Mayor’s Concert returns for 25th year

Event set for Aug. 20

By Cecilia Fox -



TROY — On Aug. 20, for the 25th year, the community is invited to enjoy a free appearance by the Dayton Philharmonic featuring some local talent.

The 2017 Troy Mayors’ Concert, themed “Travel the World,” will feature the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and Summer Chorus, as well as Kathryn Williams, a flutist who grew up in West Milton. A special guest vocalist will be announced this week.

The guest conductor for the 25th annual Troy Mayors’ Concert is Michael Gallehue who spent 24 years as an instrumental music teacher in Troy City Schools. He retired in 2009 after a 35-year career as a music educator in Ohio’s public schools.

This long-standing tradition brings an evening of professional live music to Troy, while also highlighting local performers and musicians, said Marty Baker, one of the event organizers.

“It’s bringing quality music to the community. And it’s free — you can’t beat that,” she added.

Mayor Michael Beamish will also take the stage to lead the band in Henry Fillmore’s “His Honor” march — an annual tradition, Baker said.

The concert is made possible by sponsors like the Troy Foundation.

Guest conductor Gallehue received a degree from Miami University and a master of arts degree from The Ohio State University. He has served as an adjudicator as well as guest conductor for various musical organizations throughout the state and has been a clinician and steering committee member for the State Professional Development Conference.

He has also served in a variety of leadership positions for the Ohio Music Education Association, including the State Board of Trustees.

Gallehue has arranged music for area high school and college marching bands, as well as for the Cincinnati Brass Band, The Brass Band of Columbus, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, and the Ohio Valley British Brass Band, which he has served as conductor and music director for the past nine years.

Williams studied flute with Diane Gilley and played with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for four years. Upon graduating from Milton-Union High School in 2005, she attended The Ohio State University, and in 2007 moved to Manchester, England, to study with Peter Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music.

She earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and international artist diploma and now performs throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She said she is passionate about bringing live music to settings that wouldn’t usually experience it and regularly delivers music workshops in hospitals, special-needs schools, prisons, and nurseries.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy. The rain location is Hobart Arena, Troy.

Handicapped parking will be available on South Market Street and Girl Scouts will assist with wheelchairs.

Event set for Aug. 20

By Cecilia Fox