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BLUE MAN GROUP'S YOUNGEST PERFORMER, 17, ROCKS MORE THAN LAKEVIEW'S STAGES

Glance up next time you're at a Blue Man Group show.

The drummer in neon yellow banging out during the high-energy performance might just be Luke Sangerman — a 17-year-old high school student who's the youngest performer to ever be in a Blue Man production.

In fact, Luke started when he was just 16, beating out more than 150 professional drummers at an open audition last year.

"I wasn’t expecting really anything," he said. "When I got the job, it was kind of a miracle."

But Luke's age doesn't mean he's not a seasoned performer.

The Chicago Academy for the Arts rising senior started making noise at 9 months old, breaking his mom's wooden spoons on old pots and pans, mother Jae Sangerman said. At 6, Luke started taking lessons from a man he and his father met on weekly trips to play drums at Guitar Center.

Soon after, he started playing Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin music with other young musicians at School of Rock, a performance-based music school, including touring the country and playing Lollapalooza.

"I was always just so overwhelmed by the idea of the drums," he said. "When you're a kid, the whole idea of banging on something and making a lot of noise is really — it’s like a sense of freedom."

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