Monterey County Pops! is an orchestra dedicated to bringing pops and patriotic music performed by professional musicians free-of-charge to the families and visitors of Monterey County while identifying, engaging and educating under-served youth of Monterey County.
The Monterey County Pops! Orchestra has one big goal: more concerts, more locations and more kids involved in creating free-to-the-public professional music experiences. They bring performance opportunities to students who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to play with a professional orchestra. Last year they doubled their program, offering 18 performances featuring more than 1,000 students in 12 communities throughout Monterey County. Next year, they plan to expand into North County, add a pops and patriotic community concert in Salinas and add a high school clinic and community concert with the King City schools.
It was amazing. It made me play better and it was easier to keep time. I never saw a live orchestra before.
- Anonymous, age 11