Hello Baldwin Pops! Hope all is well with you and ready to begin preparation for the upcoming 4th of July concert on the bluff in Fairhope! A few changes this year, but at least we get to perform. First of all, the start time...we will start the concert at 7:30 instead of the usual 7 p.m. Also, no picnic beforehand so be sure and eat prior to coming to play. We will be joined by Gulf Coast Saxophone Symposium during the concert and for the fireworks. We will not be performing on a raised stage to allow for social distancing. Dr. Rinehart has programmed an excellent playlist for us and the music sheets will be distributed at the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. at Robertsdale High School's Band Room which is located at the back of the main building. The dates...Tuesdays; June 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th. The rehearsal on the 29th will be considered our "Dress Rehearsal", so attendance that evening is required. Otherwise, there is a long-standing band policy in place that those interested in playing with the Baldwin Pops attend at least 3 of the 4 rehearsals with exception only given by the conductor. For the new folks, please do not park on the grass as there is plenty of parking available. We also ask that you arrive early enough to unload and set up your instruments so rehearsal can begin promptly at 7. Dr. Rinehart will place you in the appropriate row and seat so please be patient during the first rehearsal as we have several new members. Also, in years past we have had sections bring refreshments for our social / break time. Due to COVID guidelines, we ask that everyone simply bring their own refreshments & snacks to enjoy during that time.
The final thing today is the required yearly google membership form has been updated, thank you Kristen, so here is the link Click here
Please fill this out and submit it at your earliest convenience. Dues are $40 a year which, after paid, will cover your membership in the Baldwin Pops through July 4, 2022. Students which are 18 years or older in high school or college have their dues waived! Be sure to read and understand the rehearsal / procedures / rules from the Baldwin Pops Handbook at the bottom of the google forms membership form.
I will attempt to email everyone on a regular basis with updates, however, updates will always be available in the Executive Director Blog located under the home page tab. As always, thank you for your continued support of the Baldwin Pops. Together, we are making great music together!