Valdosta Daily Times

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October 10, 2013

Pops: The sound of music education

VALDOSTA — For many years, Valdosta State University Music has presented a winning combination with Pops in the Park: The outdoors in the amphitheatre behind the VSU Fine Arts Building, great music traditionally provided by VSU Music graduates, and good food.

Oh yes, and it has raised thousands of

dollars in scholarship money for VSU Music students.

This evening, Pops in the Park returns, offering music from a steel-drum band; Craig Ward, a Valdosta State Music grad who works as a Brooks County teacher; and Steve Pruitt, a middle school band director and VSU Music graduate.

By usually inviting successful graduates, Pops in the Park highlights the success of past music students while increasing the opportunities of success for current VSU Music students.

Pops is one of the chief fundraisers for the VSU Music Scholarship Alliance, which has helped generations of student musicians hone their skills and culturally strengthen the community.

Pops in the Park is a tradition which South Georgia will hear not only tonight but whenever we hear the music of VSU.

Pops in the Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. today, Oct. 10, VSU Fine Arts Building amphitheatre, off the corner of Oak and Brookwood. General admission will be taken at the door; or you may call (229) 333-2150 to make reservations.

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