Baldwin Pops is an organization of volunteer musicians, including our most talented Music Director and Co-Conductors. These gentlemen work tirelessly not only on the podium but also behind the scenes setting up the yearly schedule, coordinating those dates with community groups, programming music in keeping with our concert themes as well coordination with outstanding guest soloists we invite to perform throughout the season.
There is a great deal of behind the scenes work that happens with an organization like this…and the audience sees the end results of this work at performances but we as musicians also enjoy the conductors knowledge and expertise every week at rehearsal. The Band is privileged to have original compositions and custom arrangements compliments of Roger Jones, one of our Co-Conductors. These volunteer jobs are truly not recognized as much as they should be but we would like them to know they are very much appreciated!
Doctor Jones, a native of Miami, Florida, finished his Ph.D. in music theory/composition at the University of Miami in 1972.
In 1974, after leaving a position as composer-in-residence and coordinator of a music project in Kansas, he moved to Monroe, Louisiana where he taught at the University of Louisiana at Monroe – formerly Northeast Louisiana University.
That same year he joined the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as principal tubist, a position he held for 25 years. In 1992, he became assistant and then associate conductor of the orchestra. From 1999 until his retirement in 2003, he served as the symphony’s principal conductor and musical director. He also conducted ULMs University Orchestra for 13 years and the Monroe Youth Symphony for over five years.
For many years he performed with the Chamber Arts Brass Quintet and the Monroe Consort, an ensemble performing on Renaissance era instruments. His list of original musical compositions include works for orchestra, band, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and voice. A number of his works are available from music publishers.
Major works include his “Symphony No. 2” for orchestra, commissioned by the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and his ballet “Ouachita Rhapsody” commissioned by the Twin City Ballet of Monroe-West Monroe.
Honors given to Dr. Jones include the 2002 Outstanding Artist Award from the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and the Louisiana Governor’s Art Education Award for 1997. In 1998, the College of Liberal Arts at ULM recognized him as its outstanding teacher. For his final year at the university he served as Interim Director of the School of Music as it made the transition into the School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Dr. Jones retired to Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife Dee in 2003. That same year he joined the Baldwin Pops Band. He continues to write music, perform on the tuba and pursue his love of fishing in the Gulf.
Conductor Emeritus and Music Director
Joe Riemer, a native of New Orleans , La., received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in music education at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. He began his teaching career in 1962 serving as band director at Shaw High School and Davidson High School in Mobile, Al. Subsequently he has been the band director at Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette Middle School, and Baldwin County High School.
Mr. Riemer was on the board of the Mobile Jazz Festival and was the conductor of its High School All-star Jazz Band, with numerous performances on the Mobile Jazz Festival concert programs. He also holds membership in MENC, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, and the music fraternities Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu. He continues to serve as adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.
Joe is one of the founders of the Mobile Pops and served as one of its co-directors for 10 years. He is also one of the founders of the Baldwin Pops, a community band in Baldwin County, and has served as its music director since its inception in 1997.
Named in 2001 by the Mobile Bay Monthly as one of 25 most influential “Masters of the Arts” for Mobile and Baldwin County, he was also presented, in 2007, with the Fairhope First “Quality of Life” award for his contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life in the Fairhope area. That same year he received the “Arts Volunteer of the Year” award presented by the Mobile Arts Council. In 2008 he was inducted into the Mobile County Band Director’s Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was inducted into the Alabama Music Education Association Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Mary Lou are both retired educators and reside in Fairhope, Al. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Honorable Randy Davis was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives (District 96) during November 2002. As a member of the Republican Party, Davis represents cities in Baldwin and Mobile County (Daphne, Spanish Fort, Chickasaw, Saraland, and Satsuma). Rep. Davis is a member of the Constitution and Elections Committee and Education Committee. Also, Rep. Davis serves as a member of the Reapportionment Committee of the National Southern Legislators Association.
Davis, age 51, is a former resident of the Chickasaw and Saraland communities and currently resides in Daphne. Having most recently served as coordinator for the Baldwin County Public School System, Davis has worked in education for more than 25 years. His duties have included coordination of community education, Partnership in Education and public relations activities for all Baldwin County public schools.
Davis began his teaching career in Mississippi and also worked for the Mobile County Public School System as a teacher and administrator for 23 years.
Davis has directed bands and choirs of all ages during his career and served as choir director at Chickasaw United Methodist Church and Spanish Fort United Methodist Church. Randy Davis has earned bachelors, masters and education specialist degrees in music education and administration, and has studied music at the University of Southern Mississippi as well as Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to his work at Chickasaw United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort United Methodist Church and the Baldwin County Public School system, Davis has performed professionally with the Mobile Opera, Mobile Ballet, Mobile Symphony, and numerous other church and professional groups.
A recipient of the 1999 Michael Fitzhugh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education, Davis has also been involved in many community organizations having served as chairman of the United States Sports Academy’s Youth Arts program, Baldwin and Mobile United Way Committee, board member of the Mobile Arts Council, Bounds YMCA Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs, Baldwin County Trailblazers Board, Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce, Senior Bowl Committee, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Committee, GMAC Bowl Committee, Baldwin Pops Band, Mobile Community Pops Band, Leadership Mobile 1996, Envision Mobile/Baldwin, Dixie Youth Baseball in Chickasaw and Daphne, and is currently a resident conductor and performer with the Baldwin Pops Band.
Born to J. E. Davis and Lucille Davis of Saraland, Davis is married to Martha Lindsey Davis, a native of Chickasaw. She has taught at Robert E. Lee School in Satsuma and is currently a teacher at Chickasaw Magnet School of Math and Science. Mrs. Davis also serves as an organist for the community’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The Davis’ have one son, Judd, who attended schools in Satsuma and Chickasaw before graduating from Daphne High School. Judd currently attends Troy State University in Troy, Alabama.