Capitol Pops

  Upcoming Concerts

Rhapsody in Blue at 100

Saturday, May 25th, 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Join the Capitol Pops for a performance of the iconic George Gershwin masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue, featuring local piano and composing star Carlos Fuentes.

The concert will also feature the Capitol Pops' scholarship winner Austin Hailey in his performance of Alfred Reed's dreamy Ballade, along with Capitol Pops' very own principle Trombone Andy Miller performing Alexandre Guilmant's rousing Morceau Symphonique

Carlos McMillan Fuentes is a pianist, composer, singer-songwriter, music educator, and accompanist currently serving as Keyboardist and Composer-In-Residence for Symphony d’Oro, Rancho Cordova. He has appeared in concert with many Sacramento-area orchestras, choirs, and performing arts organizations and has written hundreds of compositions, from solo piano to choir and full orchestra. In 2018, his piano-clarinet duo “Carlos & Brennen” won First Prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards, and were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a focus in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2011.

The Capitol Pops

Sacramento is the capital of our country’s most populated state, known as a ‘City of Trees’, the largest rail hub in the west and home for a proud, multi-cultural population. The Capitol Pops Concert Band is one of more than a dozen volunteer concert bands that enrich Sacramento’s vibrant musical arts. These bands rehearse regularly and schedule concerts for appreciative audiences in the region. Adult musicians unite with a common passion for making music!


The Capitol Pops originated twenty six years ago. It emerged last spring from the pandemic with new leadership, new director and increased membership. The expanded challenging repertoire is from classic symphonic band arrangements as well as popular folk, patriotic, swing, jazz, march, Broadway and holiday favorites. Solo and small ensemble selections delight audiences. Becoming a performing member is by invitation and audition if a vacancy occurs. Other talents and skills in the community that support the band and contribute to our success are also welcomed. We invite you to find out more…

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 Capitol Pops Donors

Each month, the Capitol Pops will select a donor at random and give them to two tickets to an upcoming Capitol Pops Concert of their choice.


What we do!

The Capitol Pops has brought live music to the Capitol Region for 25+ years, and looks forward to another 25+!

We play concerts throughout the year to support holidays like Veterans Day and the Fourth of July. We also perform concerts in a more formal setting playing some of the best music out there, including selections from John Williams, Benny Goodman and others.