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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visits Ohio State

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a two-day stop at Ohio State's Columbus campus on April 22 and 23 and will be parked next to the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Lennon Bus travels the country staffed with recording and multimedia engineers who demonstrate cutting-edge technologies and techniques for music and multimedia production.

On Wednesday (4/22), Lennon staff and Ohio State volunteers will coach students from the university-area Gidget program, an initiative to engage girls and young women in science and technology. In a single day, the students will write music and lyrics for an original song, record and mix it, and produce a music video.

On Thursday (4/23) the bus is open for walk-through tours from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Wexner Center's outdoor plaza. At 4:30 p.m. the Gidget student video will premiere in the Wexner Center's Performance Space as part of a program about engaging students with technology. Admission to Wexner Center exhibitions is free on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

"I had a chance to tour the Lennon Bus a year ago and saw this as an exciting opportunity to bring new media to the Ohio State community," said Victoria Getis, director of Ohio State's Digital Union, a campus-based multimedia center dedicated to exploring new and emerging technologies. "I think the students, faculty, and staff who visit will be amazed by the range of technology aboard the Bus."

Since 1998, the Lennon Bus has been coordinating with local partners to provide free programs about songwriting and multimedia production to students from middle school to college. Ohio State's Women in Technology group, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Digital Union partnered with the University Area Enrichment Association (UAEA) to bring the Bus to the campus area and make its visit a community event.

"With the Lennon Bus, the Gidget program has again found a way for young women in the Weinland Park neighborhood to engage with technology and view themselves as leaders and creators," said UAEA's Catherine Girves. "We are delighted to sponsor this event for the university and the community."

For additional information about this event, contact Liv Gjestvang or Catherine Girves, or visit digitalunion.osu.edu/lennonbus

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 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 12th 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 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, Sony, Godin Guitars, Edirol by Roland, Ableton, Sibelius, Mackie, Crate, Ampeg, Audio-Technica, Apogee, Sonicbids, Digidesign, Aphex Systems, Musician's Friend, Neutrik, Glyph Technologies, Noise Industries, Disc Makers, Smart Technologies, Bogen Imaging, IK Multimedia, McDSP, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Boss, Abaltat, OurStage, Gretsch Drums and Boss. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.


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