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The John Lennon Education Tour Bus

Next Destination: The 2018 NAMM Show

Anaheim, CA

 

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YOKO ONO LENNON, WILL.I.AM, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD and PAT MONAHAN UNVEIL THE NEW LENNON BUS AT CES

YOKO ONO LENNON, THE BLACK EYED PEAS’ WILL.I.AM, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD and PAT MONAHAN OF TRAIN UNVEIL THE NEW LENNON BUS AT CES

YOKO ONO LENNON, THE BLACK EYED PEAS’ WILL.I.AM, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD and PAT MONAHAN OF TRAIN
UNVEIL THE ALL NEW JOHN LENNON EDUCATIONAL TOUR BUS AT CES

(New York)—2008 marks the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the beginning of the second decade of the non-profit venture, which provides students with free hands-on opportunities to make music, produce video projects, and shoot digital photos in the mobile recording studios. The program is made possible by corporate sponsors including Maxell Corporation of America, whose contributions enable the new Lennon Bus studios to feature the latest in Pro Audio and HD Video products and solutions.

Joining Yoko Ono for the official unveiling, will be other celebrities who support the work of the Bus including The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, and Sony recording artists Natasha Bedingfield and Pat Monahan of Train.  The launch event takes place at the Consumer Electronics Show, and the Bus will also be debuted at Macworld and the Winter NAMM Show.

The Lennon Bus program will continue the tradition of providing free tours and workshops in which young people create an original composition, record their song and produce a broadcast quality music video using equipment from Apple, Sony, Godin Guitars, Digidesign, Roland, Edirol, Boss, Aphex Systems, Mackie, Ampeg, Crate, Audio-Technica, and more – all in one day!

The Lennon Bus also has an illustrious history as a hit maker, with chart topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie recorded on board. The new facility boasts two studio environments which are each powered by a high-end Apple Mac Pro loaded with Ableton Live, Logic Studio, Final Cut Studio and Sibelius music notation software, supplemented by an Apple XServe and XRAID system which facilitates high-bandwidth HD multimedia production and storage.

Plans for the second mobile recording and multimedia studio have been germinating since the first Lennon Bus hit the road a decade ago. Executive Director Brian Rothschild, and music manager David Sonenberg created the outreach project with the focus originally on providing programs in songwriting and audio production.  Over the years, the program expanded to include video production, and the new Bus goes even further with the addition of Sony HD
video solutions, Mackie 5.1 surround sound monitor systems and Apogee’s high-definition digital audio converters. Also new for ’08 is an on-board Chromatte booth from Reflecmedia, as well as Bogen Imaging’s full line of grip equipment, tripods, filters, and accessories.

The new bus, a Prevost XL Entertainer II, was constructed under the watchful eye of Todd Lay at Atlanta Custom Coach, while Tay Hoyle and her company, Taytrix Productions, are responsible for the interior design, racks and studio furniture, as well as the construction of all system wiring with connectors provided by Neutrik USA. Chief Engineer Jeff Sobel initiated the conceptualization and design, drawing on his 7 years of experience with the Bus to create a floor plan and system design ideally suited to the unique mission while meeting the challenge of fitting 2 recording and video production studios, a green screen room, iso booth, presentation/demo room, and living quarters for 3 staffers into a moving vehicle. Jeff’s design was painstakingly implemented by the Taytrix team, resulting in a vehicle like no other.

The 2008 tour will include stops at high schools, colleges and university campuses, retailers, and with headlining artists, around the U.S. and Canada.  The tour schedule and interactive map can be found at http://www.lennonbus.org,  where visitors can also see all of the music, video and photography projects created on board.

Plans are underway to expand the project worldwide beginning in Western Europe and then Japan.

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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 11th 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 Maxell Corporation, Apple, NAMM, Roland, Godin Guitars, Edirol by Roland, Sibelius, Audio-Technica, Sonicbids, Digidesign, Aphex Systems, Sony, Musician’s Friend, Neutrik, Glyph Technologies, Ampeg, Ableton, Mackie, Crate, Apogee, Disc Makers, Antares, Bogen Imaging, IK Multimedia, McDSP, SKB, Ultimate Support,  PureVolume.com, Planet Waves, Spectrasonics, Music Player Network, Native Instruments, and Boss . 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.