Since 1997, the Capitol Pops has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music for thousands of patrons throughout Northern California. Based in Citrus Heights, the band is under the leadership of Director Kurt Pearsall. It's a self-supporting, all-volunteer band of 61 members. The musicians represent a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area, ranging in age from high school to 80s. Always on the lookout for musical talent, the Capitol Pops aims to promote and sponsor student participation in the band. Tax deductible donations to the Capitol Pops scholarship fund provide private music lessons for interested student members.
The band was certified a California Public Benefit Corporation in March 2003 and granted federal nonprofit status -- 501(c)(3) -- in June 2004. Band business is overseen by a Capitol Pops Council elected by the membership. More information on Capitol Pops activities can be obtained by calling (916) 725-5214.
The band is independently administered by the Band Council, Band Manager, and the Director. The Director administers all artistic matters. The Band Manager administers all business matters.
Kurt Pearsall, Director
Linda Glover, Band Manager
The Council members are:Jerry Lopes, Chair
Doug Wilner, Vice chair
Tom Carpentar, Secretary
Jude Garcia, Member at Large
Dick Hile, Member at Large
Leah Phillippe, Member at Large
Tim Riley, Member at Large
Whereas we receive a fee from the community districts that host our concerts, it's not enough to pay all of our bills. Our major expenditures are percussion instruments and sound equipment. Other costs include music royalties, printing, compensating the Music Director, and liability insurance.
We therefore ask for your contribution, please.
The Capitol Pops Concert Band is a fully instrumented band of volunteer musicians and workers. The band requires an evaluation of your musical abilities before you will be selected for membership. This is usually accomplished by inviting you to "sit in" and play when an "opening" occurs. You are then judged by your playing abilities.
Costs to band members is $35 each year and $50 dollars for two concert shirts. The band's season runs from February to December.