Symphonic Electronic

In an eclectic twist of live music and live game play, the Coker Concert Band and the college’s esports team are collaborating on a special concert event, Symphonic Electronic, on April 15, 7:30pm in the Watson Theater at the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on Coker’s campus.


The concert will be an immersive experience featuring music from some of the most iconic video games of all time––the music will be played by the concert band and the video games, streaming live during the concert, will be played by Coker’s esports team. Some of the games featured include World of Warcraft, Halo, and Starcraft. For a concert preview, please check out this video.


“I am so excited about this concert!,” says Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band.  “The audience will love the recognizable themes from some classic games, but will also be struck by the quality of some less familiar selections.  The collaboration with Coach Rudy and the esports team has been a lot of fun, and I think this concert will be accessible to a broad audience.”


“Collaborating with the Coker Concert Band is a unique experience for myself and my players,” says Joseph Rudy, Director and Coach of the Esports Program. “I am very excited to be a part of this performance. As someone who grew up playing the majority of these games, it is an amazing experience to be able to hear them played out by a live band, while my players are playing along with them.”


The Coker Concert Band has 65 members, which includes not only Coker students, but community members, as well.


The concert is free and open to the public.


For more information about Symphonic Electronic, please contact Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band at

Coker College Band Earth Day Concert



The Coker College Band will be performing an Earth Day centered concert on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hartsville campus.


Celebrate Earth Day with a musical program of nature, Earth, and world peace inspired songs performed by the college’s 65 member concert band.  The concert will conclude with Michael Jackson’s piece, “Heal the World” featuring members of the Mayo HS for MST Concert choir and Phoenix Phame show choir.


The Phoenix Phame show choir of Mayo High School for MST is in its seventh year of existence and has performed at several community events as well as Disney World, Carowinds, and the SC School Board’s annual conference. Phoenix Phame performs popular music of today and yesterday, promoting positivity and encouraging high self-esteem. Concert Choir is made up of Mayo’s more serious vocalists and includes students that participate in All-State Choir and State Performance Assessment where the group has consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior. Phoenix Phame and Concert Choir, directed by Cole Davis consist of students from all over Darlington County in grades nine through twelve.


The Coker Band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of Coker College student and community musicians.  Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, Coker College faculty members along with local students from Darlington High School, Hartsville High School, McBee High School, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Florence District One. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.  The event is free and open to the public.