The Mobile Pops was established by ordinance on April 5th 1977. The band grew out of the Spirit of Mobile Marching 200, an organization that helped celebrate the Bicentennial of 1976, attired in brilliant red, white and blue uniforms and accompanied by a corps of 50 American flags. A year later this marching unit was succeeded by a wind ensemble in formal black tuxedos and concert gowns on the stage of the Mobile Municipal Theater.Two more theater concerts followed and the band began the series of outdoor concerts known as "Starbright Concerts" in the spring of 1978. These concerts began on a natural park incline,with the audience on the hill and the band at the base. Soon after Hurricane Frederic the band dedicated a new performing area with a gala concert concluded with a two minute rapid fireworks display. The Langan Park Performing Arts Pavilion was built by the city Parks and Recreation Department, primarily for the band but also for other Community events. As many as 10,000 have attended some of the park concerts. The band has expanded its performing arena in recent years to include Washington Square Park, The Bluff overlooking the Fairhope Pier, Dauphin Island, Citronelle City Park, Cottage Hill Park, Cathedral Square Park, the Michael C. Dow Amphitheater, Battleship Park, Fort Whiting, Cooper Riverside Park and the new Bicentennial Pavilion at Medal of Honor Park. The Mobile Pops has been recognized by the City of Mobile on several occasions for their contributions to the Arts and to the Mobile community. The Mobile Pops has also been recognized by the Association of Concert Bands in 2007 for their performance at the ACB Convention in Pensacola Florida.
History of the Mobile Pops