The fall leaves of November are long gone, winter snow is fast approaching Southern Maine, and the temperatures have dropped to the low teens each evening. Yet for the Maine Pops Concert Band, it’s now time to finally finish its 35th anniversary celebration.
On Sunday, January 21, the Maine Pops will perform its “Bringer of Jollity” concert inside the Falmouth High School auditorium, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The school is located at 74 Woodville Road, in Falmouth, ME.
This concert was originally slated as the band’s November 19 fall performance, but was postponed due to circumstances beyond the band's control. Having rehearsed the selection of fall music since September, Maine Pops Director David Watts said the band deserves to perform the music it's worked so hard on the past six months. The concert was rebooked for Falmouth High School and all material slated for the November performance will be played January 21.
In staying with the anniversary theme set at its spring concert last April, Watts selected material that represents past performances by both the Maine Pops and the Italian Heritage Center Band – created in 1988 and forerunner of the current Maine Pops. Compositions will feature a variety of music – ranging from marches to medleys and classical to popular music. Composers of the music selected for the concert include Eric Whitacre, Billy Joel, Jaime Texidor, Morton Gould, Gustav Holst, Alfred Reed, and John Philip Sousa.
Following the January concert in Falmouth, the Maine Pops will resume rehearsals on January 24 at Scarborough High School to prepare for its April 28 spring concert. The April 28 concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. but the location of the spring concert is pending final approval.
For more information about scheduling, joining, contributing, or sponsoring the Maine Pops Concert Band, please visit http://www.mainepops.org.