The Bloomington POPS is a professional orchestra in Bloomington founded in 1992 by John Clair Canfield. The orchestra currently has 70 members, most of whom are professional musicians or music educators. Their signature events are Picnic with the POPS, an Independence Day celebration and Christmas with the POPS, their annual holiday performance.
- Chris Ludwa, Conductor
- Robert Dubinsky, Percussion
- Juli Enzinger, Concert Master
- Stephen Pratt, Principal Flutist
- Dominic Spera, Principal Trumpet
Picnic with the POPS
The annual picnic takes place around July 4th and has a patriotic theme. Usually attracting thousands of people, gates open around 5PM and there are children's games and fair-style food available until the official beginning of the concert at 8PM. Traditional pieces include singalongs of patriotic songs, the four military anthems, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which is accompanied by live cannon provided by the local National Guard unit. Fireworks follow the performance.