Community Summer Band Kicks off Concert Season

Summer Band Concert

The sounds of Broadway, jazz, marches and more will resonate this summer during performances by the Ferris Community Summer Band, which kicks off its 47th concert season on Wednesday, June 6.

Sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” initiative, the band serves as an outreach to the Big Rapids community. Area adults, Ferris students, students from local high schools and middle school students with band experience are welcome to participate.

“It’s not just music, but a way of uniting the community,” said Richard Scott Cohen, director of the Ferris Community Band and an associate professor of Music at Ferris, who also serves as director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles.

Cohen said that the band can range from 30 to 40 musicians, who are invited to perform in as many concerts as possible.

“I used to call the summer band concerts my grey hair season,” Cohen said. “I take a leap of faith every week, but over the years our turnout has gotten better and better.”

Concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. and are held at various locations through July 3. All concerts support community efforts such as the annual Mecosta County Medical Center Auxiliary Community Block Party and the Roof Replacement Project at the Old Jail.

For more information on the concert series or to learn how to participate, contact Cohen at (231) 591-2484 or

The concert schedule:

Wednesday, June 6 – The Old Jail, 220 S. Stewart St., Big Rapids

Wednesday, June 13 – Big Rapids Band Shell, Hemlock Park, Big Rapids

Thursday, June 14 – Mecosta County Medical Center Auxiliary Community Block Park, Centennial Park, Big Rapids

Wednesday, June 20 – Big Rapids Band Shell, Hemlock Park, Big Rapids

Wednesday, June 27 – The Castle, Canadian Lakes

Tuesday, July 3 – Big Rapids Band Shell, Hemlock Park, Big Rapids

Rain location for concerts at the Old Jail and Big Rapids Band Shell: Big Rapids First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm St., Big Rapids

Rehearsals for band and orchestra musicians interested in participating are from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays (June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2) at Ferris’ Music Center, Room 108.

Last updated: 07-24-2012