Brandon Andersohn “Headlines” Guitar Night

Over 20 “Guitar” acts performed last Thursday night at Green Valley Middle School. Brandon Andersohn, age 13, guitarist for Armored Flight had the privilege and honor of being the “Headliner” for the show. Brandon, along with his brother Dustin on Drums, friends Adam on Bass and Alex on Guitar brought the packed house down!

Brandon’s debut of his original song titled “ALL THE WAY” was a sure fire hit with the kids and parents of Green Valley School. Next stop is the recording studio where we hope to record and release “All The Way” and a newly written song by Armored Flight titled “One Day at A Time!”

Father and Son – A Duo Duet Guitar Duel

Just imagine a 13 year old kid standing next to his Dad battling it out on guitars as you listen to this song.  It’s hard to picture a kid, just a kid, playing guitar like this, but I’m here to tell you it’s true.  I had the honor of standing right next to him and watching him pull this stuff off, and right off the cuff.   He’s truly an amazing artist with so much talent, and he’s only just begun.

Last week we sent in our video for the next round of America’s Got Talent in hopes that we’ll get to the next round of auditions.  In preparation for getting an opportunity to be on the show for season 5, Brandon and I decided to work on our chops and get a little practice in.  Now under normal circumstances, Brandon always plays guitar and his Dad plays bass to hold down the bottom end for Armored Flight.

This night was different. As Brandon peeled off to his room to rehearse, Dad decided to pick up the ol Ibanez guitar with the whammy bar and see what he had left in him after playing the bass guitar for so long.  “As I strapped her on, plugged her in, cranked the volume, and began riffing away, Brandon came walking into the loft with his guitar and chord in hand” and says, “Can I jam with you Dad?

Next thing I know, we’re blazing a trail to some new and undiscovered dimensions of music that were buried deep within our spirits and souls.  I can’t tell you how fun it was creating this new song.  First came the back-bone creation, the beat, and feeling of the moment, the bass and drum tracks.  Then came the harmony guitars and duo duet, quickly followed by the “Battle of the axes“, (Brandon wins of course) then right back into the ending of the song which closes with a compelling harmony that Father and Son improvise and embellish.

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The Father and Son Duo Duet Guitar Duel

We had a blast creating and recording this song and hope those of you who stumble upon this creation will enjoy it just as much as we did. This will be the first of many tunes to come on Brandon’s Debut “Solo” album that is now in the works and was inspired by this first song.  We hope to have it released before he turns 14 years old.  It’s amazing what can happen when you set aside the time to practice, create, embellish, and improvise with no set expectations.

☛ America’s Got Talent – Armored Flight Passes The Audition ✈

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✉  These were the exact words in the email we just received from the casting staff and casting producer at NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT SEASON 5! You can’t begin to imagine how exciting this is for us?!?   OMG, the excitement and emotions are running wild in the Andersohn home right now, and can hardly be expressed or even put into words.

This is a HUGE honor, privilege, and opportunity for our family and band. We’re nothing short of elated, flabbergasted, and floating on clouds right now.  Here’s the audition video we created while recording this song in the studio, and then submitted it for this seasons show.

✍  When we received word that we had passed the first round of auditions and are now going on to the next round, life and time seemed to just stop right there!  The only comparison that comes to mind is like finding out you just won the Lottery! We know that tens of thousands are turned away from AGT all over the country every year, and to be selected as a “next round” contestant makes us very humbled, and yet very proud.  Shoot, we are down-right STOKED!

The first thing we did when we found out was call the kids schools and ask that the principles announce it in each of their classrooms.  Brandon’s teacher announced it right in front of the whole class, while Dustin’s teacher walked into class and slipped him “the note.”  I can only imagine that concentrating on their classes the rest of the day after getting news like that must have been close to impossible.

So now we go on to the next level of auditions and if we make it past that, we go on the show and compete for the $1,000,000 dollars and a chance to be the Winners of America’s Got Talent Season 5. This is a dream come true. This is already a big win for us.  Just getting past the first round of auditions and making it to the next round could be one of our greatest accomplishments ever.  This is the beginning of some very exciting times ahead for us.

We love America, and hope they’ll love us back enough to vote for us, and help us win AGT5 as “America’s ONLY Family Rock Band!” We’ve got some serious hard work and lot’s of practice and rehearsals ahead, so we’ll be signing off for a while.  Don’t worry, we’ll be back very soon with an update and the latest news on what’s happening with this new journey and adventure of ours. Thanks AGT and thanks America!!  ★

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Armored Flight in the Battle of the Bands

Armored Flight in the Battle of the Bands

While we wait to hear from America’s Got Talent to see if we made the cut, the family band has entered into two “Battle of the Bands” contests.  They are both great opportunities for us to build exposure and get our music out into the world.  Since Armored Flight is one of the few (maybe the only) family rock bands in the Country and music industry, we feel there’s a great chance we could not only get selected for these “battles’ but we could win.

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Having said that, we can’t do it without your support and votes. We’re asking our readers, family, friends, and fans to take a second and place a vote for us in both of these contests.  We will need quite a few votes in order to get the attention of the promoters for these events.  Even if you don’t take the time to vote, please stop by and take a listen to the songs we’ve entered.  They were written by the two brothers “Brandon and Dustin” and collaborated on with “Brad and Debra” the other half of the Armored Flight Band.  Thanks for your votes!!

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We appreciate your continued support and hope you’ll enjoy “Just Do It”, “Lovin You” and “Take Me Away!”       

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Watch Out Eddie and Alex Van Halen – There’s New Kids In Town

Could these guys be the next “brother TEAM” in the Rock n Roll Business? Van Halen – Eddie is the Guitar player with his brother Alex on the Drums, well this is Brandon on the guitar with his brother Dustin on the drums.  These kids are just beginning their careers and have already created some great exposure and gathered some attention from some pretty heavy hitters not to mention from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The brothers and their “Family Band” just entered into the contest in Portland Oregon submitting their video  to the AGT5 website for auditions.

The video was just picked up by one of the AGT Fan sites and now they’re just waiting to hear if the next show they do will be on “NBC’s LIVE Television show, America’s Got Talent.

Does Eddie and Alex Van Halen got talent? You better believe it!  Will Brandon and Dustin be the next chosen “brothers” and band for America?  We’ll have to wait and see how America votes the answer to that?

America’s Got Talent – My Adventure and Dream Come True

3 Days and 1,000 miles for a 90 second opportunity.

Auditioning for Americas Got Talent was the best time of my life. It all started when I brought up the idea to my parents a few months back, and I’ve been practicing ever since.  It has always been my dream to be a rock-star and the only way you can be a rock-star is by getting exposure.  What better way to get exposure than being on T.V?  Plus I could win $1,000,000.

So on Friday, the 22nd of January, me and my dad packed up the car and were off to the LA Convention Center.  I was so excited and nervous at the same time, but my dad always made me feel better about it.  He would say things like, “have fun, smile, you’ll do great.”  If it wasn’t for my dad, I couldn’t have done this.   He drove me 1,000 miles, he spent money on two hotels, and he spent money for gas and also food!  He is definitely a great father.

On the first night, we drove for about 2-3 hours and got a hotel in Los Banos.  It was pretty nice.  Then we got up in the morning and drove for about another 6 hours.  On the way there, we went through everything you can imagine… hot weather, freezing weather, rain, and even snow.  It was the most beautiful drive I’ve ever taken!  (Except the long and flat highway 5 of course)  But me and my dad made it all worth while in the car.

At the end of the long drive, me and my dad drove into this parking lot with the nicest and biggest hotel I’ve ever seen.  It was the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach.  It was so nice. We had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted, like going to the beach, and going out to eat sushi, and then just chill in the hotel.  For the rest of the night I thought I’d better practice.  The next morning I had to get up at five thirty, and since I was sleeping in the most comfortable bed ever, you can only imagine how hard it was to get up.

So we packed everything up and got a quick bite at McDonald’s, then started driving again.  When we arrived at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this is when my heart started to pound and I got really nervous.  Once we got in to the building, there were only like 30 people in line and we were very surprised and happy.  When we told the guy at the desk we had just came in from the garage, he said, “you have to go outside and get in the line.”  The rest of the time, it seemed like all we did was wait in lines.

There was just a little line inside the building, we didn’t see the other 3,000 standing outside.  You can only imagine how surprised  me and my dad were.  While in the long line, there were guys from AGT coming around to give me and my dad colored wrist bands.  They also gave me a sticker with my audition number on it.  5,o42,164 WOW that’s a big number, and one I’ll never forget.  We wondered if that’s how many people had auditioned before me?

After about a good 2 hours of waiting, we got to the front of the line where a man told us to go up into this BIG waiting room at the top of the escalators.   There were about ten huge rooms up there, and then another guy told us to go into the first one and wait.  There were about 250-300 people in that room easy, and there were another ten rooms just like it (not including all the smaller audition rooms) Man that LA Convention Center is massively huge!

Next, they had us all go outside for a photo shoot kind of thing.  Oh my gosh, we were out there for like 3 hours.  They were making us do a lot of different stuff like go up and down the stairs and walk by the cameras.  Scream and shout for the camera and yell out all kinds of stuff and cheer.  By the time I got back inside, I was exhausted.  But I would do anything just to get to that audition.  With all the stuff they recorded us doing on video, I’m sure you’ll see us on TV.

Finally they called out a group of numbers and we had to go wait in another line, and then another line, and finally the time came.  It was my time to audition.  I was so nervous.  I got into this room, and there were 7 people in there.  Six judges or producers, and a guy video taping all of it.  We weren’t allowed to take in any cameras, so my Dad only got to use his iPhone to take all these pictures outside.

There was 8 other guitar player/singers in front of me who got to go first.  Then they were asked to leave the room.  Now it was my turn.  My Dad helped me setup my amp, this was it!  When I got up there to play, I smiled and introduced myself and just did my best.  When I was done, the first thing that the main producer said was “WOW how old are you and how long have you been playing?”  I said I was thirteen and I’ve been playing for about two years.

He said, “you remind me of Van Halen.”  When he said that, it made me so happy.

Then the producer told me he couldn’t tell anybody if they passed their audition until March, and that they’ll send me an email, but I think I have a good chance.  With that, we packed up everything, and began our long drive back home.  3 days and a thousand miles for a 90 second opportunity.  Wow, Thank you Dad.

Even if I don’t make it,  I’ll never forget the best time and trip in the world!

…But If I do make it past the audition, and I get on the show, please vote for me.  Thanks.

Armored Flight FaceBook Friends and Fans – Thank You!

Our Facebook friends and fans have shown a huge out-pouring of support for Armored Flight Guitarist, Brandon Andersohn, (age 13) who just auditioned for America’s Got Talent, Season 5.

We just wanted to say “Thank You” publically for all the love and support. We’ll find out sometime in March 2010 if Brandon passed the audition at LA’s Convention Center this past weekend.  Armored Flight family, friends, and fans ROCK!!

Social Media Friends make more of a difference than you could know or imagine!

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