The Capitol Pops Concert Band will celebrate its 17th season with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.
Under the baton of Director Jerry Lopes, CPCB’s anniversary concert performance will include some of the band’s traditional American favorites that have entertained Northern California audiences for more than a decade. Voice and instrumental soloists will be part of the show, which will run for about two hours, with a 20-minute intermission.
The band’s performance represents a milestone for Lopes, who enters his final season as the CPCB’s full-time director, a position he has held since the band was formed in 1997.
Lopes’ 50-year career includes decades as a music educator, international performer and memberships in the region’s top symphony and orchestra organizations. He continues to play tuba and bass with Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners.
Longtime band supporter Eisley Nursery in Auburn will provide a special rosebush for the band’s student scholarship raffle and decorative spring plants will be available for sale after the concert concludes. All plant-sale proceeds support the CPCB’s general fund.
The concert is co-sponsored by the city of Citrus Heights and the Sunrise Recreation and Park District.
The Capitol Pops Concert Band annually performs a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California.
The 65 musicians span a wide range of ages, from students to nonagenarians. More information on the self-supporting, all-volunteer, nonprofit band can be found at capitolpops.org or on its Facebook page.