Capitol Pops Concert Band Enters 21st Year with New Energy and New Director

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG)  |  By Elise Spleiss
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Capitol Pops Concert Band founding members Georgia and Ray Latimer with new band director, Judith Steinle.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band (CPCB) will return to the 2018 Sacramento area music scene with a new director, Judith Steinle.  The band kicks off its 21st season on March 23. Steinle, 61, is CPCB’s first female music director.  For over four decades she has worked in many musical venues working with students as an accompanist and music director in the San Jose area.  

The band’s 50 all-volunteer musicians include high school students, senior citizens and all ages in between. Concerts are fun and fast moving with popular (thus the ‘pops’) music, including Broadway shows, movies, popular marches, patriotic pieces and new offerings.

The CPCB was formed in February of 1997, just one month after Citrus Heights was incorporated as a city. A committee of musicians led by Citrus Heights residents Ray and Georgia Latimer along with Alice Jacobs and Jerry Lopes decided the new city needed a band and invited 50 musicians to create one that featured pops music.  Jerry Lopes was director until 2014. Kurt Pearsall served until 2017.

Since 1997 the band has performed hundreds of concerts for thousands of people throughout the Sacramento area. Besides concerts sponsored by local park and recreation districts and at other community events, CPCB performs privately sponsored shows at venues including senior living facilities and schools. School students are especially encouraged to join.

Home base for the band is the Fellowship Hall at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5811 Walnut Avenue in Orangevale.  Practice is on Thursdays from 7:00p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

For information contact Band Manager Linda Glover at 916-725-5214.

For more information on concerts, visit their Facebook page and their website at

Concerts to date: All concerts are free and open to the public.

Friday Mar 23: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento. Doors to the car museum open at 6 p.m. for free tours.

Saturday April 21: Capitol Pops Concert Band celebrates its 21st anniversary,

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rusch Park gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd.

Saturday May 12: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Outdoor venue. The Band will perform a free, open to the public joint concert with the Antelope High School Band. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Sunday, July 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Outdoor concert in honor of America’s birthday. The Celebrate America Concert will be held at Fair Oaks Village, 4238 Main Street (known as the chicken park). Bring your chairs and blankets.

Wednesday, July 4: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the Roseville 4th of July parade.  This concert is part of the annual July 4th Festival in Royer Park, Douglas Blvd. Bring your chairs and blankets.