Ferris to Host Fall Symphony Band Concert on Nov. 9

Richard Scott Cohen

The Ferris State University Fall Symphony Band Concert is set for Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. in Williams Auditorium.

Admission for the concert is free and the event is open to the public. Ferris students and community members will perform a wide variety of pieces, including music from the video game Halo, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” rag-time saxophone tunes and other contemporary pieces.

“I hope that each piece moves the audience in a different way. I hope that those who are in attendance come away with an appreciation of the work that the students do in one 90-minute rehearsal per week. The students work very hard and I hope that people who come appreciate that Ferris makes this opportunity available to students and the greater community,” said Richard Scott Cohen, assistant professor of Music and director of the Symphony Band.

Currently, the band consists of more than 60 members with the majority being Ferris students. Cohen said that this concert will appeal to “people of all ages” and hopes that Ferris students attend the event to listen to their peers playing live music.

Cohen said that the students are not involved with the band because they have to be, but that they are involved because of their love for music. He added that the students “…channel all of their energy and creative juices into making all of these different musical styles.

“It’s very rewarding and a lot of fun to work with the students. They are here because they love the band. They love making music,” he said. “It’s challenging to accomplish what we do. How band members are able to make such fast progress is very rewarding.”

Cohen hopes to have as many students as possible join Ferris’ Symphony Band to understand how musical skills can be used throughout the rest of their lives.

For more information about the concert, contact Scott Cohen at rscohen@ferris.edu or call (231) 591-2484.

For more information about the music opportunities at Ferris visit:  http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/artsands/musicwebsite/homepage.htm

Last updated: 02-11-2015