PHOENIX -- It's a recording studio on wheels, rolling into cities across the nation to help get kids interested in music.
And this week, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolled into the Valley. It's a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 16th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Lennon Bus continues to provide young people with tours of the studios, and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops.
Engineer Kyle Baudour gave Javier Soto and Yetta Gibson a tour of the bus on Monday's Good Morning Arizona. "The front part is kind of the video-editing studio lounge," says Badour. "What makes the studio really cool is that you can break it into three separate studios."
With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day!
"Students come aboard the bus and in eight housrs they'll write and record their own songs, and make a music video from scratch," says Badour. Kids can participate even if they've never played an instrument before.
The Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest.
The Bus travels the country visiting schools, musical and technology conferences and events, and partners with newspapers and other media to host Battles of the Bands with the national winner selected online.
Recording stars including Black Eyed Peas, Fergie and Justin Timberlake have all recorded on the bus.
The Lennon Bus is also able to produce live multicamera video productions streamed to the web in real-time. All projects created on board are available for viewing on lennonbus.org, YouTube, and Facebook.