SAVE THE DATE: Maine Pops Concert Band to Perform its 2023 Spring Concert April 30 in Scarborough

The first in a series of 35th anniversary concerts by the Maine Pops Concert Band – its annual spring concert - will take place on Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Winslow Homer Center for the Arts in Scarborough, Maine. The Winslow Homer Center is located inside Scarborough High School, located at 11 Municipal Drive.

It is the first time since November 18, 2018, that the band will perform publicly at Scarborough High, and it marks the first auditorium-based performance for the band since November of 2019.

Formed as the Italian Heritage Band in 1988, the Maine Pops is currently conducting weekly rehearsal sessions, working on 13 compositions for its spring concert. Some of the selections were chosen by Maine Pops Director David Watts as a reflection of music performed in the past by both the Italian Heritage Band and the Maine Pops. He has combined those selection with some newly acquired compositions; all to provide a wide variety of music for attendees of all ages.

The band will formally announce the performance lineup, as well as admission fees and auditorium guidelines as the concert approaches.

The Maine Pops Concert Band provides a community service to the Greater Portland area, reaching out to its audiences by “Building Community Through Music.” The band enjoyed a successful fall and holiday performance season, and will follow the spring concert with a series of summer performances in public and private settings around the Portland area.

Maine Pops continues to recruit musicians.

As the band prepares for its spring concert and summer performance schedule, it is still looking for local musicians to fill its ranks. The Maine Pops has a critical need for clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, and percussion performers to help meet the band's increasing performance schedule and repertoire. All musicians within the Maine Pops are community volunteers with a love and desire for concert band performance. The band is looking for other local musicians of all ages to join its ranks.

The band plans to reach out to local colleges, and high schools to inform and recruit potential members, but it is also soliciting through the band's web and social media outlets to bring instrumental musicians into the band. If interested in joining the Maine Pops, please contact band president Bob Swerdlow at for more information.

The Maine Pops is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation. Contributions may be tax-deductible.