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Membership in the Pops Orchestra

For 47 years the Pops Orchestra has been performing for the greater Sarasota and Bradenton communities but you may not be aware of the Orchestra’s support of young musicians. Each season, several promising young musicians perform as members of the orchestra gain valuable experience and mentoring from section leaders and its conductor.

Camping With the Pops

In 2018, Camping With the Pops was started to provide high school and college instrumental music students the opportunity to continue their musical development during the summer.

In Summer 2023, over 60 students, coached by musicians from the Pops Orchestra and music educators, participated in a week-long camp performing in ensembles that included a string ensemble, a woodwind ensemble, low brass ensemble, a saxophone choir, a percussion ensemble, and a jazz band. The week concluded with a stirring student recital open to the public.

The faculty coaches for the camp were drawn from music educators performing with the Pops Orchestra and the local community. They have included Vic Mongillo, Jazz Band; Dr. Jane Hoffman, Woodwind Quintet; Zach McKee, Saxophone Choir; Nikki Rinsema, String Ensemble; and Dr. Dan Burdick, Brass Ensemble.

The camp was sponsored by The Hecht Foundation and hosted by the State College of Florida.

Summer 2022 Camping with the Pops Video

Our Musicians

Who plays in The Pops Orchestra?

They are teachers, parents, neighbors, students. They have jobs. They have children. They have homes and schedules and commitments. They teach at local colleges, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. They work in business, the arts and health care. Some are retired. Some are military veterans. They live in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Anna Maria Island, Punta Gorda, Nokomis, Sun City Center, St. Petersburg, and Holmes Beach among others. Some of them are snowbirds. And they are all musicians with The Pops Orchestra. This season we have more than 60 musicians who bring their skill, passion and talent to the stage. The Pops is proud to be a community wide orchestra with musicians who live and work in our midst.

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About The Pops

"Music You Love, Musicians You Know.”

The Pops Orchestra is the community orchestra for the greater Bradenton/Sarasota community. With more than 65 instrumentalists, including some of the finest professional, amateur and student musicians throughout the area and led by Dr. Robyn Bell, the Pops presents high quality musical entertainment at affordable prices.

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