To be selected for the IMMORTALS a candidate must...
1. Be enrolled as a student at Loudoun Music Instruction.
2. Perform above the level of his/her peers on a consistent basis.
3. Constantly complete assignments as directed at his/her lessons. Show ability and passion to "take it past the lesson" and incorporate material into his/her personal playing and/or vocal style. Show consistency in all facets of development.
4. Have a firm grip on chord and scale theory and the ability to put it to use.
5. Demonstrate excellent rhythm and rhythmic ability.
6. Show respect, humilty and ability to work with others in band workshops.
7. Make it impossible for me NOT to choose him/her, by always being ready for every opportunity.
8. Drummers must excel at their rudiments; master rock, blues, jazz, and big band styles. Must also be able to incorporate skills and styles from key drumming innovators.
9. All candidates must show a strong desire to confront their weaknesses head on and focus on what they do not know. Consistent growth is expected.
**selections are made between Sept and Oct each year.
So far 35 kids have been Immortal since 2006. All of them make me proud to this day! I would make a road band out of just about any combination of them and it could play anything. I love when former Immortals see current Immortals play. They nod approvingly and say "oh yeah" in my general direction.
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest Immortals Ethan Chisholm, Emma Wilson, Kirsten Woods, Hobbs Miller-Pincus and Mason Leuck. With your fabulous debut, you've shown everyone the 2017 promises to be a great Immortals year.
The 2017 Immortals Lineup
Hannah Becker - 12th Grade - Tuscarora HS
Hannah is a leader and a musician. She is solid in all her musicianship and can be counted on in all situations to be ready and ON. 2016's Immortals rely on her excellent piano comping and smooth vocals. Hannah enjoys the friendship in the band and loves Cleveland!!!
Beatrice Baxter - 11th Grade - Woodgrove HS
People wonder where I find these kids. Well they grow here. Beatrice has been singing and playing guitar down at LMI since 2007. She is a musician in the blood. She feels life and expresses love, sadness, joy and passion through the sounds of her voice and guitar. Her every move speaks Immortals and the LMI philosophy of discipline, love and determination. Her rendition of James Brown's "Man's World" at her Debut show Jan. 4th, 2015 will long be remembered as a signature LMI moment.
Nathan Dahlman - 11th Grade - Loudoun Valley HS
Nathan was invited into the Immortals in 2014 after taking drum lesson at LMI since 2009. He was the obvious heir to the awesome job of drumming for this class because of his maturity and willingness to just GO to a higher level. He is humble, yet talented. He is fun, yet dedicated. He knows success must comes through hard work and has decided that this is the route he'll take. For him it's easy...it's just having fun. Nathan has an amazingly hard task for one so young. He is playing jazz, r&b, soul, samba, go-go, blues, hard rock with seasoned musicians who have grown to LOVE him. "I love Nathan" is heard every five minutes in here and I agree! He is meeting the challenge head on and his hard work is the bedrock of the current Immortals. Congrats to you Nathan.
Ethan Chisholm - 11th Grade - Loudoun Valley HS - New to the group for 2017 Ethan is a bassist with discipline and soul. He enjoys and jazz, funk and R&B and is always looking for new and exciting sounds. He is in th eright place with the best players at LMI. He is also working on his piano and singing skills.
Emma Wilson - 11th Grade - The Wilson Home School - The schooling at teh Wilson hoe must be awesome because this child is amaziing in her dedication to music. She sings and plays with power and passion. She practices with passion as well. Emma knows she wants to pursue music in her life and is looking for what direction to take. What she doesn't yet know is that she's already found it.
Cole Zimmerman - 10th Grade Woodgrove HS -Cole is a guitarist and fabulous vocalist. He has worked non-stop since I met him in 2010. He was surprised to be selected for the Immortals 3 years ago! For me it was a no brainer. Everyone who came to our first show knows why I did it now too. I just can't believe how lucky I get with these incredible characters. Cole is intuitive, creative, rhythmic and most of all dedicated. I honestly don't think there are limits on Cole.
Kirsten Woods - 9th Grade - Woodgrove HS - Kirsten is a pianist and dynamic vocalist. She has stormed into the Immortals. Her performance reminds me of Stevie Wonder's lyrics in "Once in My Life," ...her performance says "this is mine and you can't take it!!!" She is working hard to learn to be a part of an awesome group like the Immortals and humbly pursuing her path to professionalism. I predict she will lead the group in the future.
Mason Leuck - 8th Grade
Hobbs Miller Pincus - 8th Grade
John Rodeffer - 2006
Kelly Hausfeld - 2006
Ashleigh Hendrick Van Briggle - 2006
David Baxter - 2006/2007
JT Davis - 2006 to 2008
Victoria Protic - 2007-2008
Jamie Dahlman - 2006 to 2008
Erik Driscoll - 2006 to 2010
Kyle Lee - 2006 to 2009
Lily Cousland - 2007 to 2009
Felicia Filicetti - 2010
Patrick Ryan - 2006 to 2011
Zach DeHart - 2007 to 2012
David Kennedy - 2011 to 2012
Erin Taylor - 2011 to 2013
Travis Guyton - 2011 to 2013
Abbe Scheerschmidt - 2012 to 2013
Julia Hiser - 2009 to 2014
Joseph Keim - 2009 -2014
Gregory "House" McCall 2012-2015
Tyler Scheerschmidt - 2010-2015
Aidan Bruecken 2013 - 2016
Michael Preston 2015-2016
Ryan Taylor 2015-2016
Lauren Bogle 2014-2016
Emily Horton 2014-2016
THE STORY OF THE IMMORTALS
In August 2006 I began calling parents of quite a few extremely gifted students to tell them I had an idea. I had a vision of a program where students could get real life experience in the music business. THey would receive high level education, performance instruction, performance experience and leadership and group dynamics instruction too. They would meet for 3 hours together per week and be required to maintain a college level curriculum...all this in addition to their normal weekly lesson at LMI.