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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus ("Lennon Bus") was founded in 1998 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to reaching youth through music and video, a testament to John Lennon's zeal for expression through music. While corporately based in New York City, the mission of the organization is carried out through an incredible traveling bus, a state-of-the-art audio and video recording studio on wheels.

The Bus travels from coast to coast, making stops at K-12 schools, universities, Boys and Girls Clubs, concerts, trade shows, music festivals and more. At most stops the staff conducts free tours while providing an opportunity for a group of youths to record an original song and video. Each stop typically culminates in a community celebration and screening of the music and video just produced on the Bus.[1] At some of its school visits, the Bus organizes a Battle of the Bands where students can engage in a friendly competition and the winning band may receive prizes. The Bus has also co-produced a course with the Digital Media Academy that is offered at several universities each summer, called "Come Together: Music and Video Production." [2] Requests for the Bus to stop at schools and communities across the U.S. are accepted at any time, but the high volume of requests that the staff receives results in the unfortunate reality that not all requests can be accommodated. Nevertheless, the Bus and its staff strive to reach as many people as possible in order to further music education.

The Bus' interior is divided into three separate studio environments that can be opened to create one large studio. The front studio is a cutting-edge audio and video production room. The rear studio offers pro-level recording and mixing at the highest possible resolution, as well as an iso booth for acoustic recordings, and a Chromatte (green screen) booth. Featuring Avid audio and video solutions, the studios are powered by Apple computers. Gibson and Epiphone guitars are provided along with M-Audio keyboards, and Roland V-Drums. The latest Sony HD professional cameras are available as well. At special events, the Lennon Stage is built outside the Bus for band and songwriter performances.

The Lennon Bus is very connected to the professional recording industry. Well-known recording artists, including will.i.am, Natasha Bedingfield and Justin Timberlake have recorded on the Bus and participated in outreach programs.[3] In addition to isolated recording sessions, the Bus has accompanied headlining artists, such as The Black Eyed Peas, on their concert tours, allowing these artists to continue working on their records while they are on the road.

The Bus is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including NewTek, Apple, Avid, Mont Blanc, NAMM, SAE Institute, Gibson, Epiphone, Sony, Audio-Technica, Neutrik, Reflecmedia, Roland, Mackie, We Print Discs, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, Music Player Network, Musician’s Friend, Harris Corporation, Apogee, Litepanels, Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Noise Industries and an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

In 2006, Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, featured the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Edutopia.org. Edutopia's video, "Making the Dreams of Young Musical Artists a Reality",[4] and article, "Rock and Roll into Town: Students Make Tracks in a Recording Studio on Wheels",[5] follow the bus' progress and interviews executive director, Brian Rothschild. The article and video also showcase student musical progress from the bus' instrumental and digital resources.

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