The director of bands at a New York state school district renowned for its music program and an author/composer will be guest conductors Wednesday when the Lawrence City Band holds its third concert of the summer.
Ed Lisk, director of bands and the kindergarten through 12th grade music supervisor for the Oswego City School District in Oswego, N.Y., will direct the municipal band in "Men of Ohio," a march by Henry Fillmore. John O'Reilly, a composer, author and conductor-clinician known for his work with young bands, will lead the band in "La Forza del Destino."
The concert gets under way at 8 p.m. Wednesday at South Park. Robert E. Foster is the band's conductor, and William L. Kelly is conductor emeritus.
While under Lisk's direction, the Oswego schools' bands had a distinguished performance record. Lisk has traveled throughout the United States as a visiting lecturer and conductor-clinician. He has appeared at many universities and national and international conferences during the past several years.
Among O'Reilly's many publications are the band method books, ``The Yamaha Band Student,'' which have been adopted in programs across the United States and abroad. He also is executive vice president of Alfred Publishing Company.
The program will begin with the "Star Spangled Banner"; followed by "Air Waves," a march by Joe Olivadoti; and "La Gazza Ladra" by Rossini, arranged by M.C. Meyrelles.
Lisk's conducting of "Men of Ohio" will follow. It will be followed by "Fandango" by Frank Perkins and arranged by Floyd Werle; "National Emblem," a march by E.E. Bagley; "Belle of the Ball" by Leroy Anderson with Kelly conducting; and "March for Kim" by O'Reilly.
O'Reilly will then make his appearance as a guest conductor for Verdi's "La Forza del Destino."
A medley of big-band polkas will follow, and the concert will come to a close with "El Capitan," a march by John Philip Sousa.
The concert is sponsored by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and assisted by the Rice Foundation.