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Leonard Apicella, president of the Senior Pops Orchestra, plays his French horn during a recent rehearsal at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. The group, made up mostly of older musicians, performs free concerts at various parks during the summer. (May 1, 2013)

Senior Pops

The Senior Pops Orchestra, made up mostly of older musicians, performs free concerts at various parks during the summer.

Leonard Apicella, president of the Senior Pops Orchestra,
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Leonard Apicella, president of the Senior Pops Orchestra, plays his French horn during a recent rehearsal at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. The group, made up mostly of older musicians, performs free concerts at various parks during the summer. (May 1, 2013)

Music director Stephen Michael Smith conducts the Senior
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Music director Stephen Michael Smith conducts the Senior Pops Orchestra during a rehearsal recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. The group, made up mostly of older musicians, performs free concerts at various parks during the summer. (May 1, 2013)

Members of the Senior Pops Orchestra rehearse recently
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Members of the Senior Pops Orchestra rehearse recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

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Members of the Senior Pops Orchestra rehearse recently
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Members of the Senior Pops Orchestra rehearse recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Percussionist Murray Houliff, 64, of East Setauket, strikes
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Percussionist Murray Houliff, 64, of East Setauket, strikes his cymbals during a recent rehearsal of the Senior Pops Orchestra at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Evelyn Carlin, of Wantagh, who would only give
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Evelyn Carlin, of Wantagh, who would only give her age as over 70, plays the cello during a rehearsal of the Senior Pops Orchestra at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. Carlin has been wth the orchestra for 30 years, longer than any other current member. The group, made up mostly of older musicians, performs free concerts at various parks during the summer. (May 1, 2013)

At age 48, Judy Sherman of East Islip
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At age 48, Judy Sherman of East Islip is among the younger players of the Senior Pops Orchestra, which rehearsed recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Bob Raynor, 78, of Merrick, rolls his tuba
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Bob Raynor, 78, of Merrick, rolls his tuba to his van following a rehearsal of the Senior Pops Orchestra at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

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A member of the Senior Pops Orchestra during
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A member of the Senior Pops Orchestra during a recent rehearsal at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Jan MacDonald, 78, of Huntington, plays the flute
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Jan MacDonald, 78, of Huntington, plays the flute during a rehersal of the Senior Pops Orchestra recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Paul Sulkin, 68, of Stony Brook, plays the
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Paul Sulkin, 68, of Stony Brook, plays the trombone during a rehersal of the Senior Pops Orchestra recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

Harriette Bilawsky, 64, of North Massapequa, plays the
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Harriette Bilawsky, 64, of North Massapequa, plays the timpani drums during a rehersal of the Senior Pops Orchestra recently at the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. (May 1, 2013)

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