2016 Concerts

June 19 - Opening Night Deanna Martin
June 19 - Opening Night Reception
June 26 - Great American Songbook
July 3 - Celebrate America
July 6 - Broadway Night at the POPS

July 12 - West Side Story
July 13 - West Side Story
July 13 - Sounds Like FUN

July 14 - West Side Story matinee
July 14 - West Side Story
July 17 - Carnaval
July 19 - Summer Swing! Big Band Dance
July 20- Rock ON
July 24 - Night at the OPERA
July 26 - Elton John Tribute
July 27 - Elton John Tribute
July 31 - Night at the Oscars

Aug 4 - Sounds Like Fun
Aug. 7 - Dick Van Dyke 90th Birthday Tribute
Aug. 9 - The Little Mermaid
Aug. 10 - The Little Mermaid
Aug. 11 - The Little Mermaid
Aug. 14 - Our Three Tenors
Aug 16 - Night at the Cabaret

Aug. 21 - SHOWBOAT in Concert
Aug. 24 - Magical Mozart & Mendelssohn
Aug. 28 - DooWop with the DUPREES

Sept 4 - John Williams Tribute
Sept 7 - Best of the POPS
Sept 11 - Classic Broadway
Sept 14 - Night in Old Vienna
Sept 18 - Cartoon Classics

Executive Board

Linda Herbert
Dr. Dominick A. Potena
Vice Chairperson

William Scheible
Artistic Director
Deborah Flint
Kenneth Hoover
Assistant Treasurer
Marie Knight
Corresponding Secretary
Karen Morelli
Recording Secretary

Robert Snodgrass
Financial Secretary
Jon D. Batastini, Esq.
Community Relations
Development Chair
Roberta DeVries
Past Chairperson

Joel Mott lll, Esq.

Board of Trustees

Michael Allegretto
Heidi Angelastro

Amelia Batastini
Marguerite Clark
Joan Ferko
Mary Ann Gabel
Patricia Gillian
Herbert Herman, Esq.
Phyllis Hoover
Jean G. Jacobson
Nancy Kelly
Marta Kiesling

Mary Anne Kull
MaryAnne McGrath
Sandra McMahon
Karen Morelli
John Petrycki
Carol Ruggiero
Delores Dengler Vitas

Advisory Council

Dr. Edna Cellucci
Virginia Coco
Ralph Cooper
John L. Curto
Gail Damone
Barbara Fasy
Margaret E. Lloyd
Kay Manco
Dominick A. Potena, Ed.D.
William Sundermeir
Ceil Turkington

Save the Date



Deck Party

Deck Party

Benefit Ruggieri and Scheible Encore Societies

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Raindate: Sunday, July 26, 2015


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Home of Pat and Roy Gillian

Ocean City



Information and Reservations:
Mary Anne

2015 Luncheon

"Putting on the Ritz"

26th Annual Luncheon
Friends of Ocean City Pops

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greate Bay Country Club
       $45.00 per person  


Information: 609.628.4347


Friends of the Ocean City Pops

The Friends of the Ocean City Pops is a group of volunteer supporters organized to promote excellence in the programming, performance, and continuing development of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

The Friends host a variety of fundraising activities and actively solicit contributions from individuals and businesses that share their love for the Pops. Fundraising activities include an annual season opening gala, a summer luncheon, and periodic parties and events. In addition, the Friends present special fundraising concerts with outstanding musicians.

Monies raised from these activities significantly augment the Pops. Now and in the past these funds help to pay for (1) solo performers and specialty acts, (2) the season brochure and program books, (3) two additional musicians for the season (funded by the Friends’ Ruggieri Society), (4) extra musicians for the augmented Orchestra, (5) accommodations for visiting performers, (6) purchase and rental of musical scores, (7) additional rehearsals and (8) student outreach programs.

The annual summer luncheons have featured guest speakers such as NJ State Senator Diane Allen and artists such as Barbara Dever, Margaret Whiting, and Elizabeth von Trapp.

Concerts have included Opera Night at the PAC, Broadway Salutes, Philadelphia Boys Choir, Leon Bates, Canadian Brass, Cirque de la Syphonie, Broadway stars and other talented and acclaimed shows..

The Friends have established an endowment fund that will provide a source of income into the future. They have created a unique gift opportunity by forming The Ruggieri Society. This Society provides funding for specific projects including two extra musicians for the season. Named for late Maestro Frank Ruggieri, it provides a unique gift opportunity helping to ensure the summer Music Pier series will continue for many generations.

In 2011, the Friends also started the SES (Scheible Encore Society) to further enrich the Pops' Orchestra.

The Friends of the Ocean City Pops, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization. It is an all-volunteer group with no paid staff.


2015 Volunteers


Heidi Angelastro


Stephen Gring


Helen O'Brien

Joan Andrews


Alice Helpern


Barbara Parsons

Amelia Batastini


Martha Harper


Tyra Payant

Jon Batastini


Maria Heckendorn


Judy Perkins

Paul Batastini


Linda Herbert


John Petrycki

Sylva Bertini


Herb Herman


Dave Phillips

Heddy Boess


Ken Hoover


Joan Phillips

Edna Cellucci


Phyllis Hoover


Mary Ramoski

John Cellucci


Jean Jacobson


Laura Ravitch

Ginny Coco


Nancy Kelly


Patricia Ray

David Coombs


   Estella Klohocker


Eleanor Raymond

Ginny Cooper


Bud Knight


Rosie Rosenberg

Ralph Cooper


Marie Knight


Carolyn Ruggiero

Joy Cougle


Lois LeBlanc


Joanne Schaut

Debbie Covington


Sandra Levinowitz


Norman Schaut

John Curto


Pat Levis


Bill Scheible

Gail Damone


Jackie Lewis


Dr. Harold Schreiber

Michael Dattilo



Mrs. Harold Schreiber


Carolyn Lothian


Bill Schroeder

Bert DeVries


Marie Maloni


Vivian Schroeder


Kay Manco


Jeam Simpkins

Regina Evans


Melinda Mayne


Connie Smedley

Barbara Fasy


MaryAnne McGrath

     Robert Snodgrass

Robert Fasy


Thom McGrath

     Colleen Snodgrass

Joan Ferko


Sandy  McLaughlin

     Bill Sundermeir

Debra Flint


Sandra McMahon

     Kay Sundermeir

Jane Friel


Doris McHugh


Judi Thomas

Mary Ann Gabel

     Ann Mehlmann      Delores Dengler Vitas

Jane Gelman


Vincent Mento


Patricia Gillian


Arlene Minick

     Joan Wismer
        Karen Morelli