Photo by A. Warner
July 13, 2022: If you are driving by the front lawn of the Bronxville School on a Wednesday night in July, you will undoubtedly see the Bronxville Pops playing to a relaxed crowd enjoying the world-class music of this band. The Pops, which has been going strong for 48 years, includes 70+ professional musicians as well as avocational players. The band plays a variety of music, including the work of John Philip Sousa, show tunes, Broadway "showstoppers" and more.
The Bronxville Pops band was founded in 1974 by Bronxville band legend and bassoon player Albert (“Al”) Mingrone. Mingrone is well known to many who grew up in Bronxville because he taught music at the Bronxville School for 28 years and touched the lives of many students, teachers, and colleagues. Over the years, he also played the bassoon in various orchestras. Sadly, Al Mingrone passed away on May 2nd, 2022, at 90.
Al Mingrone would be happy to know that the Bronxville Pops have carried on. Ron LoPinto, a professional trumpet player who joined the Pops in 1975, currently serves as its President.
LoPinto graduated from the NYU School of Music and the High School of Music and Art. He then went “on the road,” traveling all over the country with big bands. LoPinto and his wife moved to Bronxville in 1970, opened Arista Camera in Bronxville and raised two children. LoPinto ran Arista Camera in Bronxville for about 25 years before selling it. He loves playing with the Pops and also plays with other concert and jazz bands.
If you want to see some world-class music, be sure to stop by and see the Bronxville Pops. There are three more concerts this summer, one tonight, July 13, at 8 pm.
Here is the remaining schedule. All concerts start at 8 pm.
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.
Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
171 White Plains Rd
99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708