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Our Mission

Our mission as The Pride of the Prairie Orchestra is to provide a rehearsal and performance group for area musicians and to provide live classical orchestra concerts for area audiences. The orchestra will provide performers and audiences with cultural outlets that would otherwise be unavailable.


The orchestra was organized as "The Colby Community Orchestra" in 1979 by Bill Beck, a retired school music director. The name was changed to "The Pride of the Prairie Orchestra" in 1998 after a contest. It was and is composed of volunteer musicians, ranging from school age to retired individuals. Musicians travel to Colby from a wide geographical area representing communities in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado. Every Monday evening, 25-30 musicians gather to rehearse. At least three concerts, sometimes four, are performed each year. Since area schools do not offer an orchestra program, this has met a need for students as well as adults who play a stringed instrument. It offers a cultural outlet for musicians as well as audiences in the area and adds an element of culture that is often lacking in small communities.


There are several ways that YOU can be an active participant with the orchestra.

 MEMBER - If you would like to become a member of the orchestra, you can join at anytime! Rehearsals are in the CCC Band Room on Monday nights, 7:30-9:00 p.m.(cst). Please contact any board member from your community, the POP Orchestra President Mary Shoaff or email us through the website.


SUPPORTER - Supporters of the POP Orchestra receive complimentary tickets to our concerts and have their names printed in all the programs.

Click here to Support the POP Orchestra

Mary Shoaff-President

Bonnie Thompson-Treasurer

Mary Beth Akers-Secretary

Janet Hopson-Publicity

Bruce Frahm


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