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Pepsi Pops 30th Anniversary

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The sound of music will fill the Reservoir in an annual event that is celebrating a special anniversary. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pepsi Pops concert at the Reservoir. The musicians are also supporting storm and flood victims across the state.

This is video of one of the first Pepsi Pops concerts held at the Reservoir in 1982. Today many of the musicians with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra have played at every Pepsi Pops concert.

Sybil Cheesman plays principal flute.

"I chose the flute because my Dad was a band director, and that was just my favorite instrument from way little. I'd pick up a stick and do this," said Cheesman.

Bud Berthhold joined the symphony during the 1981-1982 season. He says they are a family of musicians dedicated to performing and educating the public.

"Kettle drums is one of the things that is the most exciting. It's the biggest instrument. My teacher told me that the kettle drum player is the king of the orchestra. And you were sold? Yeah I was sold," Berthold said.

This year a long time supporter of the symphony will be a guest conductor. Michael Cottingham won a bid in a fundraiser. He will conduct the Imperial March from Star Wars.

"Actually back in 1968 I was a member of the symphony, years ago playing in one of the sections and so its home for me," said Cottingham.

There is also a special cause at this year's Pepsi Pops, a tent will be set up for donations to the Red Cross to help victims of recent tornados and flooding.

"We're part of this community, so when good things happen we're part of the celebration and when difficult things happen we're part of that too," said Michael Beattie with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Pepsi Pops is a family event and one of the most popular concerts for the symphony each year.

The Pepsi Pops concert is set for Friday at the Old Trace Park at the Reservoir. Gates open at 4:30. This year's theme is 'Pop Till You Drop'.

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