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The Lennon Bus and the U.S. Department of Education Team Up For “Education Drives America”

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The Lennon Bus and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Join Forces For Select Dates On Cross-Country Back-To-School Bus Tour

New York, NY- August 30, 2012 – The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their third annual “Education Drives America” back-to-school bus tour. The Lennon Bus will be in the Silicon Valley September 7th-September 12th for a series of educational events focused on various topics, including technology and innovation in education. Students at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA will produce their very own original music video to be premiered at the end of the five-day tour. Printz Board, songwriter, producer, musical director, and musician for the Black Eyed Peas will also be joining the Lennon Bus team at Sequoia High School on September 7, 2012 to assist in the production of the original music video project.

On September 11th, the Lennon Bus will be pulling onto the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, CA for the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Action, Development) Symposium, where students from Sequoia High School along with Lennon Bus engineers will be interviewing attendees of the LEAD symposium and incorporating their sound bytes into the finished video project.

On September 12th, in association with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the SupportMusic Coalition, the Lennon Bus will head to the Sequoia High School Auditorium. The special event will be livestreamed at lennonbus.org/live starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT. A pre-show event co-hosted by NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, will feature interviews with arts education advocates, music educators and school administrators to review back-to-school topics including the importance of the arts in the core curriculum. The main event begins at 9 a.m. featuring Secretary Duncan, Salman Khan, Andrew Ng, along with other notables in education, government, entertainment and business. The program will also include the premiere of the students’ original project and feature remarks from Sequoia High School students, Principal Bonnie Hansen, and special guests.

This is the third annual back-to-school bus tour for Secretary Duncan and the Department of Education. “This bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what’s working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students,” said Duncan. In 2010, the back-to-school bus tour included stops in the Delta region in the South and the Northeast. This year’s tour will see Secretary Duncan making stops in over 10 states ranging from California to Virginia.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
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 15th 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 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, Avid, Montblanc, NAMM, Gibson, Epiphone, Neutrik, Sony, Audio-Technica, Newtek, Todocast, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Musician’s Friend, Reflecmedia, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Genelec, Ampeg, Roland, Boss, Mackie, Digital Media Academy, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, New Bay Media, 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.

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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.