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John Lennon Bus Rolls Into Summer With New Yamaha Gear

—Rolling Recording Studio Visiting Schools, Concerts, Rock Hall of Fame— (July 20, 2001)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is sporting a new look for 2001, and its updated complement of Yamaha instruments and pro audio equipment will make visits to the bus by children across the US more exciting than ever. On May 10, three talented members of the Boys and Girls Clubs joined Yoko Ono live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to perform their original song, Why, in which they had the opportunity to record on the bus and leave with their very own CD demo. 

The bus is spending time this summer touring with 98 Degrees, sharing the road with the Warped Tour and stopping by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as visiting select high schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. At each stop, it will welcome undiscovered artists who can record their work on board and enter the annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which offers prizes and professional recording opportunities to the winners.

From the beginning, Yamaha has been instrumental in making the bus a reality,” says JLSC executive director, Brian Rothschild. “I couldn't have done it without them. Their ongoing contributions and technical assistance really demonstrate their understanding of the importance of music education.”

By bringing its comprehensive educational program to high schools, colleges, musical festivals, concerts and conventions, the John Lennon Tour Bus is committed to educating audiences about the art of songwriting and to encourage students to learn how to compose and write songs using traditional musical instruments as well as current technological advances. In its travels, the bus has provided free hands-on educational labs at more than 100 high schools.

Since 1997, the bus and the contest have shown thousands of people that making music isn’t a distant dream, but something everyone can enjoy,” says
Rick Young, general manager, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “It means a lot to us that Yamaha equipment has helped make that impact possible.”

The bus is a mobile recording studio outfitted with the latest musical instruments and equipment. Yamaha is the largest provider of equipment to the bus. Its all-new setup for 2001 includes 32 digital track recording, two computers, multiple CD burners, and film scoring and video editing capabilities. The interior is divided into two separate areas: the front studio, designed for the creation of multimedia projects, is centered around a Yamaha AW4416 digital audio workstation, an A4000 professional sampler, CS6R 61-note mid-range synthesizer, MU100 tone generator, a VL70-M virtual acoustic tone generator, an O1V digital mixer, a PM3200 amplifier, and MSP10s monitors and an SW10 subwoofer. Soon to be delivered is the new Motif synthesizer and RS7000 music production studio.

The back studio is a more traditional set-up for bands and for remote recording of concerts and special events. A full range of Yamaha gear many choice guitars are featured including the CPX15W Compass West and RGXTT Ty Tabor signature model guitars, a BBG4S 4-string electric bass and a DG Stomp pre-amp.

Founded in 1997, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is presented by DAS Ventures Ltd. Winners in each of 12 categories (Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel/Inspirational, Hip-Hop, Latin, Electronic, Folk and Children’s) will each receive $2,000 in cash, $5,000 worth of Yamaha project studio equipment, and a $5,000 advance on an EMI Music Publishing contract. This year, for the first time, hopeful artists can also upload their submissions to the contest as MP3 files by visiting

To learn more about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, phone JAG Entertainment at (818) 905-5511 or visit on the web. For more information on Yamaha products, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Professional Audio, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail; or visit

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus – Upcoming Schedule





Bonner Springs, Kansas City

Sandstone Amphitheatre


St. Louis, MO

Riverport Amphitheatre


Noblesville, IN

Verizon Wireless Music Center


Milwaukee, WI

The Rave


Somerset, WI (Minneapolis)

Float-Rite Park


Chicago, IL

Tinley Park


Cincinnati (Sparta, KY)

Kentucky Speedway


Little Rock, AR

River Fest Amphitheatre


Dallas, TX

Smirnoff Music Center


San Antonio, TX

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Houston, TX

Woodlands Lot


Corpus Christi, TX

Concrete St. Amphitheatre


New Orleans, LA

Ponchartrain Center


Atlanta, GA

Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre


Charlotte, NC

Verizon Wireless Pavilion


Orlando, FL

Central Florida Fairgrounds


Miami, Fl

Pompano Amphitheatre


Tampa, FL

USF Soccer Field


Bristow, VA (Washington DC)

Nissan Pavilion


Virginia Beach, VA

Verizon Amphitheatre Lot


Pittsburgh, PA

IC Light Amphitheatre


Camden, NJ (Philly)

Blockbuster-Sony Entertainment Center


New York, NY

Randall's Island


Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Park Lot


Cleveland, OH

Nautica Stage


Buffalo, NY

La Salle Park


Boston, MA

Suffolk Downs

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