Alex Valsing
Alex Valsing

Alex, also known as “The Rock,” started playing bass in Londonderry School’s 5th/6th grade band program.  He wanted an excuse to play more, so at 12 years old, he was excited to join Immersed In Music for the very first year of the Rockers program in 2013.

He continued to play in IIM throughout his years at Londonderry School.  Alex’s first band was “Look Out For the Train,” which changed some band members but maintained a core group for three years through these changes.

During his third year in IIM, Alex studied Music Theory with Rick Batley, which woke up something inside him and sparked a love for theory that has consumed his whole life!  With Rick’s help, he was accepted into the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) for high school. With the combination of theory, playing every day at CASA, and playing in three bands his third year in IIM, Alex became a much better musician really quickly.

Next, he bridged into playing in a band as a student mentor.  This was something completely new for him, but it was fun to be here and help out however he could, so if that meant teaching, then he would learn to teach.  And so he did. Alex also took IIM’s sound engineering programs and has helped to run the live sound for shows, and assist with the recording and mixing for the annual compilation CDs.

Alex continues to play in his final Immersed In Music band, The Watergate, which went out on their own after three years with IIM.  They are now taking the Master Class to expand their band business.

Alex now works as an assistant teacher in the Young Rockers and Rockers 10-month programs, as well as in the summer camps.  He assists with equipment management, and pretty much anything else that’s needed. That’s why he is called “The Rock.”