Lennon Bus gives kids a Magical Mystery Tour
Vehicle comes to Brooklyn on rock idol’s 74th birthday
The late John Lennon, the legendary Beatle, would have turned 74 years old on Oct. 9. In keeping with the spirit of her late husband’s artistry, Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, is bringing the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to a Williamsburg school on Thursday.
The educational bus, also known as the Lennon Bus, is an audio, video and broadcast studio on wheels that provides students with a hands-on experience. The bus is making a stop at Williamsburg Northside Schools.
Students who board the Lennon Bus get an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies, and get the chance to hear first-hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar facility. Participants will tour the bus, be exposed to the equipment and best of all, they will have the ability to create their own music.
“Our students and our faculty alike are excited to learn more about the extraordinary life and works of John Lennon, and to experience the creative process firsthand,” said Dr. Gina Farrar, the head of schools at Williamsburg Northside Schools.
The Lennon Bus, which was first introduced in 1988, travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe was launched in Liverpool in May of 2013.
The Lennon Bus is made possible by support of Ono Lennon, who attended the launch of the mobile studio’s New York City residency in September. The bus’ tour of New York is presented in association with the NAMM Foundation and the Amp Up NYC initiative, which is a partnership between The New York City Department of Education, the non-profit group, and the Berklee College of Music.
“This all began as an idea to give back and honor the great John Lennon by inspiring future generations of innovators,” said Brian Rothschild, founder and executive director of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “Our goal is to embody John Lennon’s passion and devotion to creativity by providing students across the country with opportunities to explore their musical expression and artistic freedom.”
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) said he’s pleased the bus is coming to the community. “The Lennon bus has traveled all over the United States helping to nurture a love for music in children everywhere, but Williamsburg and New York State are special. From start-ups to well established businesses, we see talented entrepreneurs and artists redefining the landscape of the music industry in our own backyard,” he said.
For additional information about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, visit www.lennonbus.org.
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