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Lennon Bus and Avid Team Up with The Bootsy Collins Foundation


Bus To Make Stops in Houston, Dallas, and Austin June 16th, 17th and June 19th

State-of-the-art mobile recording studio & HD production facility brings mission to keep music and arts education alive to Texas!

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is excited to announce a series of dates in the great state of Texas this week!  Beginning June 16th, the Lennon Bus, a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording studio and HD video production facility will be on tour with funk legend Bootsy Collins and the Bootsy Collins Foundation.  While parked at each venue, the Lennon Bus will provide local students with the chance to come aboard and create an original music video with assistance from members of the band.  Events start in Houston on June 16th at Warehouse Live and continue on June 17th in Dallas at Palladium Ballroom and June 19th in Austin at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater.

Bootsy Collins is a dream collaborator for The Lennon Bus. In 2010, Collins started the Bootsy Collins Foundation, a charity that aims to promote learning by offering chances to experience life through music programs and career opportunities. Collins believes that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives, a value The Lennon Bus holds dear. With a mission statement that promises to “Say It Loud An Instrument For Every Child,” the foundation focuses on providing a means of reaching youth, teens and adults through fun, constructive musical and educational activities - instilling the confidence and character necessary for them to grow into productive members of society and become responsible adults.  Collins has even started his educational program called Funk U. For more information go to http://www.thefunkuniversity.com.

Collins rose to fame with James Brown in the late 60s as a bassist and singer/songwriter. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. During that time, Collins’ driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk, and one of the main reasons for his inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

For a full schedule of events check: http://www.lennonbus.org/schedule

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 14th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional 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, major industry conferences, and on tours with headlining artists.

The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Avid, Mont Blanc, NAMM, SAE Institute, Gibson, Epiphone, Neutrik, Sony, Audio-Technica, Sonicbids, Musician’s Friend, Music Player Network, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Reflecmedia, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Ampeg, Roland, Boss, Mackie, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Apogee, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, Harris Corporation,  Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Adobe, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Noise Industries, and Mad Mimi.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts to music and movies made at home. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer, Pro Tools, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Oxygen 8, Sibelius, System 5, and Pinnacle Studio™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, del.icio.us, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook; or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.

Avid, the Avid Logo, Pro Tools, Sibelius, Media Composer, Interplay, ISIS and Pinnacle Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

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“This is precisely the kind of project John Lennon would have loved.”

- Yoko Ono Lennon

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Video aboard the Bus

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.