The band returns to live performances on Monday, May 30, with a special Memorial Day program at OSU. (Photo by Willamette Valley Concert Band)

The Willamette Valley Concert Band, under the direction of John Russell, returns to the live stage May 30 after a hiatus due to COVID restrictions.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus, 975 SW 26th St., in Corvallis.

The Memorial Day concert, entitled “Honoring The Fallen,” will feature patriotic music, including pieces by John Williams (“Hymn For The Fallen,” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”), Henry Mancini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Additional works are “National Emblem” by E.E. Bagley, Henry Fillmore’s “Americans We,” “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli, the “Armed Forces Salute” arranged by Bob Lowden, and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa.

Admission is free. Any audience contributions will fund scholarships for middle and high school students to attend summer music camp.

The Willamette Valley Concert Band, based in Albany, has played concerts in the Willamette Valley since 1970. The approximately 50-member band includes adult musicians from Benton, Linn, Marion and Polk counties.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.