In the early days, the “Pops” played between the swimming pool and children’s play area of the Hiway House Hotel on North Oracle Road and then from the back of a flatbed truck at Veterans Administration Hospital park, the Temple of Music and Art, and several motels. The Orchestra’s first real home, a corrugated band shell, was built (date) from a surplus of government materials provided by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base that the Base Commander offered to Gene Reid, legendary Tucson Parks & Recreation Director, in exchange for palm trees to be planted on base. Today, the Pops performs at the renovated “DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center,” which was dedicated in 1987 and named after the Pops’ beloved founder.
Phone: (520) 722-5853
Tucson Pops Orchestra
7739 E. Broadway #286
Tucson, AZ 85710
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There is a limited amount of seating at DeMeester which fills up quickly. Please bring folding chairs or a blanket.
The Parks and Recreation Department runs shuttles from 5 PM to 10 PM from Randolph Golf Course Parking Lot located at 600 S. Alvernon Way.