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Annual Pops Concert

Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:00 pm

It's hard to believe the Maryland Band Centennial year is drawing to a close, but you have one more chance to celebrate by performing in the Pops Concert Alumni Band on May 2, 2009 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 8:00 pm with the Wind Ensemble; the Alumni Band performs at approximately 9:10 pm.

Guest Conductors

As of now, our guest conductors will be:

  • Fred Heath - American Overture
  • Acton Ostling - Jalousie
  • Henry Romersa - Maryland State March
  • L. Richmond Sparks - Dance of the Jesters
  • Michael Votta - The Gum Suckers March
  • John E. Wakefield - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral


The schedule is as follows. All times are approximate:

April 1 Registration opens — no cost to participate
April 3 Music available to download (approximate)
April 24 Registration closes
May 1 7:30–9:30 pm — Mandatory rehearsal in the John Wakefield Band Room @ CSPAC
May 2

4:00–5:30 pm — Mandatory rehearsal in the John Wakefield Band Room @ CSPAC
5:30–7:30 pm — Dinner on your own in College Park
8:00 pm — Pops Concert: Wind Ensemble performs
8:00 pm — Call time for Alumni Band
9:10–10:00 pm — Pops Concert: Alumni Band performs


Only percussion equipment will be provided for this concert. For all other instruments, you must provide your own.

Dress Code

Our concert attire will be all black (please start shopping now).  Women wear black top, black skirt or pants (with black socks), and black shoes.  Men wear black top (tie not necessary, but if you prefer one, make it black), black pants, and black socks and shoes.  


CSPAC will give each musician one complimentary ticket to the Pops Concert. To receive your ticket, you must register, download your music, and attend the Friday night rehearsal. After your participation is confirmed on Friday night, we'll send your name to the box office. Everyone on that list will be entitled to one complimentary ticket, available for pickup on Saturday, May 2nd, as early as 11:00 am, when the ticket office opens.

If you need more than one ticket, and you wish to purchase more, please note that your single complimentary ticket will not be located next to the seats for purchased tickets. So plan ahead if you're bringing your entire family. You can purchase additional tickets for $25 each online at the CSPAC Ticket Office.


The Stadium Drive Parking Garage is the most convenient parking area to the Band Room and CSPAC. The cost is $2 per hour, not to exceed $12. You can also park free in Lots Z and 1B to the right of the parking garage by the Ludwig track and soccer field. For more information on parking, click here.

Please watch your email and come back to this page for more information as we finalize the details.

This Centennial year has been so important to the University and to the Maryland Band program, and shows strong support for the importance of music in our schools. Help show your support to music programs everywhere by participating in the Pops Concert Alumni Band. We would not be the people we are today were it not for our beloved bands.

See you at Pops!


Unfortunately, my plans have change and I will not be able to attend the Pops concert.

How do we print out the re-burned music without re-registering?


Thom: as soon as the sheet music has been re-scanned and uploaded, we'll email everyone with the news and a link.

I know I am asking for miracles...but does the band have extra tubas sitting around? We are running into scheduling conflicts with our usual source for borrowing a tuba for John.

Betsy, Dr. Sparks told me that they don't have any concert horns to loan out. He suggested you try to get one from your local school. Sorry!!

Betsy - If you know any of the other tubas signed up, see if they have a spare! mk =)

Hey All,

I am a middle school band director. Please email me if you are looking for a horn to use for this event. I may be able to help out. On another note, do we have percussion?



While I am listed on Trumpet, I am bringing my *cornet*, to play with Curt Anstine and am flexible on parts. No need to consider me the 13th Trumpet when there are only 3cornets right now.
Happy to play with them too.


HELP!!!! How do I re-open my registration file to get back into the Print Music capability? Thanks!!! thom

Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in the concert due to conflicts between family and rehearsals. I look forward to attending the concert, though!