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‘Pops’ offers jazz, Latin music on Tuesday afternoon

October 2, 2011


On Tuesday a free concert will be held at the Cadence Bank Plaza. The event, Pops on the Plaza, features the State Messengers Jazz and Steel Drum Bands of Mississippi State University’s music department and begins at 6 p.m.
The music is of the jazz and latin variety and will last approximately one hour. The performance is sponsored by the Starkville Symphony Orchestra and Cadence bank and is given free to the community each year as a thank you gift.
Audience members are asked to wear brightly colored shirts to go along with the Caribbean theme of the night.
Chairs are being provided for the event, and Cadence is serving free popcorn and soft drinks to attendees.
The program is led by Michael Brown, MSU Music Department head and Starkville Symphony Orchestra music director.
“I have been involved with all the Pops performances for the past eight years,” Brown said. “We do wish to say thank you to the community for their support of our orchestra because its really their orchestra. It also gives us a chance to remind people about the new season, pass out brochures, and invite new people to come to the concerts and support the MSU/SSO.”
Brown said he is looking forward to this year’s Caribbean theme and hopes the audience will take part.
“The program will include swing tunes, but will mostly focus on Latin flavored tunes like you might hear on a Caribbean cruise or in Jamaica or the Bahamas,” Brown said. “It will be light hearted and fun and you get to wear a loud colorful shirt ––  combine that with free Coca Cola and popcorn, what could be more fun than that?”
The State Messengers include faculty members Richard Human and Clifton Taylor on trombone, with Brown playing trumpet. Jason Baker both directs and plays drums for the steel band, with James Nail on bass and Myra Wingo on piano.
“This is one of my favorite events, as it gives the community a chance to come out and relax on what usually turns out to be a beautiful fall evening,” Wingo said. “I love the variety that Pops on the Plaza brings to the community every year. It is so important that we keep concerts like this one available both for the performers and the audience.” 
Wingo, who currently lives in Jackson, said she enjoys the opportunity to come back each year and participate.
“I love and miss the closeness of the Starkville community,” Wingo said. “Plus, performing with Dr. Brown, Dr. Baker, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Human, and other professors and students from MSU is such an honor for me.  It gives me a chance to come home, visit, and play with my mentors and teachers.”
In the case of bad weather, the concert will take place at the Greensboro Center. For more information about the concert, contact Brown at (662) 325-3070 or

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