Norm Urmy, suffering from a bad case of work-a-holism, was baited into starting guitar lessons at age 52 to “get a life”!
After becoming modestly competent a few years later, he decided to start a rock ‘n roll band, and Soul Incision was born! Recruiting the band’s members became a divinely controlled process as one member after another mysteriously appeared and agreed to join the group.
Soul Incision is Norm’s only musical experience (not counting Tuba in 5th grade) and has been one of his joys in life. Alas, arthritis in his hands has recently forced him to retire as “lead guitarist”; but, not willing to give up active participation in the band, he’s taken on the role of band manager. Before Soul Incision became the center of his working life, for 25 years, Norm was CEO of the Vanderbilt Hospitals & Clinics and later Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Deb earned her diploma as a registered nurse in 1973 from Kentucky Baptist Hospital
School of Nursing in Louisville, KY. She later pursued various undergraduate interests
including writing, music and business at the University of Louisville and Belmont
University in Nashville.
In the years between completing school and her move to Nashville in 1984 Deb toured with a number of regional bands including groups such as Gold Rush, Relayer and The Dark Horse Band.
A self professed adrenalin junkie, she has jumped from airplanes, worked as a trauma nurse with Emergency Medical Service teams training paramedics at the University of Louisville and Metro Nashville Emergency Medical Services, and has been a flight nurse with Vanderbilt LifeFlight. She goes to sleep at night with the same thought playing in her head, “I LOVE MY LIFE”!
Carol has studied and performed a wide variety of styles including classical, gospel, country, rock, and
jazz. Although her performance opportunities began at age 6, she received her formal training through
private instructors and high school ensembles including band (flute and French horn) and chorus. She
continued her musical studies at the university level while acquiring her Bachelor of Music Education
Carol has enjoyed organizing and instructing in areas of children’s music education for many
years, but her new love is working with students with exceptionalities in a public school setting. She has
just acquired her master’s degree in education in the area of special education. Carol enjoys “rocking
out” with Soul Incision and creating opportunities for others to do the same.
Ed (“the Groove”) Shultz began giggin’ at the age of 12 in Washington, DC and surrounds, then subsequently the Cleveland area over the next decade. He eventually performed in Viet Nam for fellow GIs. He studied classical guitar with world renowned virtuoso Elliot Fisk, and supported himself teaching guitar in the DC area. He currently composes and produces recordings (non-professionally) in his Tennessee based home studio, picked up the bass and moved to the lower octave in his live performances 13 years ago.
His daytime gig leverages his MD degree from Yale, and mathematical modeling MS from the University of Minnesota. He uses this background while acting as the Chief Technology Officer for the Vanderbilt Informatics Center, where he actively creates software for use by physicians and nurses, as well as designing “smarter” systems based on math modeling.
Steve Smartt is a Nashville native who studied at the Blair School of Music and earned undergrad and graduate music degrees from Peabody College. He got his ”real” music education playing rock and roll gigs fro
m the time he was 13. He was a member of several of Nashville’s established rock bands in the ’60s and ’70s, including The Knights, Crystals, Sounds of Time, Exotics and Spidels, Canned Soul, and the Chessmen. More recently, Steve has been a regular member and sideman with Sound Therapy big band, Soul Source, 12th Avenue South Band, Altered Egos jazz sextet, Jim Gibson Band, The Sons of the Beach, Cerrito, the Beaker Street Blues Band, and his own group – “Among Friends” – for weddings and reception events. He also gets a few calls for studio horn tracks and arrangements. Steve’s touring experience includes stints with Delbert McClinton and Percy Sledge.”
Jeff Byrd has performed with a variety of musical groups throughout the years, on various musical instruments including: saxophone, flute, clarinet, bassoon, tuba, banjo, piano, and guitar. Of particular note, Jeff has been a guest performer with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and The Paul Ross Orchestra. He also played with Rory Partin Band, formally known as Bo Thorpe and his Orchestra. In the summer of 1988, he moved from the Cincinnati area to Nashville, TN to perform at the Opryland Theme Park. Later that year, he put his college degree to work as a computer programmer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jeff’s Soul Incision band-mates like to say that Jeff sets the musical standard that has lifted the group to its current fame and fortune.
When he was 13, Robert Early went to the American Legion Hall in Brinkley, Arkansas to hear his best friend’s older brother play in a rock and roll band, “The Ramblers.” That evening, Robert heard the “sirens’ call’”of rock and roll. He began playing in garage bands when he was 14, and in 1969 he joined the Exotics Combo of Nashville which still plays a dozen or so gigs a year. In addition to playing with Soul Incision, Robert has played with the Boulevard Brass Quintet for 25 years. He studied trumpet in high school at the Blair Academy of Music , graduated from Peabody College and the Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is a Presbyterian minister who for the past 28 years has been a senior development officer at Vanderbilt University.
Ralph LaNeve, MD grew up in the heart of Steeler Country in Pittsburgh Pa. Interest in music began in the mid 60s at age 10. Throughout the 70s, he played in several garage bands like Bedlam (appropriately named), Paraphernalia, Joker, Moffat, and The Out of Hand Band.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in chemistry. During the next ten years his musical interests was put on hold. He moved to Philadelphia and earned an MD degree in 1985 from Jefferson Medical College.
In July 2000, he was stationed at Fort Riley Kansas and 5 months later was deployed to Saudi Arabia with the 44th Evac Hospital in support for Desert Storm. After returning from the Middle East, he joined 2 local bands in Manhattan Kansas playing “top country” hits. In 1994 Major LaNeve left the Army Medical Corps and moved to Nashville to begin a career in surgery and also to pursue his musical avocation. Dr. LaNeve joined Vanderbilt in 2004 and became a member of Soul Incision in 2007.
C. W. played with a number of groups in Washington, D. C. and Dayton, Ohio in the 1960’s,
including chance opportunities for recording and great opening gigs, one such gig opening for Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies. There was a long pause after high school and college.
He attended Miami University and the University of Colorado. He worked as an engineer
for IBM and completed an MBA before graduating from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1980.
He is boarded in surgery and in critical care; He completed three fellowships- cardiovascular
physiology, hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and transplantation. In his surgical career, he started
3 liver transplantation programs. In 1993, he was appointed the Director of the Vanderbilt
Transplant Center. Later, he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of Staff,
Chief Medical Officer, and now Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the
Health System at Vanderbilt. He co-founded the Masters in Management in Health Care program
and is a Professor in the Owen Graduate School of Business. He is a professor of Nursing and is
the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the School of Medicine. He has authored more
than 250 publications, given more than 500 scientific presentations and lectures, and serves on a
number of boards and editorial boards.
He was surprised and grateful when Soul Incision formed up in 1998, as an old hobby came back
to life. “I enjoy the music as well as seeing a crowd having fun as much as ever.”
“Bryan Brand grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, earning his undergraduate degree at VCU, and graduate at MCV. He learned to play piano by ear at a young age, and kept it up over the years, mainly for self-amusement. Soul Incision is his first band experience. A hospital administrator by training, his day job is serving as Vice President for Medical Center Business Development, working with forming and operating joint venture companies.”