Harvard Summer Pops Band 2015

Summer Band 2002
Harvard Summer Pops Band 2002

No Ordinary Band

The Harvard Summer Pops Band announces its 43rd season this summer of 2015. 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 24th. Rehearsals will be in Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, and every Wednesday through July 22nd. The Summer Band's annual Harvard Yard concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23rd and the annual Hatch Shell concert on the Charles River Esplanade at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26th. 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 24th 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 24
All rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre


Thursday July 23rd, at 4:00 in Harvard Yard
Sunday July 26th, at 3:00 in the Hatch 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, Interim Director

Mark Olson is the newly appointed Interim Director of Bands at Harvard University. Olson brings to Harvard University a wealth of experience as a music educator at the high school and college level. While at Harvard he conducts the Sunday Jazz Ensemble, co-conducts the Wind Ensemble, works with the Harvard University Band, and assists with the administration of the band program.

Before his appointment at Harvard, Mr. Olson was Visiting Professor and Interim Director of Bands at Graceland University, directing the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and teaching courses in music education and Jazz History. As a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, Olson was involved with all aspects of the wind/band program. He was co-director of the University Band, guest conducted the University Wind Ensemble, directed the athletic bands and assisted with the marching band. He has taught in high schools in Minnesota for nine years prior his graduate studies. Olson has also been a guest conductor and clinician for bands in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

Olson received his B.M. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Mn. He earned an M.A. degree in Music Education and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Minnesota. His conducting teachers have included Craig Kirchhoff, and J. Robert Hanson.

In addition to teaching and conducting, Olson has been an active trumpet performer. He has been a member of various brass ensembles, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Winona Brass Band. He has studied trumpet with David Baldwin, Gary Bordner, and J. Robert Hanson.

Thomas G. Everett, Outgoing Director

Since his appointment to the Harvard faculty in 1971, Thomas G. Everett has directed the Harvard University Wind Ensemble, the Harvard Jazz Bands (which he founded), and the Harvard Summer Community Pops Band. He also prepares all ceremonial music for the University. A graduate of Ithaca College Conservatory of Music, Mr. Everett has held teaching positions at Brown University, the New England Conservatory, the Indiana University Summer School, and the International Trombone Workshop. At Harvard, he has taught courses on Jazz and American music in the Afro-American and Music departments, through the Extension and Summer schools, and in seminars at the Graduate School of Education.

A noted bass trombonist, Mr. Everett has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Boston Pops, Portland (Maine) Symphony, Ars Antigua Trio, and the big bands of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie. He has premiered over thirty new works for bass trombone and appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall. He has also recorded with Boston's Cantata Singers, conducted by John Harbison.

As a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Mr. Everett has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In 1989, he was honored with the ARTIJUS Award from the Hungarian Government for outstanding performance of Hungarian music and subsequently conducted a program of American music live on National Hungarian Radio. Recently, he served as ensemble conductor for the recording of J.J. Johnson's The Brass Orchestra (Verve/PolyGram Records, 1997), which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Mr. Everett was the founder and first president of the International Trombone Association and is a past president of the New England College Band Association.

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