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Chart-Breaking Act, Epiphone Guitars and One-of-a-Kind Non-Profit Multimedia Studio on Wheels Inspire a New Generation

February 22, 2010 – New York, NY— The Black Eyed Peas are helping to keep John Lennon’s legacy alive by inspiring a new generation of musicians. The supergroup announced that the non-profit mobile recording and multimedia studio will be the official recording studio of the Peas’ upcoming E.N.D. tour. The state-of-the-art facility, on which Fergie recorded “Fergalicious” and several other cuts from her solo CD, will also serve as the recording studio for upcoming student projects in cities along the Peas’ tour.

From February 22nd until April 10th, the Bus will host VIPs and contest winners for tours of the unique studio environment, and will provide Apple Education students from 5 markets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write and record an original song and make a music video.  Lennon Bus on-board engineers will work with the students to come up with the ideas, words, and images and will help produce the finished project. The students will then be granted access to see the Grammy-Award winners perform.

The Bus is also running a special promotion with Musician’s Friend, sponsored by GHS Strings and Epiphone Guitars. Two lucky winners will be flown to the Peas’ Tacoma, Washington date on April 10th, will get access to the Bus, have a special meet and greet with the Peas and see the show.
“I think it’s great that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus goes around America on tours like ours.” says will.i.am. “Especially now in America, when a lot of money has been taken away from music in schools. The Bus teaches music, lets kids learn and helps fill the void of the lack of funds that are allocated for music and arts.”

Adds Fergie, “I wouldn’t have been able to release “The Dutchess” without this Bus coming with us on tour, and going before shows, after shows, doing vocals here and there. It’s such a great chance for people who may not have lived in LA or NY or Atlanta, to have a chance to show their skills.  It’s an amazing tool.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus supports innovative programs for young people including giving them much needed access to music and the digital arts, one of the few growing fields in today’s economy. The Bus goes to schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and campuses across the country working with students to create music/video/multimedia projects.  Now in its 13th year, the facility features the latest technology, including Apple Computers, Avid audio and video solutions, Roland V-Drums and Keyboards, and the latest HD Video products from Sony.  In addition to student workshops, the Bus also gives tours and introduces visitors to the studios, explaining and demonstrating music and video production, introducing an array of possible opportunities within the music and multimedia industries.

The Bus reaches over 250,000 students a year through its tours and workshops. For more information on the Bus please visit http://www.lennonbus.org.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (http://www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 12th year of touring, the venture is proud of its brand new bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Maxell Corporation, NAMM, The Beatles: Rock Band, Gibson, Epiphone, Sony, Avid, Roland, Mackie, GHS Strings, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Edirol by Roland, Blackheart Amps, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Audio-Technica, Glyph Technologies, Neutrik, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Musician’s Friend, Harris Corporation, Ableton, Apogee, Litepanels, Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Bogen Imaging, and Noise Industries. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

For More Information:
Laura Johnson
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
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(760) 450-7749

Something like this should be parked outside of every school in America.

- Vernon Reid, Living Colour

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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.