Imagination Movers

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The Imagination Movers
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Background information
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresChildren's music
Years activeJanuary 5, 2003–present
LabelsWalt Disney, Rec Room, Razor & Tie
Websitehttp://www.imaginationmovers.com
MembersRich Collins
Scott Durbin
Dave Poche
Scott "Smitty" Smith
 
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This page is about the Imagination Movers band. For information about the TV show starring the band, see Imagination Movers (TV series).

The Imagination Movers
Imagination Movers Spangdahlem.JPG
Background information
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresChildren's music
Years activeJanuary 5, 2003–present
LabelsWalt Disney, Rec Room, Razor & Tie
Websitehttp://www.imaginationmovers.com
MembersRich Collins
Scott Durbin
Dave Poche
Scott "Smitty" Smith

Imagination Movers is a band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2003. The lineup includes Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott "Smitty" Smith. Members of the group were longtime friends and neighbors.

The group started as a television/music concept which was pitched to local PBS affiliates in New Orleans. WLAE-TV was the first to take an interest in the group and later introduced them to Beth Courtney, the President & Chief Executive Officer at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Soon after, LPB began airing one-minute videos produced by the Imagination Movers themselves.[1]

The Movers built a sizable regional following by setting educational songs for kids to melodies and rhythms that adults appreciate as well. They sold more than 100,000 copies of their self-produced CDs and DVDs. Their three indie CDs: "Good Ideas," "Calling All Movers," and "Eight Feet" along with their grass roots DVD "Stir It Up" have, combined, won fourteen national awards, from such groups as the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA) and Parents' Choice.[2][3][4]

In early 2005, Disney took notice, and initiated negotiations to add the Movers to the company's roster. These were interrupted in August when the flood protection designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect New Orleans failed. The resulting floodwater claimed the band's office, as well as the homes of Collins, Durbin and Poche – but the deal was signed in the spring of 2006.[5]

In 2008, Walt Disney Records introduced the Imagination Movers' music to the nation with the release of the Movers' first nationally-released CD, "Juice Box Heroes."[6]

In September 2008, a 30-minute show featuring the group began airing on the Disney Channel's preschool programming block known as Playhouse Disney, and currently airs on Playhouse Disney's replacement, Disney Junior.

The Movers write and perform all the songs on their show.[7] Moreover, the Imagination Movers have received critical kudos for their live concert performances.[8]

In October 2009, the Imagination Movers started the "Live from the Idea Warehouse Concert Tour 2009". Traveling from mid-October to mid-December 2009 their live performances include lots of their favorite songs and dancing, as well as video appearances of Warehouse Mouse.[9]

Beginning in early-February 2011 and wrapping up in late May 2011, the Imagination Movers presented their "In a Big Warehouse Concert Tour," playing more than 100 shows in 50+ cities across North America.[10]

From March to October 2012, the Imagination Movers toured North America on their post-Disney "Rock-O-Matic" tour. The show maintained several elements of the original TV concept, such as an on-stage "idea emergency" and several sets from their older catalogue; however, with the departure of Wendy Calio back to her native Hawaii, the character "Nina", along with her musical numbers, is not present. The tour promotes the Imagination Movers' new album/DVD release, "Rock-O-Matic", which features all new music from the band.[11]

The album itself is produced independently of Disney and has a notably more mature, contemporary rock-and-roll sound, though still very appropriate for children. Several performance dates were moved to later in 2012 to benefit from the increased exposure of the Imagination Movers TV show now playing daily on Disney Junior.[12]

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Members [edit]

Rich Collins [edit]

Rich

This multi-instrumentalist works the controls in the recording studio. He is the Imagination Movers' drummer on the TV show, but plays guitar, bass and occasionally drums in concert. His drum sticks double as "Scribble Sticks," which he uses to draw words and pictures on the TV screen.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Collins graduated from The Catholic University of America and relocated to New Orleans in the early 1990s to form a rock band, Dubly.[13] The husband and father of five lost his home in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. Before the formation of The Imagination Movers, Collins was a journalist.

Scott Durbin [edit]

Scott

The initial inspiration for Imagination Movers came in 2003 from Durbin, who wanted to create a live action local kids show that presented strong male role models for children. Durbin was inspired by the likes of Captain Kangaroo and Fred Rogers as well as the musical stylings of The Police and De La Soul.[14]

The son of a second generation Methodist minister and chaplain in the US Army, Durbin lived the life of an army brat, residing in various places around the world including Washington, D.C., San Antonio, and Thailand, before his family settled in New Orleans when he was around seven years old. He studied abroad in both high school and college, living in Japan and Denmark. He has since moved because of Hurricane Katrina. He currently lives in Lafayette.

Before the formation of the Movers, Durbin received his undergraduate degree in religious studies from Centenary College of Louisiana and his graduate teaching certification from the University of New Orleans. He taught for a total of ten years. The first six years were at Norco Elementary 4-6 in the St. Charles Parish Public School system where he was awarded Teacher of the Year from his school. Later, he joined the faculty at Isidore Newman School in Orleans Parish and again received recognition, receiving the New Teacher of the Year award his first year there.[15] He is married and has two children.

In the Idea Warehouse, Durbin, who plays the mandolin, keyboards, and melodica on the show, also wears "Wobble Goggles," which allow him to see things from a variety of perspectives.

Dave Poche [edit]

An architect by trade, Poche was part of the design team for the New Orleans Saints practice facilities and also designed various New Orleans-based banks, office buildings and hotels. He most recently worked on several designs that are part of the post-Katrina rebuild efforts.

As 'Imagination Mover Dave,' Poche is the Movers' "jack-of-all-trades," using his red gadget hat as a storage device for a variety of objects, many of which he uses to make his cool gizmos and contraptions. Poche is also responsible for creating the concept of the Warehouse Mouse puppet, a mainstay in the series.

An active father, he has taken time from his busy schedule to serve as a Cub Scout den leader as well a coach for his children’s T-ball, basketball and soccer teams.

While he has no formal theatrical or musical training, Poche did fiddle with the bass briefly in college and has a colorful performance background that includes a stint as a stand-up comic. Like his fellow Movers, he is inspired by 1980s and '90s rock, pop and alternative music and by his front-lines experience dealing with his children's sleepless nights, messy playrooms and other growing pains.Poche plays bass guitar on the Imagination Movers T.V. Show and during live performances

Originally from Baton Rouge, Poche received his degree from Louisiana State University and moved to his wife's hometown of New Orleans 13 years ago. Despite losing their home to Hurricane Katrina, the couple has returned to the New Orleans area where they currently reside with their two young children.

Scott "Smitty" Smith [edit]

Smitty, a New Orleans firefighter, has spent the past five years as part of Engine 7 on Basin Street and was a part of the Hurricane Katrina search-and-rescue effort. While he was the only Mover not to lose his home to the storm, his firehouse was destroyed and continues to operate out of a trailer.

Guitarist Smith is the adventurous outdoorsman of the group; growing up in Southern Louisiana, he hunted and fished every weekend as a child, and continues to do so in his spare time. He enjoys exploring America's National Parks. Smith brings his outdoor experiences to the group by blowing duck and goose calls on some of the band’s songs, including "I Heard That."

An English Literature graduate of the University of New Orleans, Smith's given Mover prop is his trusty journal, which represents his Indiana Jones-like scholarly personality and is used as a resource when the Movers are trying to solve a problem.

A New Orleans native, Smith resides in New Orleans with his wife, Mary, and two dogs.

Personnel [edit]

Recognition [edit]

On March 22, 2008 the Imagination Movers were one of the entertainment groups to perform at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn. They will play again next year.[1]

On August 21, 2008, the Imagination Movers performed on Good Morning America.[16]

Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott Smith, the Imagination Movers, won[17] a 2009 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song in the category of Children's and Animation for their original song "Boing, Cluck, Cluck."

The Movers have been nominated twice for Daytime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Original Song: 2009 & 2011.[18]

In 2011, the Imagination Movers TV series received a WGA Award for CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS - “Happy Ha-Ha Holidays” (Imagination Movers), Written by Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel.[19]

According to Pollstar, the Movers ranked #79 on the Top 100 tours North American tours of 2011.

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