Spring Pops Concert Takes the Stage

Monday, April 4, 2022
Octet performs during the Fall Pops Concert.

Students involved in Mercersburg Academy’s musical performance groups performed the Spring Pops Concert April 8 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. Both of Mercersburg’s a cappella vocal groups—Magalia and Octet—and the Jazz Band worked tirelessly on various musical pieces throughout the winter term in order to ring in the spring term with thoughtfully prepared music and an engaging performance to be enjoyed by the community. 

Bryan Morgan ’07, the director of the Jazz Band, emphasizes the importance of students having choice in what they perform. Morgan notes, “I try to always include one or two jazz standards that they [the members of Jazz Band] should know.” With this in mind, Morgan, with the influence of students in Jazz Band, chose “Megalovania,” written by Toby Fox and arranged by Paul Murtha; “Caravan,” written by Duke Ellington and arranged by John Wasson; “Stairway to Heaven,” written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and arranged by Roger Holmes; “Falling Water,” written and arranged by Ryan Fraley; and “Misty,” written by Erroll Garner and arranged by Mark Taylor.

Jim Brinson, fellow music faculty member and director of a cappella groups Magalia and Octet, also carefully selected music that will be enjoyed by students and faculty alike. The groups chose energetic and eclectic music, with Magalia selecting “Ex’s and Oh’s,” written by Dave Richard Bassett and Tanner Schneider and originally performed by Elle King; “Wannabe,” written and originally performed by the Spice Girls; and “Somebody That I Used to Know,” written and originally performed by Gotye. 

Octet took a similar approach, selecting pieces such as a mash-up of “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd and “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson; “You Were On My Mind,” written and originally performed by Sylvia Fricken; and, of course, the crowd favorite traditional song “De Animals.”

Magalia and Octet joined together to perform two additional pieces: “Lovely” by Billie Eilish and “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” by James Hudson and Calvin Carter.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.