Join the Capitol Pops

Directed by Susan Hamre, The Capitol Pops Concert Band is a fully instrumented band of volunteer musicians performing year round with breaks from June through August and December through March.

Our rehearsals for the Fall 2023 Concert Season are on Wednesday's from 7:00PM to9:15 PM beginning August 30th, at Tim's Music Store.

To participate, you should be a skilled symphonic band musician, be committed to weekly rehearsals and up to 6 live performances a year in the greater Sacramento area.

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# Board Members   * Section Managers


Susan Hamre

In spring 2022, the Capitol Pops Concert Band emerged from a two year covid shutdown, eager to resume rehearsals and schedule performances. Susan Hamre accepted the challenge of reorganizing the band and expanding its repertoire to include the full spectrum of concert band music. Now in 2023, Susan eagerly shares her artistic musical skill and limitless energy to present musical entertainment for audiences and suitably challenging musical experience for musicians.  


Since arriving in California with a BA degree from Augustana College, South Dakota, Susan earned an MA degree in conducting from CSU Northridge. She built a premier music program at La Canada High School that included international performances. For ten years, Susan was a professor in the music department of American River College, Sacramento. She directed the symphonic and concert bands and musical theatre ensembles; she taught history and fundamentals of music, and piano. Retiring from ARC in 2021 and directing the Capitol Pops, Susan is also director of the Capitol Horn Choir, church guest keyboardist and French horn player in other community groups.

Assistant Director

John Lillie

After graduating from California State University Sacramento in 1972 John went right into teaching music in the Sacramento area for 38 years.  During all this time he stayed active in music (besides teaching) performing with the Camellia Symphony, Reno Philharmonic Symphony, Folsom Symphony and many community concert bands. He organized and conducted the Capital City Concert band for 25 years, retiring from it in 2013.  He also plays with the Speakeasy Jazz Orchestra.  John and his wife are members of the Amador County Concert Band with John sharing conducting responsibilities.