The Missouri City Pops - Community Band

The Missouri City Pops - Community Band The Missouri City Pops invites adult former band musicians of any level to rehearse Monday evenings and perform in the Houston area. The Missouri City Pops community band was formed in 1987 on the premise that music and the enjoyment of it is far too important to be left to professionals.

These enthusiastic amateurs have been performing ever since at schools, nursing homes, malls, Church halls, and public parks. The Missouri City Pops provides adult musicians an opportunity to pick up the instruments left behind in their youth, and rekindle their love for making music. It is their goal to bring Music out into our community. Our music director is Linda Stiegler. Originally from Mary

These enthusiastic amateurs have been performing ever since at schools, nursing homes, malls, Church halls, and public parks. The Missouri City Pops provides adult musicians an opportunity to pick up the instruments left behind in their youth, and rekindle their love for making music. It is their goal to bring Music out into our community. Our music director is Linda Stiegler. Originally from Mary

Operating as usual

Tomorrow! Bring a chair & enjoy🎄🎁 🎅
12/17/2021

Tomorrow! Bring a chair & enjoy🎄🎁 🎅

Tomorrow! Bring a chair & enjoy🎄🎁 🎅

This Saturday! We play for about an hour. Free concert in the apartment complex main lobby. Seating is limited, so bring...
12/14/2021

This Saturday! We play for about an hour. Free concert in the apartment complex main lobby. Seating is limited, so bring a folding chair or sit on the carpeted floor.

This Saturday! We play for about an hour. Free concert in the apartment complex main lobby. Seating is limited, so bring a folding chair or sit on the carpeted floor.

12/08/2021
Fond memories of our long-time principal trumpet, Bill. Funeral is this Friday. Heartfelt condolences to his loving wife...
11/24/2021
Bill Watson Obituary - Houston, TX

Fond memories of our long-time principal trumpet, Bill. Funeral is this Friday. Heartfelt condolences to his loving wife, Jean, who played bells & auxiliary percussion. Bill, we hope you meet us at the pearly gate with your new trumpet and play us in with “Georgia” 💙 🎺 💙

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/houston-tx/bill-watson-10458839

Celebrate the life of Bill Watson, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information care of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home.

Thank you to our guest conductor last night! No slacking off with a concert coming up 🎶 🎅
11/16/2021

Thank you to our guest conductor last night! No slacking off with a concert coming up 🎶 🎅

Thank you to our guest conductor last night! No slacking off with a concert coming up 🎶 🎅

🔥 Classic intro riff 🔥
10/11/2021

🔥 Classic intro riff 🔥

🔥 Classic intro riff 🔥

10/10/2021
Homemade Rainstick

Today’s project: a Rainstick for “Riders on the Storm.” Will probably have to draft one of our roadies (aka band spouses) to play it. Now to make a Thunder Tube. Does anyone have a spring we can use?

Paint it, ROCK! For after Christmas, but we are rehearsing it now 😃
10/05/2021

Paint it, ROCK! For after Christmas, but we are rehearsing it now 😃

Paint it, ROCK! For after Christmas, but we are rehearsing it now 😃

‘Tis the season
09/28/2021

‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season

B there on Monday night!
09/24/2021

B there on Monday night!

Yikes!
09/21/2021

Yikes!

Yikes!

Baby, you can play my fill…. Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!
08/17/2021

Baby, you can play my fill…. Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

Baby, you can play my fill…. Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

Learned something new today  🎺
06/23/2021

Learned something new today 🎺

The Karnofsky Jewish family, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania, employed a 7-year-old boy and adopted (so to speak) him into their home. He was originally given homework to get food because he was a starving kid. He remained under the Jewish families employ, until he was 12

Karnofsky gave him money to buy his first instrument, which was a common instrument in Jewish families. They really admired his musical talent.

Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies when composing!

This little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who adopted him in 1907. And he spoke proudly to Yiddish.

In memory of this family and for the rest of his life, he carried the Star of David and said that in this family he had learned to ′ ′ live real life and determination ”.

This little boy was called Louis Armstrong

This explains a lot  🎼 🎶
06/09/2021

This explains a lot 🎼 🎶

This explains a lot 🎼 🎶

We’re Baaaaack!
06/08/2021

We’re Baaaaack!

05/31/2021
Taps Across America - Memorial Day 2021

This was our first performance since the pandemic put band rehearsals on hold. If you played Taps to honor the fallen today and took video, please add it in the comments 🎺 See you next week at band practice!

Timeline Photos
05/13/2021

Timeline Photos

05/08/2021
Classic FM
02/05/2021

Classic FM

Proper names for musical instruments:

01/27/2021
Rest In Peace, Glenda 🎶❤️
01/11/2021

Rest In Peace, Glenda 🎶❤️

A real clef-hanger story 🎼
01/06/2021

A real clef-hanger story 🎼

01/01/2021

Happy New Year 2021! This year we WILL be back together, as soon as it’s safe to do so. We have NOT forgot “auld” acquaintances, nor auld lang syne. Remembering how well the accordion went over, Kristi promises to leave the harmonium at home.

Yes, we played it before Pandemic, no it isn’t Mozart 😆
12/29/2020

Yes, we played it before Pandemic, no it isn’t Mozart 😆

Does anyone remember the cat with the necrotic tail that came to our rehearsal a few years ago? We (The Normans) still h...
12/24/2020
Stray Cat Steals The Show During A Performance By The Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Does anyone remember the cat with the necrotic tail that came to our rehearsal a few years ago? We (The Normans) still have her. Her name is “Coda Non Troppo.” (Tail, not much) or Coda, for short. This is what happens when you are the last ones to leave rehearsal. 🎼 🐈 🎶

Rather than running away, it climbed onto the director's podium!

Because nothing says Christmas like a saxophone quartet.🎷🎶🌲
12/19/2020

Because nothing says Christmas like a saxophone quartet.🎷🎶🌲

As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for M...
12/12/2020

As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for Montgomery Ward, May was exhausted and nearly broke. His wife, Evelyn, was bedridden, on the losing end of a two-year battle with cancer. This left Bob to look after their four-year old-daughter, Barbara.

One night, Barbara asked her father, “Why isn’t my mommy like everybody else’s mommy?” As he struggled to answer his daughter’s question, Bob remembered the pain of his own childhood. A small, sickly boy, he was constantly picked on and called names. But he wanted to give his daughter hope, and show her that being different was nothing to be ashamed of. More than that, he wanted her to know that he loved her and would always take care of her. So he began to spin a tale about a reindeer with a bright red nose who found a special place on Santa’s team. Barbara loved the story so much that she made her father tell it every night before bedtime. As he did, it grew more elaborate. Because he couldn’t afford to buy his daughter a gift for Christmas, Bob decided to turn the story into a homemade picture book.

In early December, Bob’s wife died. Though he was heartbroken, he kept working on the book for his daughter. A few days before Christmas, he reluctantly attended a company party at Montgomery Ward. His co-workers encouraged him to share the story he’d written. After he read it, there was a standing ovation. Everyone wanted copies of their own. Montgomery Ward bought the rights to the book from their debt-ridden employee. Over the next six years, at Christmas, they gave away six million copies of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to shoppers. Every major publishing house in the country was making offers to obtain the book. In an incredible display of good will, the head of the department store returned all rights to Bob May. Four years later, Rudolph had made him into a millionaire.

Now remarried with a growing family, May felt blessed by his good fortune. But there was more to come. His brother-in-law, a successful songwriter named Johnny Marks, set the uplifting story to music. The song was pitched to artists from Bing Crosby on down. They all passed. Finally, Marks approached Gene Autry. The cowboy star had scored a holiday hit with “Here Comes Santa Claus” a few years before. Like the others, Autry wasn’t impressed with the song about the misfit reindeer. Marks begged him to give it a second listen. Autry played it for his wife, Ina. She was so touched by the line “They wouldn’t let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games” that she insisted her husband record the tune.

Within a few years, it had become the second best-selling Christmas song ever, right behind “White Christmas.” Since then, Rudolph has come to life in TV specials, cartoons, movies, toys, games, coloring books, greeting cards and even a Ringling Bros. circus act. The little red-nosed reindeer dreamed up by Bob May and immortalized in song by Johnny Marks has come to symbolize Christmas as much as Santa Claus, evergreen trees and presents. As the last line of the song says, “He’ll go down in history.”

12/08/2020
12/03/2020
Classic FM

Classic FM

Jingle Bells, but played in a minor key 😢

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Watching the piccolo and French horn players from the Houston Symphony performing - sans masks - for the annual Houston July 4 program...... Jus’ sayin’....
Can’t meet because of the pandemic? No problem! https://www.facebook.com/334892059890579/posts/3025333827513042/?vh=e&d=n
Interesting story about the saxophone.
A tip of the hat to Marc and the trombone section!
I miss you guys. Playing with you was one of the most fun times of my life. Jean taught me how to read music and Linda showed me how to shake, tap and roll. Hope to get to a concert when I get back home from Block Island. Bob B