4th of July Kick-off Concert by the Ferris Community Summer Band


Season Finale!

“A Musical Kick-Off for the 4th of July!”

Featuring . . .


54th Annual Concert Season

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, director

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

Big Rapids Band Shell


Community Summer Band – Ferris State University www.ferris.edu Adults, students from Ferris State University, local high school students and advanced middle school students gather for a series of weekly musical escapades.

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

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


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.

For its 6th concert and final concert of its 54th Annual Concert Season, the Ferris Community Summer Band kicks off the Fourth of July celebration with lots of patriotic American flair and music for the occasion, including a salute to all American Veterans and the classic The Stars and Stripes Forever march by John Philip Sousa. 

This week’s concert features as solo artists Micah Allen Taylor (vocals), Gordon Mallett (guest conductor) and Ed Mallett (euphonium).  Dr. Richard A. Santer, emeritus FSU geography professor and recipient of the “History Hero” award from the Historical Society of Michigan, will make some brief introductory remarks about our celebration of Independence Day.


1812 Overture

Amber Waves of Grain

Armed Forces Salute

Variations on “Rule Britannia”

Someone to Watch Over Me

Big Rapids Fourth March

A Cohan Salute

On the Campus March

The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas

Star Spangled Banner

Stars and Stripes Forever

Ultimate Patriotic Sing Along


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!



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.


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.