A rock band made up of high school students primarily from New Albany could get its big break through a local music competition.

A rock band made up of high school students primarily from New Albany could get its big break through a local music competition.

The group, known as The Ageless, will compete in the Gahanna Teen Fest on Aug. 8. The winning band will receive recording time in a studio and an opportunity to have its music played on local radio station CD101.

The band includes New Albany residents Derek Rasmussen (drums), Brody Howell (lead singer, guitar), Alex Willard (lead guitar, violin) and Seth Anderson (bass guitar) and Big Walnut junior Jen Porter (keyboards, singer).

"This is a great opportunity to play for a large crowd and expose a lot of people to our unique sound," Rasmussen said.

"The Ageless sound is eclectic, mixing crashing guitars, bass rhythms, violin, mandolin and drums with influences ranging from The Animals to Jimi Hendrix to Korpiklanni, a Finnish folk metal band," Dennis Willard, Alex Willard's father, said in a press release.

The band's name came about rather randomly, Howell said.

"We were bored and started 'Googling' random words and that just kind of came up," he said.

Anderson said group members think alike when writing songs, and that rapport is part of what he relishes.

Howell said he loves performing.

"I just love the feeling of being on stage, it makes me feel like I'm doing something important, even if it's just for a half hour or however long we get," he said.

The Ageless, which came together earlier this year, debuted in May at Lunch on the Lawn during Peace Week at New Albany High School, Dennis Willard said.

"On the last day of school, more than 200 fans turned out for a free concert billed as Derekpalooza in New Albany to hear the band. Since then, The Age-less has performed original songs and covers at the Scarlet and Gray Café on the OSU campus," Dennis Willard said. The band has a return engagement at the Scarlet and Gray Café on July 31, he said.

No matter what happens with the contest, the band plans to get into a recording studio as soon as possible.

Howell said he hopes The Ageless will become a lifelong career.

"I've always loved music and music's always been my passion. I'm just glad I found a group that can share that passion with me," he said.

Alex Willard also hopes The Ageless has staying power.

"If possible, that would be fantastic," he said.

calexis@thisweeknews.com