Senior Olivia Martinez was a featured soloist with the Culver Jazz Band during Loud Music in the Library. Culver photo/Jan Garrison
November 20, 2014

You can expect to hear more Loud Music in the Library following the success of the afternoon concert on Sunday, Nov. 16. Library Director Susan Freymiller said the continuing renovation of the Huffington Library makes such programs available since there are more open spaces for larger gatherings.

And, given that Sunday’s concert by the string orchestra and the jazz band drew approximately 60 people, it looks like the Culver Academies community is ready for more. With the audience sitting in the center of the first floor, the orchestra played first, performing the four movements of Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, K. 525.

Then came the audience interactive experience, as Orchestra Director Bill Browne called it, as audience members picked up their chairs and turned them around to face Jazz Band Director David Weirich and the group.

The jazz band started with the 1966 song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. The song was made famous by Cannonball Adderley, then had a rebirth when The Buckinghams added lyrics a year later. That was followed by I’m Getting Sentimental over You, which featured Olivia Martinez ’15 (Lowell, Ind.) on the French horn. The 1932 song was made famous by Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra.

Second-classman Jesus Manchu Navarrete (Monterey, Mexico) was the featured vocalist on Feeling Good, from the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. The band also played Henry Mancini’s classic The Pink Panther and the 1987 hit Walk the Dinosaur by David Was, Don Was, and Randy Jacobs.

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