Multiband Pops celebrates 30 years

It was 30 years ago that several Music and Dance Department faculty and students created the first Multiband Pops Concert to help celebrate the opening of the Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. A smashing success, even in its first year, the event continues to attract alumni, students, staff and faculty members, as well as music lovers from around the Pioneer Valley.

“It may be the great variety of ensembles, performers and music that continues to attract audiences,” said Marilyn Kushick, director of Marketing and Fundraising for the Department of Music and Dance. “Or it may be the fast pace of the concert. The concert consists of a seamless stream of performing groups or individuals that does not allow for applause between the end of one and the beginning of another performance. In addition, performers may be located on the stage, at the back of the hall, or on the sides. Audiences are always surprised to see from where the next performance will come.”

This year’s Multiband Pops will take place on Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. It will include the Chapel Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, Marimba Ensemble, Minuteman Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Band, University Dancers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. Produced by professor Jeffrey Holmes, performances will be directed by Thomas Hannum, Jeffrey Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole, Eduardo Leandro, Kenneth Lipitz, George Parks, Laura Rexroth and David Sporny.

Tickets are $18 general public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children under 18, and are available at the FAC Box Office (545-2511) or online at