Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of Western University of Health Sciences, took his annual turn at the conductor’s podium in Ganesha Park Aug. 21, leading the Pomona Concert Band in a rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton” during the 61st annual Summer Concert Series.

Dr. Pumerantz, who has guest-conducted for 23 straight years, also received a surprise award from the band for his longtime support of the group. The evening’s award and guest-conducting stint coincided with the 48th wedding anniversary of Dr. Pumerantz and his wife, Harriet, who was in the audience along with other family members, friends, and WesternU faculty and staff.

The roughly 300 people who attended the concert also were treated to anniversary cake and ice cream courtesy of WesternU and the Pumerantzes.