The Connecticut Symphonic Band will presents its free Fall Concert this Saturday featuring Eric Coates' "London Suite" with William Sand as guest conductor, "Variations on America" by Charles Ives and "Gandalf" from the Lord of the Rings Symphony by Johan de Meij.

Charles DePaul, music director and principle conductor of the band, studied composition with Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School and was a conducting student under the baton of Eric Leinsdorf, serving as his assistant from 1982 to 1985. DePaul has conducted in Europe and North America and was the founder of the New World Orchestra Society of New York.

The Connecticut Symphonic Band is an advanced, adult concert band with a mission to provide high caliber musicians an opportunity to perform challenging, stylistically diverse, quality concert band literature for community and public education audiences. The Band has made three appearances in Carnegie Hall since 1990. Many of the 60 members of the band are music educators.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Roger Ludlowe Middle School Theater, 689 Unquowa Road, in Fairfield.

For more information, call (203) 386-1625 or visit