March 29, 2010

FSU To Miss Pep Band Student Conductor

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department will lose the services of a valuable team member as current FSU Athletic Pep Band student conductor Jason Workman is slated to graduate this spring.

Workman, who has served in the role of student conductor for the past two seasons, recently worked one of his final performances as a pep band member in the Bulldog Hockey team's trip to Joe Louis Arena for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championships last weekend (March 19-20).  The trip not only included performing at two games inside the storied venue, but also an appearance at the CCHA Fan Fest event held at the Detroit Renaissance Center.

"Jason has been great to work with and we're going to miss his professionalism," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles.  "He's been open-minded to new ideas as the student conductor and a valuable member in helping us generate excitement.   

"The pep band helps provide a great atmosphere and tremendous home advantage for us and he's been an important part of those efforts," Coles added.

In his four-year tenure with the FSU Athletic Pep Band, Workman has recorded a perfect attendance mark for all rehearsals and has attended virtually every Bulldog home hockey, football along with men's and women's basketball game.  In fact, he's missed only one performance over the course of his four years.  

Prior to beginning his term as student conductor in the fall of 2008, Workman spent a year as the pep band's associate student conductor.  He was a pep band woodwind section leader in 2006 and began his pep band career as a clarinetist.

"We've implemented some new things with the pep band under Jason's direction and he's been an outstanding help," said Coles.  "In his time, we've changed the way we enter games from the Bulldog, added sing-along tunes and utilized theme nights, all of which are things where we've asked the pep band to help play key roles."

The four-year athletics pep band member has also been a member of the FSU Symphony Band in his time at Ferris.  The Bridgman, Mich., native, who was his high school class valedictorian, plans to graduate magna cum laude from FSU in May with a bachelor's degree in biotechnology.

A FSU Dean's List honoree, Workman has been active in several other campus organizations in addition to the pep band.  He's compiled over 105 hours of volunteer work as part of the FSU Honors Program and serves as president of the Delta Nu Alpha Biotech Fraternity.  Additionally, he's also currently a lab assistant in the biochemistry lab at Ferris State.

Workman, who's a former volunteer librarian at the Big Rapids Public Library, has worked as a volunteer tutor in anatomy/physiology along with mathematics as a Ferris student.  He was also a volunteer lab technician at FSU in the summer of 2009.

The former recipient of the FSU Athletic Pep Band Mentor Award was chosen as an Outstanding Biology Graduate Finalist this year and has also been a Rising Star Award nominee.  He's received numerous scholarships during his college years, including the Woodbridge N. Ferris President's Scholarship, Kelso Battle Scholarship, Mittal Steel Legacy Foundation Scholarship, Resident Life Scholarship along with the FSU Dean's Ability Scholarship for both biotechnology and music.

The FSU Athletic Pep Band regularly performs for all home football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and hockey games under the guidance of faculty director and visiting assistant professor of music Dr. Dale Skornia. Band members conduct themselves in a spirited manner that promotes the goals of education, ambassadorship and community at all rehearsals, performances and band social events. 

The Athletic Pep Band is not an academic class. but its members can qualify for ability-based scholarships. Members strive to exhibit the highest levels of both musicianship and school spirit.  Overall membership is open to any FSU student and at the sole discretion of the Faculty Director.

For more information on the FSU Athletic Pep Band, please visit its official website at this link:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/artsands/link_desc.cfm?LinkID=79