will celebrate John Philip Sousa and feature his great-grandson, John Philip Sousa IV, as the special guest narrator. The band will be under the direction of guest conductor Loras John Schissel, conductor and curator with the Library of Congress. Tuba soloist Dr. William Ciabattari, assistant professor of music at Lycoming, will perform Herbert Clarke’s From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific with the band.

The Concert Band also will perform music by Charles Gounod, Franz von Suppe, Richard Wagner and others. 

“This will be a concert loosely in the style of John Philip Sousa’s concerts, a few of which took place in Williamsport around a century ago,” said Ciabattari. “Sousa’s great-grandson will provide anecdotes about his famous ancestor and serve as master of ceremonies for the event.”

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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