Hello all...Well according to our current schedule, we were supposed to start back rehearsing in preparation for the Memorial Day Concerts. Those concerts have been cancelled and the rest of the season, through July 4th, more than likely will be cancelled as well. We are awaiting final word from the city of Fairhope, but it's very iffy at best. So, we will now focus on the possibility of preparing for the Fall Concerts and hopefully get back to normal by Christmas. The board of directors and executive team join you in the disappointment felt during these times and are hoping that each and every member of the band and their families are doing well and remaining safe.
Please stay informed on the latest news and I will be in contact with you should there be any updates. Also, remember to visit the Baldwin Pops Facebook Page from time-to-time.
Thank you, Kenny
Hello all, here's hoping you had a great weekend and are doing well! I'm sure you have been keeping up with the news reports of the spread of COVID-19 and the most recent mandate from Governor Kay Ivey to shelter in place through April 17th. Our executive team and board of directors is very concerned as you are about this health pandemic, however, we don't have any concrete answers about when practices can resume or concerts for that matter. As of this writing (3/29), the Memorial Day Concerts have been either cancelled or postponed. We are also awaiting official word from the City of Fairhope regarding the 4th of July celebration and concert / fireworks. Please know that we are monitoring the health crisis and our top priority is the health and safety of our band members. Please keep practicing your instruments during this time. We may be able to work out a plan to get you your folders and send audio links so you can at least be familiar with the music should we be able to resume as normal sooner. As soon as we see an end to this, an updated rehearsal / performance schedule will be released. I have heard from a few of you about how you miss practicing and playing together. We have a wonderful community band and I miss seeing and hearing you as well.
Take care of yourselves. I hope to have better news for you soon.
Hello...As you can imagine with the COVID-19 concerns, Unitarian Church has cancelled services so we will have to postpone our scheduled recitals that were to be this Sunday afternoon. We will more than likely reschedule these in August following the July 4th Concert. More information will be available closer to time. Thank you, and stay safe! Kenny
Happy Friday the 13th! Hope everyone is doing well...
The board of directors met last evening and we have set the next series of rehearsals for the May 25th concert in Fairhope and June 7th concert in Foley. They will be held at RHS Bandroom, 7 - 9 p.m. April 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19; and if needed, June 2. The board and percussion will be responsible for refreshments at the April 21st rehearsal. I will send out a reminder closer to time.
Again, thank you for your support of The Baldwin Pops. Stay safe out there. Kenny
Hello all and Happy Sunday! Our John Allen Memorial Scholarship Concerts are this Monday and Tuesday, both starting at 7 p.m. Monday at Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL
Tuesday at Coastal Alabama Community College Performing Arts Building (formerly Faulkner State), 1900 Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Al. Drive to the back part of the campus. There is plenty of parking at both venues. Please arrive no later than 6:15 p.m., if you can show up earlier to help set up chairs / stands, it would be appreciated. These are indoor concerts so they require formal attire (black). If you have questions about that, check out baldwinpops.com, click on 'Events' and 'Indoor Concerts'.
Thanks again and we'll see you there! Kenny
Hello and Happy Monday! The last rehearsal before the John Allen Memorial Concerts is Tuesday night, 7 - 9 p.m. Upper Woodwinds are on the schedule to provide refreshments, thank you! Kenny
From Dr. Rinehart...Greetings all, I hope you recovered from Super Bowl Sunday.
Here is the program for next week's concerts. I have decided to postpone Danse Bacchanale until May so that we can 1) work it up to full tempo where it is much more exciting, and 2) have time this Tuesday to run the full program and fix any last minute problems that need addressing before next week.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night for our last rehearsal before the concerts.
Into the Clouds – Richard Saucedo
Candide Suite – Leonard Bernstein, arr. by Grundman
The Typewriter – Leroy Anderson
March of the Belgian Paratroopers – Pierre Leemans, ed. by Wiley
Critical Mass – Todd Stalter
Scenes from the Blue Ridge – Onsby Rose
Baldwin Pops Commission
Selections from Aladdin – Alan Menken, arr. by Moss
Mother Hubbard March – John Philip Sousa
Hello all and happy Sunday evening! We're getting closer to our annual John Allen Memorial Scholarship concerts scheduled for Feb. 10 at Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf and Feb. 11 in Bay Minette at Coastal Alabama Community College Auditorium. Both start at 7 p.m. Rehearsals continue this THURSDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. at Robertsdale High School Band Room. Low Woodwinds are to bring refreshments this week. Then rehearsals go back to TUESDAY (2/4) with Upper Woodwinds on the schedule for refreshments.
We have added some talented new members to the group including the students competing for the scholarship awards. Also, there is a chocolate fundraiser going on so see Anne Brooks at practice for more information. Thanks again! Kenny
Our next rehearsal is Tuesday, January 21 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Robertsdale High School Band Room. We are preparing for the John Allen Memorial Scholarship Concerts to be held Feb. 10 at Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf and Feb. 11 at Coastal Alabama Community College (Faulkner State) in Bay Minette. Both start at 7 p.m. and require indoor formal attire. New folks, see me or Anne Brooks if you have questions about that. Also, we'd like to take photos of the students participating in the scholarship competition so those young people should please wear something nice to practice and no t-shirts or other attire with pictures or logos. According to the schedule, Percussion and Board Members are to provide refreshments this week. Next week's rehearsal (1/30) will be held on Thursday night at the same time, same place. Thanks again for your hard work and support of The Baldwin Pops!
Hello all...Our next rehearsal in preparation for the John Allen Memorial Concerts in February is Tuesday night, 7 - 9, at Robertsdale High School Band Room. Upper Brass Section is on the schedule to bring refreshments. Thank you!
Hello all and Happy New Year! Rehearsals resume this Tuesday night, 7 - 9 p.m. at Robertsdale High School Band Room. For the new members and students joining us, the band room is located at the rear of the high school on highway 59 in Robertsdale. Turn east on Fairground Road and take the road immediately past the main parking area to the left between the building and practice field. Parking is available close to the band room, but please don't park on the grass. Please plan to arrive by 6:30 - 6:45 ready to rehearse at 7. Low Brass is scheduled to bring refreshments. Rehearsals continue Tuesdays January 14th (Upper Brass ref.), 21st (Percussion / Board Members ref.); Thursday January 30th (Low Woodwinds ref.), and Tuesday February 4th (Upper Woodwinds ref.).
Our conductor, Dr. Jason Rinehart, sent out this information recently which is available here:
"Happy New Year everyone!! I hope your holidays were great. Our next concert series begins next week with rehearsals.
Concerts are slated for:
February 10th at the Orange Beach Event Center
February 11th in Bay Minette at Coastal Alabama Community College
Todd Stalter - Critical Mass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beFK-vgrYoY
Camille Saint-Saens - Danse Bacchanale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIHDZBDf6_A
Richard Saucedo - Into the Clouds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHwqHZ-hzuQ
Leonard Bernstein - Candide Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrBnCzJa_-0
Leroy Anderson - The Typewriter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4kEyig-jOU
Pierre Leemans - March of the Belgian Paratroopers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tr1KUUZvA
Onsby Rose - Scenes from the Blue Ridge (Baldwin Pops commissioned this piece)
John Philip Sousa - Mother Hubbard March https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9mJvQN2yro
Vincent Persichetti - Psalm for Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eWKXH0lr9Y
Alan Menken - Selections from Aladdin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HOwrPNkmes"
Thanks again for your support of The Baldwin Pops!
Kenny Graves, Executive Director