On November 13, a group of interested cadets enjoyed a trip to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri to enjoy a pizza dinner and a jazz concert by Pedrito Martinez Group, who is a part of the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series.
Their trip began after classes on Wednesday, where cadets loaded up into two MMA vans for the 40-minute drive to Columbia. Upon arrival, cadets stopped at MOD Pizza for dinner, where they were able to customize their own pizzas, choosing from 30 different pizza toppings to create some delicious – and even unusual – creations.
With full bellies, they headed to Stephens College for the grand showing of Pedrito Martinez Group. In the excitement and swing of the groovy jazz tunes, a few cadets decided to get up and dance. Most notable of the dancers, Cadet Guttman “busted some moves like Mick Jagger” according to Fine Arts Department Director Rob McGrath.
After the show, cadets had the opportunity to meet Pedrito Martinez himself, where they got his autograph and took photos.
Pedrito Martinez, born in Havana, Cuba, has been building his jazz career in the United States since 1998. In 2000, he was awarded the The Lonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion. By 2005, his music was Grammy-nominated. In 2013, his album was chosen for NPR’s Favorite Albums and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013; and when his second album was released in 2016, he was named #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums and named in Boston Globe World Music Albums.
Thank you to Fine Arts Department Director Rob McGrath, Fine Arts Instructor Cheryl Morris and Science Instructor Rachel Wallace for chaperoning the cadets and taking photos!