Cultural Event: Fall Symphony Band Concert

The FSU Symphony Band will be having their Fall concert at 8:00pm on Thursday, November 12th in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium. The concert is a fun mix of very contrasting genres, including film music from Westerns, a world famous circus march, a beautiful lullaby, electronica, a Spanish style march, music on the style of Mozart, and a collection of brand new pieces composed this past summer by Michael Boo based on Ferris’ Fight Song and Alma Mater song! Euphonium soloist T. Patrick Billig will be showcased on “Ferris Waltz.” Below is a list of the concert’s selections as well as the band and its director.

Concert Selections:

Go West!

Ferris Waltz

Ferris Fidelity

Ferris Fanfare

Ferris Flamenco

The Seal Lullaby

Fighting Bulldogs

The Machine Awakes

Overture in Classical Style

Azcarraga, Pasodoble Fallero

Entry of the Gladiators March

About the Band

The FSU Symphony Band is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its Music for Life! initiative. This initiative allows Ferris students to continue to develop their musical skills and prepare for a rewarding musical “life after college” by participating in Ferris’ musical ensembles that include both university students and members of the community – enriching their lives and the lives of others as active performers of music – for life! The FSU Symphony Band presents a series of varied and diverse concerts throughout the year. It is comprised of primarily Ferris State University students, with potential participation by community members and talented musicians from local high school programs. Ferris students can earn credit and scholarships for their participation in the FSU Symphony Band by enrolling in Music 160. Community members and qualified high school students recommended by their directors may participate free of charge. The band rehearses every Wednesday evening throughout the school year. Every summer, the band presents an outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings as the FSU Community Summer Band, which holds rehearsals on Monday evenings in the Music Center on FSU’s main campus. We encourage and invite all experienced players of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments to join the band. Please contact Scott Cohen at (231)591-2484 or RichardScottCohen@ferris.edu to get signed up!

About the Director

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen is Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles at Ferris State University. He was the 2012 recipient of the MCMC Foundation’s Northern Lights Award for the Arts, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of numerous arts organizations and activities throughout the community. Dr. Cohen currently serves on the boards of directors of the International Society from the Research and Promotion of Wind Music, the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division, and the North American Catalan Society. He is also active as a conductor, trombonist, composer, arranger, music adjudicator, researcher, author, translator and lecturer throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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