About Us
Our Conductor

Joe Simpkins has been conductor of the Pops Band since 1994.  Under his leadership the band has enjoyed unprecedented growth as a professional concert band and is considered a premier performance ensemble in Central Virginia.  His passion for serving the community through music started when he served as a local music educator & administrator in the Richmond area public school system.  He continues to work in Music Education as the executive director of Dixie Classic Festivals, which he founded more than 30 years ago.  Joe is a respected leader in the national concert performance arena, with colleagues including well-known, composers, conductors, and performers throughout the country.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Richmond Pops Band is to perpetuate the grand tradition of the American Concert Band, first established by John Philip Sousa. Unique opportunities afforded to accomplished amateur and professional musicians to provide cultural entertainment and enjoyment to a cosmopolitan audience through concert band music. To both educate and entertain our audience through concert literature, presenting programs which highlight a wide variety of musical styles.

“Central Virginia's Finest Community Concert Band.”