Jeremy Kittel Band to Perform as Part of Arts and Lectures Series

Jeremy Kittel BandFerris State University will buzz with the energetic sounds of the Jeremy Kittel Band on Thursday, Feb. 24 in Williams Auditorium.

The band’s performance is set to begin at 7 p.m. as part of Ferris’ Arts and Lectures Performing Artist Series for 2010-11. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for the general public. The four-member, award-winning band will perform sounds from U.S. national Scottish fiddle champion Jeremy Kittel. A Michigan native, and winner of six Detroit Music Awards, Kittel is set to inspire attendees to appreciate his brand of music, said Cate Arroe, chair of Ferris’ Arts and Lectures Committee.

“This event is different than any we have brought in for the past couple of years,” Arroe said. “We are very excited to get someone who wins national championships. We are going to enjoy it.”

The band includes guitarist Kyle Sanna, award-winning percussionist Bodek Janke, award-winning bassist Andrew Kratzat and four-time national fiddle champion cellist Tristan Clarridge.

“Our American folk music is influenced by Scottish music; we should hear these influences, and that is another reason why students should attend this event,” Arroe said.

The band will perform diverse pieces involving Celtic fiddling, jazz, bluegrass, and rhythms of Africa and Latin America and Eastern Europe melodies.

“I think it’s something students will find enjoyable,” said Paula Hadley-Kennedy, Arts and Lectures assistant. “The Arts and Lectures Series Committee tries to select a wide variety of acts so that the people in the community and the university can experience different things that you may not otherwise see in the Big Rapids.”

Tickets can be purchased online at or one hour prior to the event. For more information contact Williams Auditorium at (231) 591-3676.

23 February, 2011