In The Pocket
On Jan. 14, In The Pocket (ITP), the popular school jazz/rock band led by Mr. Meyer, brought back several alums as well as other family members of the members for their Nicaragua Benefit Show.
Scott Hallyburton, a guitarist for ITP, agreed that this was a special show, claiming that the group this year is very organized. “We were much more prepared for this show than we have been in many years,” he said.
Junior saxophonist Eamon McKeever agreed with Hallyburton. “We were well prepared, and Trevor [Hoyt] and Meyer made sure to focus on the songs we needed a little more practice on in the rehearsals we had directly before the show,” he said. The songs this year were diverse and impressive, ranging from Santana’s “Everybody’s Everything” to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”
The alumni shows are always a big hit both among the crowd as well as the members of the group. “It just felt incredible to be with my brother on stage,” said Hallyburton, who was joined on stage by his brother Spencer, class of ’14.
Three members of the Oakley family performed side by side as well. Lydia ’17, Lowell ’15, and their father sang “Gravity” beautifully, leaving the crowd in awe of their voices and the harmonies they created.
McKeever commented on how special the alumni show was. “I love seeing people who were in the group last year, and people who were in the group when I was freshman, or not even at the Upper School yet,” he said. “It’s great to connect with them, and it really reinforces just how much of a family ITP is.”
Each song was executed with class and precision, even though most of the guests only had one day to learn their song. Hallyburton claimed this was because “the alumni that came back are very good musicians, so it was really easy for them to get the sheet music and just learn the songs.”
The band members also recognized how important it was to support the Nicaragua Club. “I love the connection our school has with schools in Nicaragua, and I’d love to see that relationship continue in the future,” McKeever said. The show was successful in raising money for the club, and it left the audience impressed and looking forward to next year’s show.