Harvard Summer Pops Band 2016

Summer Band 2002
Harvard Summer Pops Band 2002

No Ordinary Band

The Harvard Summer Pops Band announces its 44th season this summer of 2016. The Summer Band is open to all brass, woodwind, and percussion musicians regardless of age or experience (without audition or fees). The ensemble's first rehearsal is Wednesday evening, June 22nd. Rehearsals will be in Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, and every Wednesday through July 27th. The Summer Band's annual Harvard Yard concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28th and the annual Hatch Shell concert on the Charles River Esplanade at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st. You may pre-register online before the first rehearsal. Pre-registration is not required but it is helpful for setting up the first rehearsal. Participants are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early on the June 22nd to meet the conductor and fellow section members.

For more information, please call the Harvard University Band at 617-496-2263 or email Mark Olson (meolson@fas.harvard.edu). 

In a Nutshell: 

First Rehearsal Wed. June 22
All rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre


Thursday July 28th, at 4:00 in Harvard Yard
Sunday July 31st, at 3:00 at the Hatch Memorial Shell


Sanders Theatre is at 45 Quincy Street on the Harvard University Campus

Directions From I90 (Massachusetts Turnpike): Take Cambridge exit. Take the first left, onto Soldiers Field Road (west). Take Harvard Square exit, bear right across Anderson Bridge, and drive straight into Harvard Square. You should pass the Harvard Coop and Nini's Corner Newspaper Stand on your left, and on your right you will see the Harvard Square Out of Town Ticket/Newspaper Stand (the "Kiosk"). At the next set of lights (which are located directly in front of the Johnston Gate, which is the main entrance to Harvard Yard), bear to your right. A fork in the road will immediately follow this set of lights, and you should bear right at that fork, traveling under the Underpass. As you travel under the Underpass, stay to your left. You will quickly be faced with another fork in the road (a fire station is situated in the middle of the fork). You now bear to your left at this fork, passing the fire station on your right and Memorial Hall/Sanders Theatre on your left. Turn left at the first light, which puts you on Cambridge Street, then left on Kirkland.

On foot, take the Red Line to Harvard. Exit to Church St./Harvard Yard. Walk through Harvard Yard towards the Science Center. Sanders Theater will be to the right of the Science Center.


Parking in and around Harvard is difficult. The best way to commute would be to use public transportation or car pool. If that is not an option however, you can find metered parking on the street or you can purchase Harvard Parking one-day permits. The cost of the permits is $5.00 and can easily be obtained through University Parking online. You will be asked for a department (Division of Continuing Education) and department code (3021), your car license number and charge card number. Be connected to a printer, as you will need to print your permit at the time of purchase. For any parking questions please contact University Parking Services at 617-495-3772.

Mark Olson, Director

Mark Olson, Director of Bands at Harvard, served as Interim Conductor of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and currently is Director of the Middlesex Concert Band.

Olson received his BM degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and an MA degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. His conducting teachers have included Craig Kirchhoff and J. Robert Hanson. An active trumpet performer and soloist, he is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and performs with the New Sousa Band. He is a former member of the Charles River Wind Ensemble, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Winona Brass Band. He has studied trumpet with David Baldwin, Gary Bordner and J. Robert Hanson.

74 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 | Phone: (617) 496-BAND | Fax: (617) 496-DRUM