“To stop the flow of music would be to
stop time itself–incredible and inconceivable.”
~ Aaron Copland
“Music is a moral law. It gives
soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and flight to the imagination.”
“An education of the mind without
an education of the heart is no education at all.”
Where live band music was once a common occurrence, it is now
a rare event. The Golden West Pops is a non-profit organization
whose charter purpose is "the enlightenment of its members through
a program of music education." This enlightenment through
music, however, is not reserved only for its members. The 50+ members
of the organization perform at least a dozen concerts a year entertaining
hundreds of people who may not have many opportunities to hear a
live concert band. Venues include county fairs, street fairs,
carnivals, and charity benefits and are often without any recompence.
Golden West Pops is an adult community concert band. Most
members are well beyond their school years. However, almost
every one of them began in a school music program.
Participating in a school music program has been proven through
research to increase attendance and academic performance in our
schools. However, if there are no role models to motivate these
students, no opportunities to expose them to live concert band
performances, how will they ever choose to participate
The Golden West Pops is fueled by three precious commodities,
talent, enthusiasm, and funding. The first we can cultivate,
the second we provide in droves, the third comes only from dues
that every member must pay, occasional donations from our
concert hosts, and your generosity.
Please choose to give what you can to support the Golden West Pops.