June 26 & 27 Ferris Community Summer Band Concerts and Grand Opening of the Rotary Fitness Park

THIS WEEK:  SUMMER BAND CONCERTS #4 & #5

Featuring . . .

THE FERRIS COMMUNITY SUMMER BAND

54th Annual Concert Season

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, director

SUMMER BAND CONCERT #4

“Back in the Beautiful Band Shell!”

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26

Big Rapids Band Shell

(River Walk @ Hemlock Park, behind Big Rapids Middle School)

RAIN LOCATION: Big Rapids First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm Street

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SUMMER BAND CONCERT #5

“Celebrating Health, Fitness & Community”

7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 27

Triangle Park

(Next to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital)

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ABOUT THE CONCERTS

Now in its third week of community music-making throughout the greater Big Rapids area, the Ferris Community Summer Band presents its 4th and 5th concerts of the 2019 season!  This series of free outdoor concerts features an enjoyable variety of musical styles performed by our local talented musicians.

The Ferris Community Summer Band’s Concert #4 of the 2019 season continues the annual Big Rapids Band Shell Summer Concert Series there this Wednesday, June 26.  

Concert #5 of the 2019 season will be presented in newly renamed “Rotary Park” this Thursday, June 27, in conjunction with the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital’s Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair, which begins at 5:00.  A special ceremony for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Rotary Fitness Park will take place at 6:30, with the Summer Band’s concert following at 7:00.

There will be different programs for these two concerts, which will present a great variety of musical styles including Marches, Classical Music Hits, Ragtime, Pop Tunes, Spanish Music, and Broadway Musicals.

These concerts will also showcase the talents of featured artists Kayla Cousineau (vocals), Noah Mallett (xylophone), Dale Skornia (guest conductor), and Ed Mallett (euphonium).

MUSIC FOR THESE 2 CONCERTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Azcárraga, Pasodoble Fallero

Big Band Classics

Cheerio March

Colonel Bogey March

Cougar Pride

Jesus Christ Superstar

Log Cabin Blues

Majestic Gallop

They Can’t Take That Away from Me

Variations on “Annie Laurie”

ABOUT THE BAND

Sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” initiative, the Ferris Community Summer Band is celebrating its 54th year of bringing the campus and the community together through music.  It is open — at no cost — to all area adults, college students, high school students, and advanced middle school students with band experience.  In order to perform in a concert, musicians should attend the rehearsal beforehand.  Musicians are invited to perform in as many concerts as they can that fit into their schedules.  Musical friends and relatives visiting in town this summer are also welcome.  To participate, either contact director Scott Cohen in advance (231-591-2484 or RichardScottCohen@ferris.edu), or simply come to the next rehearsal!

3 REMAINING CONCERTS: 

ALL ARE AT 7:00 P.M. AND ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Weekly Ferris Community Summer Band Concerts are presented outdoors throughout the greater Big Rapids area, including the new Big Rapids Band Shell, the Canadian Lakes Castle, and local parks.  All of them support local community activities and organizations such as the Roof Replacement Project at the Big Rapids Old Jail, the annual Spectrum Big Rapids Hospital Community Block Party, the Canadian Lakes Association, and the annual Big Rapids Band Shell Concert Summer Series.

  • June 26 (Wednesday):  *Big Rapids Band Shell, Big Rapids
  • June 27 (Thursday):  Spectrum Big Rapids Hospital Community Block Party and Health Fair, Rotary Park (by the Hospital), Big Rapids
  • July 3 (Wednesday):  *Big Rapids Band Shell, Big Rapids

ALTERNATE RAIN LOCATION

*First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm Street, Big Rapids

1 REMAINING REHEARSAL:

FOR ALL INTERESTED BAND (& ORCHESTRA!) MUSICIANS

  • 7:00–9:00 p.m. @ Ferris State University’s Music Center, Room 108

July 1 (Monday)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

DR. RICHARD SCOTT COHEN

Scott Cohen has just completed his 17th year as Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles at Ferris State University, where he directs the Ferris West Central Concert Band, the Ferris Symphony Band, the Ferris Community Summer Band, and the Ferris West Central Chamber Orchestra.  He also teaches piano and courses in classical music and film music. Locally, Dr. Cohen has served on the boards of directors of Artworks, the Festival of the Arts, the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Series, the City of Big Rapids Park & Recreation Board, the Big Rapids Band Shell Development Committee, and the Big Rapids Band Shell Programming Committee.  He is also a board member of the Rotary Club of Big Rapids. A native of Chicago, he is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar from the University of Illinois, a doctoral conducting graduate from Northwestern University, and a Fulbright Scholar to Spain.  He remains active as a conductor, trombonist, composer, music adjudicator, researcher, author, translator and lecturer throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

ADA INFORMATION

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event must contact 231-591-2501 or RuthReeds@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance of event. Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

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