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Presented by Juniper Networks the month-long tour is dedicated to peace, love and creativity with workshops, live events and human peace signs in celebration of John Lennon’s birthday

NEW YORK, N.Y. (SEPTEMBER 15, 2017) – Yoko Ono Lennon has announced the return to NYC of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (LennonBus.org), the premiere, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile music and video production studio, for a month-long tour from September 15 – October 14.

Entitled Come Together: NYC, this year’s residency, the fourth annual, takes the state-of-the-art Lennon Bus studios to schools and public events across the city where students, visitors and guest mentors will create original music, videos, poetry, photos, and art. Throughout the month, the Lennon Bus will also be working with schools using a new curriculum entitled Come Together, powered by Nearpod which is designed to get students engaged in discussions and creative activities around peace.

“John would be very proud to know that this project encourages young people everywhere to embrace their creativity, and share their ideas for peace. I am so happy to be celebrating the Bus’ 20th year.” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

The NYC initiative has been produced in association with Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Nearpod, the NYC Council, the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the NY State Assembly, Securematics, Other World Computing (OWC), and the Meadows Music & Arts Festival.

Launching on September 15th from the steps of New York City Hall, the Lennon Bus’ NYC residency kicks off with announcements about the many school stops and events planned with the support of Congressman Joe Crowley, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the NYC Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, and City Council Members Daniel Dromm, Corey Johnson, Karen Koslowitz, Paul Vallone, Rory Lancman, Elizabeth Crowley, Mark Levine, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Stephen Levin, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Barry Grodenchik as well as 2017 Lennon Bus Ambassador funk legend and music education advocate Bootsy Collins and Uni (Kemp Muhl, Nicola Wincenc aka Nico Fuzz,  David Hurwitz aka David Strange) whose debut single will be coming out on Sean Ono Lennon’s Chimera Music record label on November 10.

“We are excited to welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus back to New York. Their work inspires learning and reminds us of the important role music plays in the education of our students. John Lennon was embraced as a true New Yorker and this initiative is a great way to ensure his extraordinary legacy lives on today,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In celebration of John Lennon’s 77th birthday, during its residency the Lennon Bus will host a “Come Together” family block party in Jackson Heights with celebrity guests, live musical performances, DJ and production workshops for kids, tours of the Lennon Bus and the Canon U.S.A. photo booth.

“At Nearpod, we create interactive and inventive curriculum that prepares kids for the unique world they’re entering,” explained Guido Kovalskys, CEO of Nearpod. “It’s an honor to collaborate with the Lennon Bus and make the Come Together lessons, which will inspire students’ creativity and help kids reflect on what peace and tolerance means for them.”

Students onboard the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies, Canon cameras and lenses, and career paths, and hear first-hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar networked facility that travels 10 months a year throughout the U.S. Participants will spend a full day developing an original project, creating the music, video, and images needed to take their ideas from concept to delivery.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon U.S.A. Inc. 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 20th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon 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. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Canon U.S.A., Inc., Apple Inc., Juniper Networks, Other World Computing, Nearpod, Yamaha, Neutrik, The NAMM Foundation, Securematics, Digital Media Academy, Audio-Technica, Genelec, Line 6, Focusrite, Sonnet Technologies, Avid, SSL, NewTek, TodoCast, IP Access, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, JDI, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Mackie, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, and LiveU.

Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and efficient way to leverage technology in the classroom.

Nearpod was co-founded in 2012 by Felipe Sommer, Emiliano Abramzon and Guido Kovalskys, and its team spans talent from Mckinsey & Co, Red Hat, Accenture, Pixar, Netscape as well as former teachers. It is backed by notable investors like Insight Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Storm Ventures, the Knight Enterprise Fund, Krillion Ventures, Stanford-StartX Fund, Marc Benioff and GSV Acceleration.

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

- 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.