SAVE FERRIS is a ska-punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, Southern California. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The band formed after the dissolution of a number of Southern California bands. With Monique Powell as manager front person and cosongwriter, the band began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.
Financed by Powell's sister, the band released their debut EP ''Introducing SAVE FERRIS' on Powell’s label, Starpool Records in 1996. They ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP “out of the trunks of their cars”, with huge support from Orange County independent record shops and fans. That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song "She Has A Girlfriend Now” on their album “Turn the Radio Off” (Mojo).
Through the years, SAVE FERRIS went through a number of changes in their musical lineup, the hardest being the departure of Monique’s friend, writing partner and guitar player, Brian Mashburn. Claiming that touring was just too hard on his personal life, he left SAVE FERRIS to pursue a musical project with his wife. Though Ms. Powell pleaded that Mashburn stay on for one last tour and to release their still unreleased album, Mashburn refused.
Hoping to give SAVE FERRIS's loyal fans the opportunity to say goodbye one last time, Powell self-financed what she called the "For the Fans" SAVE FERRIS US tour in 2003. On March 29, 2003 at Ska Summit 2003 in Las Vegas, SAVE FERRIS played on the main stage to a thunderously positive response. Other appearances of note Ms. Powell has made: “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” film, ‘Roswell” network television, “The Conan O’Brien Show”, "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher”, MTV’s Loveline with Dr. Drew, the “Keenan Ivory Wayans” show, the “Late Show with Craig Kilbourne”, and the 2002 Winter Olympics nationally telecast snowboarding championships in Salt Lake City. The Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair 7/27/13 marked the first appearance of SAVE FERRIS in ten years, and drew over 6000 fans for their celebratory return. Keep an eye out for Save Ferris' return to a town near you soon…..