THE PALM BEACH POPS was founded in 1991 by Maestro Bob Lappin with a mission to preserve and perform the music of the Great American Songbook and to introduce the rudiments of music to elementary school students. The Palm Beach Pops remains focused on its commitment to attract and excite audiences with top-quality performances, internationally celebrated artists and standards of the Great American Songbook. This symphonic pops orchestra performs annual subscription series at three venues in South Florida to an audience of over 60,000 each season.
Over the years, Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops orchestra has welcomed the extraordinary talents of guest artists such as Doc Severinsen, Mel Tormé, Hal Linden, Lena Horne, Maureen McGovern, Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Mills Brothers, Clint Holmes, The Count Basie Orchestra, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Diahann Carroll, Kenny Rogers, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Judy Collins, Lainie Kazan, Robert Klein, Carol Lawrence, jazz legends Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli and his trio, and Keely Smith -- to name just a few.
In April of 2006 the orchestra recorded its first commercial CD, Yours Is My Heart Alone, which was released to public and critical acclaim. Selections from the compilation of beautiful American Songbook love songs have been featured on XM radio’s Frank Place, Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea, the Dick Carr program and other syndicated radio programs around the country.
Along with performing at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and at Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, The Palm Beach Pops received national recognition when the orchestra was invited to perform at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City -- a first among Florida’s orchestras -- and presents an annual performance at the prestigious Ocean Reef Cultural Center in Key Largo, Florida.
The Palm Beach Pops’ extensive youth education programs allow thousands of public school students each year to participate in concert experiences and school programs throughout Palm Beach County.