Lennon bus rocking and rolling into city

Select students will learn music, video production Aug. 24








Magic bus? No, that was The Who. But a visit Aug. 24 to Vancouver by the big, blue John Lennon Tour Bus should be no less special.

The mobile recording studio, named after the late Beatles member, is cruising the nation to give students (and some teachers) a chance to work with professionals and learn to use state-of-the-art equipment.

Six students from Clark County will be chosen through an application process to produce and record a music video composition during a free, all-day session next month at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

As many as 60 additional students and/or teachers might attend three 2½-hour sessions inside the VSAA technology lab. They will train on ProTools recording software, Sibelius music composition software, and Avid Media composer video production software. Those sessions are free and open to 20 participants each, based on first-come, first-served registration.

The production project and training sessions will be at VSAA, 3101 Main St. The school entrance is at 31st and F streets.

For application information, or to register for a workshop session, email VSAA instructor David Tang, david.tang@vansd.org.

A nonprofit effort funded by several large businesses that has the blessing of his widow, Yoko Ono, the John Lennon Tour Bus campaign — dubbed “Warped Tour 2011” — is now in its 14th year.

With guidance from three onboard engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast-quality music video in one day, its website explains.

The bus also will visit Toppenish High School during its Pacific Northwest swing next month.

The Evergreen and Vancouver school districts are formal hosts for the Vancouver stop.