POPS planning progresses

Band finalizes concert theme, name


Heather Westwood

Freshman Henry Hein practices during his first hour band class Feb. 10. The POPS concert is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7 in the auditorium.

Sam Orloff

The band continues to work toward the POPS concert, finalizing a number of key logistical details, according to band teacher Steve Schmitz

Schmitz said POPS refers to the student-planned concert which often features lighter music.

I have almost 150 kids in band and I think almost everyone is excited,” Schmitz said.

According to Schmitz, the theme of POPS this year will be Broadway.

Some music we’ll play includes ‘Chicago,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Jersey Boys,’” Schmitz said.

Junior band student Nathan Kempf said the POPS concert includes visible differences from other band concerts.

“We are excited because we are playing critically acclaimed music and longer pieces,” Kempf said. “For example, we are playing a 10-minute medley, which is the longest piece we’ve ever played.”

According to Schmitz, the POPS concert gives each band the opportunity to express its artistic freedoms by choosing to play pieces that fit the theme.

Each band will vote on a POPS feature,” Schmitz said. “We will also play a combined number or two at the end of the show.”

Freshman Lily Kulevesky said POPS appears more entertaining than other band concerts.

“POPS sounds pretty cool because the music is fun,” Kulevesky said.

According to Schmitz, the title for this year’s concert is POPS Steals the Show.

Kempf said regardless of the music and concert atmosphere, POPS requires hard work.

“POPS is a special challenge for all of the bands,” Kempf said.

Schmitz said the concert will take place at 7 p.m. March 7 in the auditorium, preceded by a pizza dinner and jazz band performance at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.