11th Annual Pop Goes the Fort






El Paso, Tex. – The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is honored to perform and celebrate at the 11th annual “Pop Goes The Fort” concert in salute of the brave men and women of Fort Bliss and all those who served to protect our country. 

The free concert celebrating America’s Independence is on Monday, July 4, 7:30pm at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd.  EPSO conductor Bohuslav Rattay will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring the USO Show Troupe. 

The program will include traditional Sousa marches like The Washington Post and Stars and Stripes Forever and music from E.T., Jurassic Park, The Greatest Showman, Indian Jones plus more. In addition, members of the 1st Armored Division band will conduct and perform with the El Paso Symphony.  The concert will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display.

The concert is open to DOD (Department of Defense) I.D. holders and their guests. Civilians interested in attending can now get a Fort Bliss recreation pass. Information at https://home.army.mil/bliss/index.php/my-fort/all-services/gate-information. For information contact the MWR at (915) 568-3500.  Gates open at 4pm. No outside alcoholic beverages, glass containers or pets allowed. Food trucks available in the park.

 “This concert is a highlight in our season. What a wonderful blessing to get to start our season performing for our troops at Fort Bliss!” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association.  “Bohuslav has put together an exciting and varied program mixing traditional patriotic music, contemporary patriotic music, and pop music.”

ABOUT THE USO: The only officially chartered entertainment group for The United Service Organizations (USO.) Each year, the USO Show Troupe provides entertainment and advocacy at over 200 military and civilian events world-wide. At the core of the group’s mission is lifting the spirits of American military, veterans, and their families. Each member serves as an ambassador for the USO programs, helping connect civilians with the many support opportunities available through the USO. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO in a non-partisan program created to provide U.S. citizens a direct means of supporting our military. The USO is not part of the U.S. government. It is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.

The El Paso Symphony is working with the Fort Bliss, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to make this event special. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Pops Goes the Fort is sponsored by Phoenix Truck Driving School, Fort Bliss.  Fireworks spectacular sponsored by USAA.

For information and further details on Pop Goes the Fort contact the MWR at (915) 568-3500.