creative:impact - Holiday Music And Year-Round Faith At Ann Arbor's First Congregational Church

Dec 11, 2018

Terry Farmer
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Music can always brighten up your holiday season.  That is part of the Terry Farmer's mission.  Farmer is the director of contemporary services at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.  He discusses his musical journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."

Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

About Terry Farmer

Terry is a seasoned professional musician.  Starting from a young age in his family band, Terry’s music career has taken him to all four corners of the country and beyond as a player and band leader, including a 2 year stint as lead guitarist with surf legends Jan & Dean, and 3 years of national touring with his original rock & roll band, The Bead Band.

In the 1990’s, after several years living in Los Angeles, he spent 6 years studying classical guitar at the University of Denver and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  At the turn of the century, Terry returned to his roots creating several solo CDs featuring a fusion of styles and players – and all original songs.  Terry has been artistic director and musical director for many initiatives including the live radio show, Radio Free Bacon, and has toured the US and Canada extensively as part of various groups.

As part of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, Terry is a certified Suzuki teacher and runs a thriving guitar studio.  He is adjunct faculty at Concordia University Ann Arbor and directs the contemporary service at the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.


Terry Farmer Music

First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor

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