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Denver & The Mile High Orchestra Get Help From Aviom

Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System helps big band play their best (November 04, 2004)

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra

Fresh off their successful performance at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (DMHO), a thirteen-piece contemporary Christian big band, have noticed a tremendous difference in their recent performances thanks to Aviom.

"The Aviom Monitoring System has revolutionized our band, says Kenn Hughes, Musical Director for DMHO. ?The dynamics of our band have greatly increased because we can play soft passages and still hear one another, as well as play more musically and better in tune. We can really let ourselves get lost in the performance, as we no longer have to worry about sound problems. Aviom has delivered a monitoring system that helps us play our very best!"

Formed by Denver Bierman and a group of friends at Nashvilles Belmont University in 1999, DMHO takes the classic sound of the 1940s and blends it with drum loops, electric guitars and the modern sounds of jazz, pop, R&B and funk. In an age when new bands come and go with the wind, DMHO draws three generations of fans to their performances.

The exceptional band, who also performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, currently performs more than 100 dates a year at some of the nations largest Christian music festivals, churches and conferences such as Creation East, PulseFest, Alive, Kingdom Bound, Inside Out Soul Fest, LifeFest and Bill Gaithers Praise Gathering. In addition to these performances, DMHO will be performing their countrywide, third annual Big Band Christmas Tour, which begins Thanksgiving night and ends a few days before Christmas.

Prior to turning to the Aviom Monitoring System, DMHO utilized wedges, which lead to longer sound checks and undesirable sound levels. They were in desperate need of a better monitoring solution. During Summer NAMM two years ago, Jared Ribble, drummer for DMHO, approached Aviom and was blown away by the Personal Monitor Mixing System.

?The Aviom gear far surpassed any other type of in-ear monitoring system, says Ribble. ?This system allows each musician to create their own mix and then recall the mixes for each show, which is definitely one of the most useful features.

Without having practiced with the new equipment, a few of the DMHO players began using the Aviom gear during the first show of their Christmas Tour last year. Ribble continues, ?All I remember is we set up the A-16s, plugged them in, and the next thing I heard was the piano player saying, ?Oh my gosh, oh wow, this is amazing. Within the next few months, the entire band was using the Aviom gear for all performances.

?After we started using the Aviom gear we noticed a big change in our playing, says Ribble. ?Our stage level dropped at least 10dB because we could hear ourselves?our sound tightened up and we became better players. We are able to hear our mistakes and can fix them. The Aviom gear has also given us a level of consistency when we play in different venues. Those were the big challenges in our monitoring world that this product has really helped.

About Aviom
Aviom is the world's leading creator of A-Net compatible Distributed Audio Network products, which provide innovative solutions to problems found in audio systems in a variety of environments. Some of these include live sound reinforcement, audio recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcast facilities, post-production and commercial installations. The company's goal is to create revolutionary, technology-based products that address real-world needs and do it at breakthrough prices. Avioms entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

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