In The Pocket
What started in 2003 as a unique music-making experience between some gifted and eager Upper School students and Dr. Herb Lamb, a physics teacher with a former life as a club musician, has blossomed into the premiere music ensemble at Durham Academy. Specializing in many different genres of 20th-century popular music — jazz and swing, rock and roll, R&B, funk, soul, disco, musical theatre, pop, bluegrass and country — In The Pocket does it all.
As an educational endeavor, ITP is unique in its involvement of students and adults as virtual equals through the process of selecting repertoire, rehearsal and production. In recent years, students have become more and more involved in arranging music for the group as well. Interaction with faculty directors, Michael Meyer and Trevor Hoyt, as well as adult musicians from the Durham area further enhance the experience.
The final result is a polished, high-energy and deeply satisfying musical experience for performers and audience alike. Come check out a show and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
Don't Think Twice, 2016
In The Pocket released its third album, Don't Think Twice, in November 2016. The album is available in the Upper School student store and via CD Baby. The album includes an eclectic mix of 10 songs, from the Jimi Hendrix classic “Fire” and a soulful rendition of “Midnight Train To Georgia,” to the high-energy instrumental “Ghost Dance.” Learn more about the process of recording the album.
Further Up on the Road, 2012
In The Pocket released its second CD, Further On Up The Road, in October 2012. The album contains the ensemble's first recorded original song, "Love Is ...," performed by Mariah Young-Jones, and eight other distinctively ITP tracks, including "Whipping Post," "Little Lion Man" and "Mack the Knife."
Let the Good Times Roll, 2006
ITP's debut album, Let the Good Times Roll, was recorded in 2006 and is a great introduction to the ensemble, including and a good sample of a number of styles in which ITP performs. Tracks include: "Only You Know and I Know," "Fever," and "Memphis Soul Stew."
ITP Co-Director and Director of Upper School Music