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November 30, 2017

“Come Together” by University of Miami Biscaydence

Watch University of Miami BisCaydence students sing a live a cappella version of “Come Together” arranged by the incomparable Ben Bram with additional support from Alex Green on the Lennon Bus during The Betsy - South Beach A Cappella Festival. What an original and refreshing take on The Beatles’ classic!

October 31, 2017

“Phenomenal” at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts

Students from The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem, NYC created an original song and music video in one single day on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon USA. Special thanks to NYC Council Member Mark Levine, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor’s Office, Yoko Ono Lennon, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Other World Computing (OWC), Nearpod, Yamaha, Line 6, Digital Media Academy, Audio-Technica, Genelec and Neutrik.

September 24, 2017

FEATURED VIDEO: “Better Than A Broken Heart” ft. Jeff Timmons

Students from Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts came together to create an original song and music video on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon U.S.A., Inc. during the Apple Ed Tech Teacher’s Conference in Las Vegas, NV with special guest mentor Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees.  Special thanks to Apple, Canon, Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Genelec, Yamaha, Line 6, NAMM, Neutrik, and OWC!

October 31, 2016

NEW VIDEO: “We Can Fly” by Bronx Academy of Letters feat. Prince Royce

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Students from Bronx Academy of Letters High School in NYC got the opportunity of a lifetime to collaborate on an original song and music video with alumnus and Latin superstar Prince Royce on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon USA. Special thanks to NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Yoko Ono Lennon, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Other World Computing (OWC), Digital Media Academy, Audio-Technica, Epiphone, Propellerhead, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik and ZVEX Effects.

Watch Video Here!!

July 08, 2016

NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest

At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, SESAC and Other World Computing (OWC).

July 08, 2016

NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest

At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, SESAC and Other World Computing (OWC).

June 09, 2016

NEW VIDEO: “On My Way” - Garland High School

Students from Garland High School had the opportunity to write, record and shoot a full production music video in one single day on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus during our Texas residency thanks to Juniper Networks, Securematics and Canon U.S.A., Inc.

April 01, 2016

PERSPECTIVE: John Lennon Bus, Episode 1x02 “George Clinton”

Austin, TX Round Rock ISD students David Venish, Kara Barfield and Jordan DeStefano created an original short film as part of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus original series PERSPECTIVE. The piece features funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and explores the peaks and valleys within the professional lives of musical artists. The students conceived the project at SXSW and premiered the final edit at Cedar Ridge High School with Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics and Other World Computing. Many thanks to George Clinton, Round Rock ISD and Texas Association of School Administrators.

February 15, 2016

NEW VIDEO: ‘From Studio to Stage’ with Dr. John & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Imagine having the opportunity of a lifetime on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus! New Orleans Grammy winner / Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John invited three lucky students from Berklee City Music, A Place Called Home and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center to join him in tracking his song “Such A Night” on board the Lennon Bus. After an incredible day the students also had the opportunity to perform live with him during the annual Imagine Party in front of a massive crowd at The NAMM Show thanks to Juniper Networks, Securematics, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Neutrik USA, Genelec and Other World Computing (OWC).

November 04, 2014

All we are saying: Lennon Bus wraps up borough tour


October has been quite the month as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus kicked off its New York City residency with stops in all five boroughs. The first visit was to PS171 / CPE II in East Harlem with Yoko Ono Lennon. That set the stage for our stops in Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn, where we visited schools in association with our partners at the NAMM Foundation, Little Kids Rock and Amp Up NYC.

The stop in Staten Island at The College of Staten Island High School for International Studies showed, once again, just how much a school’s success is based on parents getting involved with teachers and the administration to ensure positive results.

In the Bronx we were stationed at Crotona International High School and, in addition to the recording of an original music video project, the entire student body formed a human peace sign. Kudos to Principal Jesseca Long and her team, who have an inspiring digital media program in which students learn real world career skills working with all of the amazing applications found in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Next up…our Queens stop was at W.C. Bryant High School where we were joined by singer/guitarist/U.S. Representative, Joseph Crowley, who spent time playing on the day’s track and sharing his love for, and memory of, the Beatles and John. Also on hand was recording artist duo, Nina Sky of “Move Ya Body” fame, who spent the entire day mentoring the budding songwriters and musicians. I took a great tour of the school with the principal, Namita Dwarka, who was a graduate of W.C. Bryant herself; she gave me an overview of the school’s illustrious history, including the fact that legendary actress/singer Ethel Merman was a student there way, way back in the day.

Finally on October 9th, for what would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday, we parked at the Williamsburg Northside School and created another peace sign, but this time with tiny tots who got the chance to jam out on Yamaha keyboards and drums and Gibson guitars. New York State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol helped coordinate the stop and I learned about his initiative, with the chief executive of Downtown Music Publishing, Justin Kalifowitz, and studio owner, William Harvey, to provide tax credits to help keep the music business in New York City. You wouldn’t think that was really needed but if everyone just assumes we’re the center of the biz, don’t be surprised when L.A., Austin or N.J. starts making it worth everyone’s while to pick up and move. It’s happening already.

Bringing the Lennon Bus to the city has always been a challenge. Despite our status as a non-profit, 501(c)(3), the red tape, permits, and rules related to bringing an oversized vehicle here has only gotten worse since our launch in 1998, when we parked in front of Webster Hall for the “Imagine Party.” The success of that event led to the opportunity for millions of students across the U.S. to experience the studios and produce original music and videos on-board our state-of-the-art facilities.

Looking ahead to 2015 and the 75th birthday celebration, I’d like to dig in even deeper and spend more time supporting the students from the city that John called home. With help from our growing list of friends, parents, artists and public servants including NYC Council member Daniel Dromm, Congressman Crowley and Assemblyman Lentol, we’ve got a shot to make it work. Perhaps we should try and stage the world’s largest peace sign and show our kids that we actually think that’s possible. Imagine that.

Posts By The Lennon Bus

  • “Come Together” by University of Miami Biscaydence Watch University of Miami BisCaydence students sing a live a cappella version of “Come Together” arranged by the incomparable Ben Bram with additional support from Alex Green on the Lennon Bus during The Betsy - South Beach A Cappella Festival. What an original and refreshing take on The Beatles’ classic! …
  • “Phenomenal” at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts Students from The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem, NYC created an original song and music video in one single day on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon USA. Special thanks to NYC Council Member Mark Levine, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor’s …
  • FEATURED VIDEO: “Better Than A Broken Heart” ft. Jeff Timmons Students from Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts came together to create an original song and music video on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon U.S.A., Inc. during the Apple Ed Tech Teacher’s Conference in Las Vegas, NV with special guest mentor Jeff Timmons from 98 …
  • NEW VIDEO: “We Can Fly” by Bronx Academy of Letters feat. Prince Royce Students from Bronx Academy of Letters High School in NYC got the opportunity of a lifetime to collaborate on an original song and music video with alumnus and Latin superstar Prince Royce on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Canon USA. Special thanks to NYC Council Speaker Melissa …
  • NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, …
  • NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, …
  • NEW VIDEO: “On My Way” - Garland High School Students from Garland High School had the opportunity to write, record and shoot a full production music video in one single day on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus during our Texas residency thanks to Juniper Networks, Securematics and Canon U.S.A., Inc. read more
  • PERSPECTIVE: John Lennon Bus, Episode 1x02 “George Clinton” Austin, TX Round Rock ISD students David Venish, Kara Barfield and Jordan DeStefano created an original short film as part of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus original series PERSPECTIVE. The piece features funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and explores the peaks and valleys within the professional lives …
  • NEW VIDEO: ‘From Studio to Stage’ with Dr. John & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Imagine having the opportunity of a lifetime on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus! New Orleans Grammy winner / Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John invited three lucky students from Berklee City Music, A Place Called Home and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center to join him …
  • All we are saying: Lennon Bus wraps up borough tour October has been quite the month as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus kicked off its New York City residency with stops in all five boroughs. The first visit was to PS171 / CPE II in East Harlem with Yoko Ono Lennon. That set the stage for our stops in …