Illegitimum non carborundum

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.

2019 Invitation

Hi everyone,

2019 Harvard Summer Pops Band registration is now live!


2019 Harvard Summer Pops Registration Form


Another season of the Harvard Summer Pops band is soon to begin. This year marks the 47th season that the band has been in existence. I hope you are planning on joining us again. Here are some dates and details to get on your calendar.


The Harvard Summer Pops 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 26th. The remaining rehearsals will be every Wednesday through July 24th. All rehearsals will be in Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street


The Summer Band's annual Harvard Yard concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th and the annual Hatch Shell concert on the Charles River Esplanade at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28th., 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 26th 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 (

First Rehearsal Wednesday, June 26, 2018 from 7:15 pm-9:30 pm.

All remaining rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.



Thursday July 25th, at 4:00 in Harvard Yard

Sunday July 28th, 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