Save Ferris

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Save Ferris
Origin Orange County, California, United States
Genres Ska punk
Years active 1995–2003, 2013–present
Labels Sony BMG/Starpool/Epic/Columbia
Associated acts The MojoWire
Nuckle Brothers
Members Monique Powell
Brandon Dickert
Adam Bones
Max O'Leary
Alex Csillag
Nate Light
Past members José Castellanos
Brian Mashburn
Bill Uechi
Eric Zamora
Mark Harismendy
Brian "T-Bone Willy" Williams
Evan Kilbourne
Steve 'Baby Bird' White
Oliver Zavala
Adrienne Knolff
Steve Cordero
Jesse Tunnell
Denny Weston Jr.
Joe Berry
Gordon Bash
Patrick Ferguson
Erik Hughes
Alexander Burke
Alexander Mathias
Connor McElwain
Jesse Stern

Save Ferris is a ska punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, California.[1] Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In 1995, the band began to perform underground venues in Southern California. In 1996, the band won a Grammy showcase award for best-unsigned band and a contract with Epic Records (SONY). Their album It Means Everything from 1997 was their first full-length album. By 1999, the band moved from ska-pop into pop-punk. After a hiatus, in 2017, Save Ferris released the Checkered Past EP.


1995–1996 Early years and Introducing Save Ferris EP

The band came together after the dissolution of a number of Orange County, California bands.[2] With the band working together under their own “Starpool” label, they began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.[3]

The band released their debut EP Introducing Save Ferris on their own label, Starpool Records in 1996, and ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP “out of the trunks of their cars.” That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song "She Has A Girlfriend Now" from their album Turn the Radio Off (Mojo), which is considered one of RBF’s most requested songs to date.

Riding a wave of support from fans all over Southern California, Save Ferris became favorites of KROQ radio’s legendary “Rodney on the Rock”, which resulted in regular airplay on LA’s world-famous KROQ radio station, possibly being the first unsigned band to do this in LA alternative radio history. Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a Grammy showcase award for best-unsigned band, earning them a recording contract with Epic Records (SONY).[4]

1997 It Means Everything and mainstream success

Save Ferris in the 1990s

The band released their debut full-length album, It Means Everything, for Epic in 1997. The album featured several re-recorded tracks from the EP, some new songs, and a cover of Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen,[5] which became the band’s most successful single to date. It Means Everything also featured the single "The World is New," which was featured in the film The Big Hit starring Mark Wahlberg, and was later featured in the trailers for Senseless and Thomas and the Magic Railroad, as well as an episode of the TV series 7th Heaven.[6]

Save Ferris toured extensively in support of It Means Everything, opening for bands such as Sugar Ray, The Offspring, Goldfinger, and Reel Big Fish and two mainstage spots on the Vans Warped Tour in 1998 and 2000. In April 1998, they made their television debut on HBO's music series Reverb and made an on-screen appearance in the teen film, 10 Things I Hate About You. The album sold over 400,000 copies, and spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico. With two singles in the Billboard top 100 and full rotation on alternative radio all over the world, It Means Everything was able to go Platinum internationally.[7]

1998–1999 Modified Era

After the departure of the band’s first drummer, Marc Harismendy,[8] in 1998, Save Ferris regrouped and released their appropriately titled sophomore album for Epic records, Modified, in October 1999. The album saw the band moving away from their ska-pop roots and into pop-punk territory. The album also spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico.[9]

Save Ferris supported Modified on tour throughout the next several years including a trek with Lit[10] in the U.S., a headlining tour of the UK and a center stage live performance at the Winter Olympics Snowboarding Championships in Salt Lake City.

2000–2003 Hiatus, and For the Fans Tour

Through the years, Save Ferris went through a number of changes in their lineup, most notably the departure of Brian Mashburn, the band’s main songwriter, who quit Save Ferris in 2003. Soon to follow Mashburn were Eric Zamora and Bill Uechi, departing to start a new band.

Soon after the departure of Mashburn, Powell self-financed what she called the "For the Fans" Save Ferris US tour in 2003, which included a mainstage performance at Ska Summit in Las Vegas for over 10,000 fans.[11]

2004–2012 Post-breakup

From 2004 to 2008, Powell appeared on albums by The Used, Lostprophets, Hilary Duff, Goldfinger and others.[12] She also started a now defunct band called The Mojo Wire in 2008, and toured in the LA area after an overwhelming response to the four demos posted online .[13]

In 2003, Bill Uechi, Brian Mashburn, T-Bone Willy, Eric Zamora, and Oliver Zavala started the band Starpool with Alan Meade on vocals and Phil Hanson on drums.[14]

2013–present Revival

Save Ferris, now led by Powell, went on indefinite hiatus from 2003 until the spring of 2013, in which Powell once again regrouped and headlined the Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA to a sold out audience of over 7,000 fans, and another sold out show at the El Rey theater in Los Angeles.[15]

After two years of legal mediation in which some of the ex members sued Powell, and Powell responded with a countersuit, in 2015, and the official Save Ferris Facebook page, previously owned and run by some of the ex-members, was taken over by Powell in her new incarnation of Save Ferris, indicating that the name was legally awarded to Powell.[16] A message was later posted on the homepage in October 2015, indicating that the lawsuits between the members has been amicably resolved; the message has since been removed.[17]

Also in 2015, ASCAP songwriting records were updated to represent Powell as co-writer on a number of Save Ferris songs not previously represented in the liner notes of the albums.[18]

In 2016, Save Ferris ran a successful Pledge Music campaign to raise money for what would be the first new album in over 15 years. Their financial goal was hit in only a couple of weeks, fully funded by their fans. They co-headlined Mexico City Ska Fest 2016 with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones,[19] and headlined the hugely successful Santa Monica Pier Twilight Series in August to a crowd of approximately 30,000 people.[20]

On February 10, 2017, Save Ferris released the Checkered Past EP, their first release in 18 years. [21]The EP was produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila and features a guest appearance by Neville Staple of The Specials on the EP's first single, "New Sound". The band will embark on a month and a half long tour starting in mid-February 2017. The band are currently on the US Warped Tour throughout the summer of 2017[22]. They played the anniversary show for the Lawrence Beer Company on August 31, 2018.


  • Monique Powell – lead vocals (1995–2003, 2013–present), keyboards (1995–2003)
  • Brandon Dickert — drums (2015–present)
  • Adam Bones – guitar and backing vocals (2017–present)
  • Alex Csillag – trombone/keyboards (2017–present)
  • Max O'Leary – trumpet (2017–present)
  • Nate Light – bass and backing vocals (2018–present)

  • Adrienne Knolff - co-lead vocals (1995–1996)
  • Bill Uechi – bass (1995–2002)
  • Eric Zamora – alto and tenor saxophone (1995–2002)
  • Brian Mashburn – guitar and backing vocals (1995–2002)
  • Jesse Tunnell – trombone (1995–1996)
  • T-Bone Willy – trombone (1996–2002)
  • José Castellaños – trumpet (1995–2000)
  • Oliver Zavala – trumpet & backing vocals (2000–02)
  • Steve White – trumpet (2002)
  • Steve Cordero – drums (1995)
  • Marc Harismendy – drums (1995–98)
  • Evan Kilbourne – drums (1998–2002)
  • Denny Weston Jr. — drums (2013–2015)
  • Joe Berry — saxophone, additional guitar and backing vocals (2013–2015)
  • Gordon Bash — bass and backing vocals (2013–2017), trumpet (2013–2015)
  • Patrick Ferguson — guitar (2013–2017)
  • Erik Hughes — trombone (2013–2016)
  • Alex Burke — keyboards (2013–2016)
  • Scott Jones — trumpet (2015)
  • Connor McElwain — trumpet (2015–2017)
  • Richard Velzen – trombone (2016–2017)
  • Jonathan Levi Shanes – keyboards (2016–2017)
  • Alexander Mathias — saxophone (2016–2017)
  • Jesse Stern – bass and backing vocals (2017–2018)




Year Album details Peak chart positions
1997 It Means Everything[26]
  • Released: September 9, 1997
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD
1999 Modified[27]
  • Released: October 19, 1999
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD


Year Album details
1996 Introducing Save Ferris[28]
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Starpool
  • Format: CD
2017 Checkered Past[29]
  • Released: March 3, 2017
  • Label: Withyn Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
Alternative Songs
1997 "Come On Eileen" 26 It Means Everything
1998 "Goodbye" 32

Other appearances

The following Save Ferris songs were released on compilation albums and soundtracks. This is not an exhaustive list; songs that were first released on the band's albums and EPs are not included.

Year Release details Track
1997 Punk vs. Ska, Round I[31]
  • Released: February 17, 1997
  • Label: Skratch Vegas
  • Format: CD
The Ska Parade: Runnin' Naked Thru the Cornfield[32]
  • Released: October 14, 1997
  • Label: A to Y
  • Format: CD
  • "S.Y.L.S.B." ("Support Your Local Ska Band")
1998 Santa's Swingin' Sack
  • Released: December 1998
  • Label: KROQ
  • Format: CD
1999 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack[33]
  • Released: April 6, 1999
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Format: CD
  • "I Know"
2000 The Real Slim Santa
  • Released: December 2000
  • Label: KROQ
  • Format: CD


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  31. ^ "Punk vs. Ska, Round I". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  32. ^ "The Ska Parade: Runnin' Naked Thru the Cornfield". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  33. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
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