CUSD students make music on John Lennon Tour Bus

The acclaimed John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a cutting-edge mobile recording and multimedia production facility, visited Centennial High School on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, where several Centennial and Dominguez High School scholars worked with the on-board crew of producers to write an original song, record it, and shoot a music video – all in one day.

After visiting Centennial High on Tuesday, the bus began a residency at the AME Institute (Arts, Media,  and Education) annual conference in Burbank, courtesy of the Dolby Institute, where it hosted the Centennial scholars and demonstrated their completed project.

Through CUSD’s robust Career Technical Education (CTE) department, the school district offers a variety of opportunities for scholars to learn about exciting businesses, such as music and entertainment, better preparing them for their life after graduation.

CUSD Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley, Centennial Audio Production Instructor Candice Boggerty, and John Lennon Bus Executive Director Brian Rothschild

CUSD is drawing on Compton’s rich musical history with Audio Production classes in all high schools, and opening a cutting-edge performing arts center in the new Compton High School next year.

The John Lennon Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio-video studio and travels the country visiting schools, colleges, and universities, focusing on providing experiential opportunities, as well as information on careers in music education, music products, and the music business. A large number of students tour the Bus and learn about the workings of a professional audio and video studio.

Inspired by John and Yoko’s vision of embracing creativity and imagining peace, the Lennon Bus is committed to providing young people, communities, and schools across the nation with explanatory tours of the on-board studios, workshops, interactive experiences, and hands-on opportunities to create original audio, video, and broadcast projects that reflect their ideas and concerns.

CUSD Audio Production scholars with Centennial Audio Production Instructor Candice Boggerty at the AME Institute.

The newly wrapped, newly equipped Lennon Bus has been on tour this year, making stops across the U.S. and Canada, with the esteemed RZA and hip hop pioneers Wu-Tang Clan, making use of the newly installed Dolby Atmos studio and Genelec monitors. The Bus is proud to be a proponent of sustainability with the help of Battle Born Batteries, which provide green power to the Bus.

This Fall, the Bus plans to visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) as well as middle and high schools and other venues.

The Dolby Institute was established with the mission to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of content creators. Collaborating with schools, colleges, and organizations worldwide, it aims to train professional, emerging, and underserved creators. Through a range of educational programs, strategic partnerships, workshops, and events, the institute strives to equip artists with access to Dolby’s industry-leading content creation tools. Building on Dolby’s rich history of innovation in entertainment, its educational initiatives are designed to provide the resources and guidance necessary to foster artistic expression.

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