The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the U.S. Department of Education Partner Together For "Education Drives America!"

September 6, 2012
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their third annual “Education Drives America” back-to-school bus tour. The Lennon Bus will be in the Silicon Valley September 7th-September 12th for a series of educational events focused on various topics, including technology and innovation in education. Students at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA, will produce their very own original music video to be premiered at the end of the five-day tour. Printz Board, songwriter, producer, musical director, and musician for the Black Eyed Peas will also be joining the Lennon Bus team at Sequoia High School on September 7, 2012 to assist in the production of the original music video project. 
On September 11th, the Lennon Bus will be pulling onto the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, CA for the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Action, Development) Symposium, where students from Sequoia High School along with Lennon Bus engineers will be interviewing attendees of the LEAD symposium and incorporating their sound bytes into the finished video project.
On September 12th, in association with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the SupportMusic Coalition, the Lennon Bus will head to the Sequoia High School Auditorium. The special event will be livestreamed at starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT. A pre-show event co-hosted by NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, will feature interviews with arts education advocates, music educators and school administrators to review back-to-school topics including the importance of the arts in the core curriculum. The main event begins at 9 a.m. featuring Secretary Duncan, Salman Khan, Andrew Ng, along with other notables in education, government, entertainment and business. The program will also include the premiere of the students’ original project and feature remarks from Sequoia High School students, Principal Bonnie Hansen, and special guests.

This is the third annual back-to-school bus tour for Secretary Duncan and the Department of Education. “This bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what’s working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students,” said Duncan. In 2010, the back-to-school bus tour included stops in the Delta region in the South and the Northeast. This year’s tour will see Secretary Duncan making stops in over 10 states ranging from California to Virginia.
The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Avid, Montblanc, NAMM, Gibson, Epiphone, Neutrik, Sony, Audio-Technica, Newtek, Todocast, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Musician’s Friend, Reflecmedia, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Genelec, Ampeg, Roland, Boss, Mackie, Digital Media Academy, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, New Bay Media, 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.
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