pexels pixabay 159291Fans of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra are well aware of their popular On Tap events. These events feature a select group of musicians from the orchestra performing at various local bars and restaurants.

One of the main attractions at these gatherings is the jazz quartet once headed by Kris Vargas, a talented trumpet player. Vargas, who is also a member of the Army band, relocated to Belgium in November, much to the dismay of those who have enjoyed his musical performances. He is now the proud member of the prestigious Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe band or SHAPE.

Symphony on Tap events have exciting news to share: the jazz quartet has made a comeback with a fresh addition to their lineup. Ronnal Ford plays second oboe and English horn in the symphony. At the Symphony on

Tap events, he will showcase his versatility by playing not only the saxophone but also a range of other instruments he is proficient in.

Ford is a highly skilled and adaptable musician, renowned for his exceptional abilities. In his role as a performer, he is proficient in a wide range of instruments including Flute/Piccolo, Oboe/English horn, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Saxophones, Violin, Viola and Cello. Additionally, he demonstrates his talent by arranging music for different ensembles.

Ford and the other members of the jazz quartet will be having their first performance at Heckler Brewing Company on Mardi Gras, which falls on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. Fans of the On Tap Events are in for a delightful surprise as they will be treated to fresh tunes and updated musical arrangements.

Speaking of Heckler Brewing Company, they have recently moved to a larger facility! Their new address is 5780 Ramsey St #102, and they have also started offering food options.


Here is a list of all of the Symphony on Tap events to date::
Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.: Symphony on Tap at Heckler Brewing Company
5780 Ramsey Street, Suite #102, Fayetteville
Jazz Quartet Performing

March 15 at 7 p.m.: Symphony on Tap at Gaston Brewing Taproom
421 Chicago Dr, Fayetteville
Violin & Piano Duo Performing

April 13 at 7 p.m.: Symphony on Tap at Dirty Whiskey Craft Cocktail Bar
5431 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills
Jazz Quartet Performing

May 5 at noon: Symphony on Tap at District House of Taps for Brunch
1240 Bragg Rd, Fayetteville
Violin & Guitar/Piano Duo Performing

June 22 at 7 p.m.: Symphony on Tap at Dirtbag Ales
5431 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills

The Symphony on Tap events organized by the FSO are completely free and do not require any reservations. Make sure to stay updated by following them on Facebook to get the complete schedule of their events and to stay informed about any new additions.


Big News for Next Season

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has revealed their plans to commission a fresh musical composition that will be showcased at some point during Black History Month 2025. Ahmed AL Abaca, a composer and conductor from Chicago, will create this brand-new composition.

This musical piece will showcase the diverse talents and instruments that Ronnal Ford, mentioned above, is capable of playing. The two men know each other and have had the pleasure of working together before. The FSO has embarked on an exhilarating venture, which promises to be a momentous event for the spectators when it is unveiled in 2025.

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