Parents Association & Parents Council
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Parents Bulletin Board
Saturday’s In The Pocket benefit concert is truly a family affair. The Upper School jazz-rock group is more than a musical ensemble — its members think of themselves as a large, extended family — and the 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert in Kenan Auditorium will be a family reunion with 16 In The Pocket members, 20 alumni and 12 moms, dads, sisters, brothers, a cousin and a grandfather coming together for the performance.
For at least 15 years, In The Pocket has held a concert to benefit the Upper School’s Nicaragua Club, which has helped build and support a school in San Ramon, Nicaragua. Admission to the Saturday concert is free, but donations are encouraged.
Having ITP alumni and family members perform is a newer tradition. Music teacher and ITP director Mike Meyer got it started a few years ago when he invited young alumni on winter break from college to share the stage, and then ITP members invited family members who were musicians to join in. This year, Meyer’s father and sister will be performing with him.
“I am thankful that Mike and the ITP group have been so kind and supportive of our endeavors in Nicaragua,” said Thomas Phu, history teacher and advisor for the Nicaragua Club.
“The Saturday of this concert is one of my favorite days of the year every year,” Meyer said. “We start rehearsing in the morning, putting songs together with our family members and alumni and going into the afternoon. It truly is a ‘family reunion’ atmosphere, with the current students getting to meet people they’ve only heard stories about, or heard on an ITP CD from back in the day, and alumni getting to see each other, make music together again and relive some of their favorite memories from high school.
“For Trevor [Hoyt, ITP co-director] and me, it’s an absolute pleasure to see our former students come back and show the current kids a thing or two. And, of course, for family members who otherwise wouldn’t get an opportunity to perform with their kids on stage, we’ve helped make a memory their family can treasure forever. The day of rehearsals and the evening performance are just hours and hours of pure joy and fun.”
The concert draws a large crowd and can continue late into Saturday night, but an intermission makes it easy for families with young children to come for part of the show.
Jared Anderson ’12, a Nashville songwriter, performing artist and producer/engineer, will be participating in Saturday’s concert. Anderson has played shows at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe and Listening Room, and has worked with artists Jason Isbell, Judah and The Lion, and Tommy Emmanuel in the studio.
Chris Eck ’17 will do guest lighting for the show.
Other alumni performing at the concert:
Beth Browning ’07
Will Newman ’11
Kristin Sundy ’11
Ralitsa Kalfas ’15
Ian Kirven ’15
Alina Walling ’15
Christopher Camitta ’16
Braden Saba ’16
MacKenzi Simpson ’16
Evan Ballew ’17
Nikki Inocencio ’17
Lydia Oakley ’17
Niall Schroder ’17
Addison West ’17
Scott Hallyburton ’18
Lillia Larson ’18
Eamon McKeever ’18
Shane Smith ’18
In The Pocket members who will be joined by family members:
Lana Kalfas ’19 with her sister Ralitsa, as well as their mom, grandfather and cousin
Blake Byerly ’19 with his mom and his brothers Cameron ’15 and Alexei ’21
Tigey Jewell-Alibhai ’19 with his mom, dad and brother Zebee ’23
Charlie Dvergsten ’19 with his mom.
Other In The Pocket members performing at the concert:
Spencer Adler ’19
Annie Brooks ’20
Matthew Chang ’21
Sarah Clark ’20
Griffin Edwards ’21
Tate Eppinger ’20
Yaakov Huba ’19
Raksha Ramanan ’19
Davi Sapiro-Gheiler ’19
Matt Schwartz ’21
Alayah Tedder ’20
Jack Tendler ’20