Ferris Community Summer Band in concert Wednesday

Scott Cohen leads the Ferris Community Summer Band in its last concert of the 2017 season. This year’s band has two concerts left in the season: Wednesday, June 27, and Tuesday, July 3, both at the Big Rapids Band Shell. (Pioneer file photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — The fifth concert of the season for the Ferris Community Summer Band will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Big Rapids Band Shell.

Ample parking for concert-goers can be found behind Big Rapids Middle School, near the bandshell. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at Big Rapids First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm St.

These concerts are part of the series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by Ferris State University that features a variety of musical styles performed by local talented musicians.

This week’s concert includes a wide variety of styles including movie music, marches, Bulgarian music, polkas, songs by George Gershwin and the swing band favorite, “In the Mood.”

The talents of several musicians will be highlighted, including Mollie Weber (euphonium) and Maria Borton (vocals). FSU Pep Band Director Dale Skornia also will be featured as an alto sax soloist and guest conductor.

Sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” initiative, the Ferris Community Summer Band is celebrating its 53rd 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 fit into their schedules. Musical friends and relatives visiting in town this summer also are welcome. To participate, either contact director Scott Cohen in advance (231) 591-2484 or email RichardScottCohen@ferris.edu, or attend the next rehearsal.

There is one more rehearsal, for the final concert of the series. Performers will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 2, in Room 108 of the Ferris State University Music Center in preparation for the Tuesday, July 3, concert at the Big Rapids Band Shell.

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