Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute 2022 | The Philly Pops

Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute 2022

Byron Stripling, Conductor

TD Pavilion at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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27 May 2022
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Byron Stripling, principal guest conductor
Sydney McSweeney, guest vocalist
Jennifer Orchard, guest artist

The Philly POPS presents the sixth annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, presented in partnership with Welcome America—a community concert honoring the American tradition of service. In celebration of those who serve, free tickets will be provided for veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers, and firefighters.

Led by Principal Guest Conductor Byron Stripling, the POPS will perform a stirring line-up of patriotic anthems, Great American Songbook classics, and showtunes, with guest vocalist Sydney McSweeney and violinist Jennifer Orchard. 

End the evening under the stars with a special fireworks display!

Special ticket links will be available through affiliated bases and organizations for veteran, military, police, firefighter, and first responder groups. 

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of The Philly POPS Salute Series. This performance is presented in partnership with Welcome America. These free celebrations of community and tradition, which honor our shared commitment to service on holidays of American tradition, also rely on the generous support of Major Sponsors Bank of America, and Archer Law, as well as grants through partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

Performance repertoire: 
“The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key
“Swingin’ Stars and Stripes” by John Philip Souza 
“Ol’ McDonald Had a Farm” by Thomas d’Urfey
“I Want to Be Happy” by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
“Always” by Irving Berlin
“Fascinating Rhythm” by George Gershwin
“Sweet Georgia Brown” by Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard
“This Little Light of Mine” - Traditional
“Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams
“Armed Forces Medley”
“America The Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates 

Additional Venue information:
Doors to the venue will open at 6PM.
For ADA ticket requests, choose any available seat on the map and you will be relocated to our ADA section upon arrival.
Guests with lawn seating will be permitted to bring lawn chairs and blankets on the evening of the concert, you may also bring picnics.

Guest Artist
Byron Stripling

Byron Stripling


A powerhouse trumpeter, gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger, Byron Stripling has delighted audiences internationally.

Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed, award-winning Columbus Jazz Orchestra and was recently appointed as the Principal Pops Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Since his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, Stripling has emerged as one of America's most popular symphony pops guest artists, having performed with over 100 orchestras around the world. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world. 

An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical Satchmo. Many will remember his featured cameo performance in the television movie The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his critically acclaimed virtuoso trumpet and riotous comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of From Second Avenue to Broadway

Television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of the Grammy Awards. Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials and TV theme songs, including on 20/20, CNN, and soundtracks of favorite movies.

Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton, in addition to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and the GRP All Star Big Band. 

Stripling enjoys conducting seminars and master classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. His informative talks, combined with his incomparable wit and charm, make him a favorite guest speaker to groups of all ages.

A resident of Ohio, Stripling lives in the country with his wife, former dancer, writer and poet, Alexis and their beautiful daughters