The Maine Pops Concert Band officially began its 2021-2022 season on September 5, resuming Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m.
Currently, the Maine Pops is rehearsing eight compositions in preparation for concerts in November and December. With COVID-19 still present and impacting indoor rehearsal venues, the band continues its outdoor sessions at the Falmouth Village Park in Falmouth, Maine. The band is coordinating with local schools and other potential indoor rehearsal locations in hopes of obtaining an indoor site before colder temperatures halt the band's outdoor efforts. As soon as venue is obtained, we'll update.
As of the end of September, the Maine Pops Concert Band has over 50 registered musicians for the 2021-2022 season. A membership drive is currently underway to bring back Maine Pops musicians to pre-pandemic levels, and recruit new members to the ensemble. Those interested in joining can go to The Band – Maine POPS Concert Band.
Although the pandemic cancelled all 2020-2021 live performances, the Maine Pops stayed musically active using virtual performances to keep its members playing. The band released a virtual Christmas concert in December of 2020, then spent the spring of 2021 in virtual rehearsal, releasing five single performances between February and June. In all performances, band members recorded their parts at home and submitted tracks for production.
The Maine Pops returned to in-person rehearsals in July of 2021, ending 16 months of pandemic seclusion with a nine-week summer rehearsal season in Falmouth. About a third of the current membership spent the summer reuniting with fellow musicians and regaining their musical endurance in preparation for the fall season.
For more information on our continued musical mission, reach out to Bob Swerdlow at email@example.com.