Veterans Day Concert this Sunday

The FSU West Central Concert Band
Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director and Conductor

4:00 p.m. • Sunday • November 11, 2018
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium • Ferris State University
Free Admission • Open to the Public

For assistance with attending this event, please contact:
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium at Ferris State University or (231) 591-3676
at least 72 hours in advance of this event

We are proud to announce our 16th Annual Veterans Day Concert performed by Ferris State University’s West Central Concert Band! With this concert, we celebrate the vital role that our Veterans and Active Military Personnel have provided and continue to provide for our nation.

The concert will also include the performance of a special musical selection featuring music from all 5 branches of service, and we will invite our Veterans, Active Military Personnel and their Family Members to stand and be recognized upon hearing their anthem!

Participating Individuals & Organizations:
Steve Winninger, bagpiper
Dr. Donna Smith, announcer
Randy Akkerhuis, “Taps” trumpeter
Velvet Underwood, veteran speaker
Dr. Tracy Busch, history presentation
Jeff Gabalis, visual effects coordinator
Ferris State University Student Veterans Association
Patricia Donegan, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, presenter
The Patch Adams / Gesundheit Institute’s “Clownvets” Project
Ferris State University President David L. Eisler, guest conductor
Big Rapids American Legion Post 98 Honor Guard, Bill Yontz, coordinator
Dr. Stephen W. Durst, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, welcome address
Old Jail Quilters Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation Quilt Presentation


Armed Forces Salute
by Bob Lowden

Fanfare for a Fallen Soldier
by E. Brown

Palais de Versailles Overture
by Kelly Bennette

by Frank Ticheli

Solid Men to the Front
by John Philip Sousa

Songs from the Great War
by Andrew Glover

The Star-Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key & John Stafford Smith

Trombone Tiger Rag
by Chris Sharp

The FSU West Central Concert Band (the “WCCB”) is currently celebrating its 27th Concert Season. It is comprised of talented musicians from the area, including Ferris State University students, adult community members from throughout West Central Michigan, and talented musicians from area high school music programs. The WCCB is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” program, and presents a series of varied and diverse concerts throughout the concert season.

Music performance opportunities at Ferris State University are designed to supplement and enrich the lives of students by assisting them in making the transition from the high school musical setting to the world of adult amateur musical ensembles. FSU students can continue to develop their musical skills and be prepared for a rewarding musical “life after college” by participating in Ferris’ musical ensembles that include both university students and members of the community – the format of the majority of community ensembles throughout the country. In this way, we aspire to inspire all FSU students to continue to enrich their lives and the lives of others as active performers of music – for life! Please contact the FSU Music Center at (231) 591-2501 for more information, or visit

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen is Chair of the Department of Humanities, 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, and of the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division. 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.

For additional information, photographs and/or interviews please contact:

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, D.M.
Chair, Department of Humanities | College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles
Professor of Music

Ferris State University
Johnson Hall 117
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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