The Imagination Movers
have been making educational folk and rock songs for kids since they came together in 2003. A contract with Disney was the way forward for the group in 2006, & they have now become more visible to fans. Catchy tunes have had children jumping onto the bandwagon in concerts, visibly charmed by the antics & songs of the band members. Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche & Scott “Smitty” Smith complete the Imagination Movers
. The New Orleans based band survived major personal damage from Hurricane Katrina but has emerged stronger with the backing of their little fans, all of whom will be thrilled at their chance to grab Imagination Movers tickets
have been at the forefront of the children’s music scene for almost a decade now. The genre primarily targets preschool children with catchy folk & light rock songs, & tries to preach various aspects of approved culture, behavior & studies. It has shown to improve children’s academic performances as well. Imagination Movers
was the brainchild of Scott Durbin, who in 2003 envisioned the creation of a live action local kids show with icons on the lines of Captain Kangaroo. Globetrotting & living the life of an army brat by virtue of his US Army chaplain father, Durbin settled in New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in religious studies & a teaching certification. He then taught for ten years, first at Norco Elementary, & later at Isidore Newman School. Guitar, bass & drum player Rich Collins was a Washington native before joining Imagination Movers
, having worked earlier as a journalist. Dave Poche was an architect, having designed the New Orleans Saints practice facilities. He played fiddle & bass in college earlier, & had tried his hand at stand-up comedy as well. Poche resided in Baton Rouge before moving to New Orleans. The band’s outdoorsman, Scott “Smitty” Smith avidly pursued fishing, hiking & other outdoor activities. He was an English Literature graduate from University of New Orleans, and worked as a firefighter from Engine 7 on Basin Street. The four were neighbors & friends and their venture caught the attention of WLAE-TV, which helped arrange a meeting with Louisiana Public Broadcasting CEO Beth Courtney. Courtney was suitably impressed, & after an initial period where one-minute videos were aired of the band, Imagination Movers
gained a sizeable local following. Rec Room Records was behind their self-produced debut effort Calling All Movers
, & two further records were produced before Disney caught wind of the band. A deal was struck in 2006, hampered by the extensive destruction of Hurricane Katrina, in which Collins & Poche lost their homes, Durbin was forced to relocate to Lafayette, & Smith lost a firehouse. The band reemerged stronger, with Walt Disney Records putting out Juice Box Heroes
, their first nationally released CD. Later that year, Imagination Movers
gained a 30-minute show on Disney’s preschool programming block, Playhouse Disney
The Imagination Movers how on Playhouse Disney is in its third successful season. Each character has his specific prop. Collins uses his drum sticks as “Scribble Sticks” to inscribe words on TV, Durbin’s “Wobble Goggles” allow viewing from many different perspectives, Poche’s role as the resourceful man is helped by his red storage hat which contains gadgets, while the scholarly Smith consults his journal to help solve issues. The plot revolves around the different ways the band tackles various problems faced by them. The band’s rock/pop influences are the force behind their seven albums. “Boing Cluck Cluck” won an Emmy, while they have notched up a further 14 national awards.
also started the Live from Idea Warehouse Concert Tour
in 2009 to great success.
are the harbingers of a new era that maximizes entertainment avenues for viewers of all ages. Children entertainment is becoming lucrative for corporate ventures, but more importantly, it is the simple pleasure of pure untainted family entertainment that is spearheading the sales of Imagination Movers tickets