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Summer Pops Band

Founded by director emeritus Tom Everett in 1972, the Harvard Summer Pops Band (HSPB) is open without audition to all brass, woodwind, and percussion players from Cambridge, Harvard, and the Greater Boston area, regardless of age or experience. It is a great way to keep playing during the summer, or to start playing again if you haven't touched your instrument in a number of years. Each season of the HSPB concludes with two concerts at the end of July, one in Harvard Yard and one at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

2017 Invitation

Hi everyone,

It will not be long now until we begin another season of the Harvard Summer Pops Band. This year marks the 45th season that the band has been in existence. I hope you are planning on joining us again for the 2017 Summer Band Season! More information will follow but here are some dates and details to get on your calendar.

The Harvard Summer Pops Band announces its 45th season this summer of 2017. The Summer Band is open to all brass, woodwind, and percussion musicians regardless of age or experience (without audition or fees). The ensemble's first rehearsal is Wednesday evening, June 21st. Rehearsals will be in Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, and every Wednesday through July 19th. The Summer Band's annual Harvard Yard concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20th and the annual Hatch Shell concert on the Charles River Esplanade at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23rd. You may register here before the first rehearsal. Pre-registration is not required but it is helpful for setting up the first rehearsal. Participants are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early on June 21st to meet the conductor and fellow section members.

For more information, please call the Harvard University Band at 617-496-2263 or email Mark Olson (

In a nutshell:
First Rehearsal Wednesday, June 21, 2017
All rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.

Thursday July 20th, at 4:00 in Harvard Yard
Sunday July 23rd, at 3:00 in the Hatch Memorial Shell

Best Regards,

Mark E. Olson
Director of Harvard Band and Wind Ensemble
Harvard University
74 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138