Sousa and Schissel work with WAHS wind ensemble

John Philip Sousa IV and Loras Schissel visited Williamsport Area High School to work with the school’s wind ensemble on John Philip Sousa March, “The Thunderer.”

Schissel has traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia conducting orchestras, bands and choral ensembles in a broad range of musical styles and varied programs.

He is the founder and music director of the Arlington-based Virginia Grand Military Band, an ensemble comprised of current and former members of the four U.S. service bands. Schissel also is a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress.

Schissel and Sousa IV, great-grandson of military composer John Philip Sousa, recently co-authored a book, “John Philip Sousa’s America: A Patriot’s Life in Images and Words.”