Ferndale – The Ferndale Community Concert Band Is Going Old School Playing Time-honored Tunes at their concert on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. All concerts are performed in the Ferndale High School Auditorium at 881 Pinecrest, Ferndale. Free Admission; Donations Appreciated.
Ed Quick, artistic director and conductor and the 80 member band will showcase musical selections including Air For Band, (Revised Edition), The Blue and the Gray (Civil War Suite), First Suite in E for Military Band, Instant Concert, Orange Bowl – March, and Orpheus in the Underworld – Overture on Themes from the Operetta.
The FCCB will feature Joe Broom, award-winning Euphonium player from U of M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is the Euphonium Artist 2016 Gold Medalist of the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. The FCCB will showcase Joe playing La Corrida de Toros for Solo Euphonium & Wind ensemble by David Bandman & Harlequin Euphonium Solo by Phillip Sparke.
Sharon Chess, co-founder of the FCCB said, “Our dedicated volunteer musicians would not have this opportunity without the generous support of Ferndale High School staff; Roger Smith, Principal, Tim Burke, Ferndale Middle School Music Director and Elon Jamison Ferndale High School Director of Bands and the support of the City of Ferndale.”
About the FCCB:
Established in May 2015, the FCCB brings traditional band music to the Ferndale community. Many of its members have been band directors and music educators in Detroit Public Schools and other area school districts. Almost one-quarter of the members are alumni from Ferndale High School (from 1969 through 2016) and a few are current students of the FHS music program.
The conductor and several musicians have reached state, national and worldwide acclaim with the students and bands they have taught over the years.
Ed Quick, artistic director and conductor, while director of Detroit School of Arts started the music program and led the band to perform in Carnegie Hall on four separate occasions with a standing invitation to perform.
Victoria Miller, plays flute, retired DPS Band Director from Detroit Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School. She and her band had the privilege to perform at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games and the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. Victoria is also a recipient of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award for 2010 and received the award in Carnegie Hall. A fun fact is she makes the best-smoked turkey legs and rumor has it, nachos. You may purchase her amazing turkey legs and sauce at concerts.
Stanley Bawol, plays trumpet in the band. He was the 2007 Mr. Holland’s Opus Award recipient and received the award in Carnegie Hall. He retired from Detroit Public Schools after twenty-two years with a combined 30 years of teaching. He now plays in Ben Pruitt’s Big Band as lead trumpet and the Ferndale Community Concert Band. In his free time, he is a builder and carpenter always working on his home in Detroit and his up north property.
Timothy Brennan, percussionist, tuba and bass player is also the co-founder and Director of Operations & Logistics for FCCB. He retired from Hamtramck School District. He taught at Kosciusko Middle School, Dickinson West and Dickinson East Elementary Schools. In addition, Tim played in the U. S. Army Band for twenty-eight years and conducted the 70th Division Band from 2001 until 2004. He conducted and trained the 156th Army Band Jazz ensemble for four years before retiring from active service in 2014.
The FCCB is entirely comprised of a diverse background of talented volunteer musicians who enjoy performing and creating musical memories for the community. The FCCB was one of twelve bands who participated in the Red Cedar Band Festival at Okemos High School on March 4, 2017. The FCCB performed in the Motor City Brass Band’s Festival of Bands in April 2016. The FCCB was one of only four community bands invited. The concert finale was performed by 300 combined band members.
Opportunities for advertising & sponsorships are still available. Information about the band and their performance schedule is available on the band website at www.fcconcertband.org or on Facebook.
A selection of baked goods will be available for purchase before and after the concert, donated by FCCB musicians. Victoria Miller, makes the most incredible smoked turkey legs and they, too, will be for sale.
CD’s For Sale at All Concerts for $10 each:
The band records each concert and has CD’s for sale. Order online or you may fill out an order sheet.
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