[photo by Sidney Smith] Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has been gaining the momentum he deserves since before even entering middle school. The guitar prodigy was initially recognized by the Internet for his Allman Brothers Band covers when he was only eight years old. When he was nine, he attended a music camp called Roots Rock Revival with founding member and drummer Butch Trucks and then-current bassist Oteil Burbridge. It was there that he impressed the right group of people with his performances of songs like “Stormy Monday” and “Southbound.” Just a few months later, he was invited to sit in with The Revivalists at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and wowed the audience with a blistering version of “Whipping Post.” In that same year, he performed for Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show, playing a few popular snippets including the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica.”When founding member, lyricist, vocalist, and organist Gregg Allman caught site of these videos, he invited the ten-year-old to join him and his band in early 2014 at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida. The plans were initially for Brandon to sit in for “Hot Lanta,” but after a successful soundcheck, Gregg Allman invited Taz to return for a “Whipping Post” encore. See why in the video below:The day after this performance, Brandon Niederauer embarked on his first and only appearance to date on Jam Cruise to perform alongside a boat full of even more of his idols. It was on Jam Cruise that he met Col. Bruce Hampton, a friend and collaborator of the Allman Brothers Band since the very beginning, earning his guidance and mentorship. Niederauer’s success story ever since has been a direct result of these experiences.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonWhile performing a lead role as guitarist “Zack” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock The Musical for the last two years, Brandon Niederauer’s name has circulated the jam scene for many more reasons than that. His fate became clear earlier this month when he performed the final solo of “Turn On Your Lovelight” at Hampton 70, while Bruce majestically laid beside him. In what was initially interpreted as a Zambi prank, time made it clear that the “Grandaddy of Jam” had passed the torch to Brandon on that very stage.Brandon’s relationship with the Allman Brothers Band goes far beyond their music. Now engrained as an official part of the band’s history, the fourteen-year-old is utilizing the last several years of mentorship to the best of his ability. See below for some of the posts he’s written since the passing of Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Butch Trucks.
Versailles, In. — William “Paul” Waller, 27, a recent graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy has been assigned to the Versailles Post of the Indiana State police.Waller completed more than 900 hours of intensive training during the 24-week academy to prepare the appointment. The training included emergency vehicle operations, accident investigations, firearms, defensive tactics, criminal and traffic law.Following a three month field training program Waller will begin solo patrols.Waller is a 2008 graduate of South Ripley High School and 2010 graduate of Vincennes University with a degree in criminal justice. Beofe being accepted into the academy Waller worked for Rumpke and the Ripley County Highway Department. He resides in Ripley County with his wife and two children.
He added: “Financial stability is our immediate focus and our aim is to become a self-sustainable business within a number of years. “We are now looking at developing a longer-term business strategy with the ultimate aim of ensuring we achieve that goal.” Richardson sees a new ground – either owned outright by Wasps or co-owned with another party – as central to a successful financial future for the club. “We feel it is vital that we own or co-own our own ground,” Richardson said. “We are not interested in a ground-share, which is prohibitive in terms of helping us to become self-sustainable. “We are currently looking at sites and co-ownership options. Ideally we believe that west London is a natural future home for London Wasps but we are exploring lots of options at a very initial stage at the moment.” Richardson confirmed ambitions to invest in new training and administrative facilities for the club. “This is another project that is already under way and should be something we can advance quickly over the next year or so,” he said. Richardson, whose business background is in insurance, vowed to bring financial stability back to a club that came close to administration last year. Wasps was saved by a consortium led by former player Ken Moss when they avoided relegation last summer, but that was only ever intended to be a short-term solution. The club was losing £2million a season before the Moss consortium stepped in and was saddled with a £1.5million secured debt. Richardson said: “The club has been through some tough times but I am confident that, with the right management and commercial focus, new investment can really reinvigorate everything about London Wasps.” Irish businessman Derek Richardson has become the new principal shareholder of Wasps and revealed long-term plans to move the club back to west London. Press Association