Ferrum College Bands
About the Program
The Ferrum College Band Program is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy college students who have many time commitments and responsibilities, but who love music and wish to continue playing after high school. The Ferrum College Bands rehearse on Monday from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday night rehearsals end after basketball season in mid-February. During football season, the marching band rehearses in the stadium from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Stadium rehearsal keep this schedule from the beginning of the school year until early November.
Ferrum College Students must register to receive college credit. In some instances it is acceptable to participate in the band program without registering for this course. However, that is at the discretion of the director of bands. The Marching Band and Color Guard are also open to students outside of Ferrum College. These students must turn in a special student form and pay a $200 participation fee.
Ferrum College students participating in the Ferrum College Bands may receive a $1000 annual band grant to help cover tuition.
The Marching Band practices a drum corps style of marching. The Ferrum College Marching Band performs during pregame and halftime at all home football games and selected away games. It also participates in local parades like the Franklin County Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Roanoke. The marching band rehearses on Wednesdays and Friday nights during the fall season until early November.
There is no audition requirement but students must have at least two years of high school marching band or color guard experience to join.
The Ferrum College Color Guard members you must be able to do the following this to join:
- Be familiar with the anatomy of the flag, for example, stoppers, tab, cheater tape, top tape and bottom tape.
- Pull hits
- Willingness to try and learn
The Ferrum College Mountain Winds is a community concert band established during spring of 2019 by Dr. Sixto Montesinos. It rehearses during the academic year on Monday nights from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. The FCMW is open to anyone in the surrounding communities that plays a wind or percussion instrument. String instruments such as double bass or violins are welcome to join at the discretion of the conductor.
The FCMW performs 2 concerts per semester. The difficulty level of the music is moderate considering that students and community members may have limited time to practice based on their busy professional or personal lives.
No audition is necessary at the moment but as the ensemble grows this may change. There is also no age requirement. However, basic proficiency in a musical instrument and experience playing in concert band is expected to successfully perform the selected repertoire for concerts.
The Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass is a brass ensemble comprised of Ferrum College brass students. It is also open to members of the community. The FCIMB performs Christmas carols during the fall for surrounding communities and also performs one feature concert in the spring. For more information on how to join this ensemble email Mr. Gregory Rock at email@example.com.
The Ferrum College Pep Band is under the direction of Dr. Montesinos and performs at every home basketball game while classes are in session from November through February.