Fall Symphony Band Concert

Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director & Conductor


The FSU Symphony Band

8:00 p.m.  •  Thursday  •  November 7, 2013
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium  •  Ferris State University

Free Admission!

For assistance with attending these events, please call:  (231) 591-5600


Join the FSU Symphony Band for a delightful evening of band music. Selections include a circus gallop march by Karl King, the beautiful theme song to the TV series The West Wing, selections from Disney's The Lion King, a medley of swing band style music, Native American music featuring an authentic wooden flute, contemporary American music, and a Baroque-style Toccata.

FSU Athletic Pep Band Faculty Director Dr. Dale Skornia will also be featured as guest conductor on this concert.

This concert is being presented in conjunction with the following initiatives at Ferris State University:

The 2013 Festival of Nations
Sponsored by the Office of International Education

Beyond: Mythologies
Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and Engagement

Native American Heritage Month
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services
Introduction by Dr. Scott Herron,
FSU Professor of Biology & Circle of Tribal Nations RSO Faculty Advisor


The Big Cage
The Lion King
The West Wing
Dream Variants
Jump Swing Fever
A "Frescobaldi" Toccata
The Fairy Ring from Two Native Legends


Ferris students are able 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 is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its Music for Life! initiative.  The FSU Symphony Band presents a series of varied and diverse concerts throughout the year.  It is comprised of primarily of 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 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 rscohen@ferris.edu to get signed up!


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.