The Lennon Bus Kicks Off NAMM Show w/ Natasha Bedingfield, Gov. Mike Huckabee & Bernie Williams

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Natasha Bedingfield Rock The NAMM 2011 Kick Off Concert!

Appearances by Governor Mike Huckabee and legendary New York Yankee Bernie Williams

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and NAMM (the international music products association) kicked off the 2011 NAMM Show yesterday, January 13th, with appearances by Governor Mike Huckabee and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams as well as fantastic performances by GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and John Lennon Songwriting Contest winners Madison Violet, who were surprised with a gift of Avid’s Mbox w/ Pro Tools 9 in addition to the $20,000 Song of the Year prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The kick-off event showcased the work of the Lennon Bus, a non-profit mobile studio that has traveled the U.S. and Canada for 14 years providing young people with free hands-on opportunities to create original music and video projects.

The Lennon Bus was proud to announce a new partnership with Avid, the maker of award-winning video and audio production solutions used by professional filmmakers, producers, sound mixers and musicians.  The 2011 Lennon Bus studios feature a new arsenal of Avid’s top of the line solutions.

The Lennon Bus also received the starCON award from long time sponsor, Neutrik, the leading provider of professional entertainment connector systems.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (

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 14th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. 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 Apple, Avid, Mont Blanc, NAMM, SAE Institute, Gibson, Epiphone, Neutrik, Sony, Audio-Technica, Sonicbids, Musician’s Friend, Music Player Network, Litepanels, Reflecmedia, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Ampeg, Roland, Boss, Mackie, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Apogee, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, Harris Corporation,  Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Adobe, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Noise Industries, and Mad Mimi.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

About NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit For more information on how to support music education programs in your local community, go to

About AVID

Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home.  Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Oxygen 8, Sibelius®, System 5,  and Pinnacle Studio™.  For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.comdel.icio.usFlickrTwitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook; or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.

For music videos, tour diaries, and more, visit the Lennon Bus YouTube Channel:

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