Category: arts education

30 Years In The Trenches-What I Really Learned

Until recently, my chosen career was in concert and special event production.  I spent more than 30 years doing sound, lighting, staging and event management.  It was a great run-I got to see the country and make dozens of great

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As Concert Industry Continues To “Gray”, Where Will New Techs Come From?

I read a lot of audio, video and special events trade magazines (most of them are free) and I have been struck lately by the apparent age of the technicians that are profiled. The average age of most of these

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This Education Starts “Over Your Head”, Not “In Your Head”

An article about a new stage rigging inspection program in a trade journal I regularly read featured a grant program that funds rigging inspections for schools.  It is a great idea and something that every drama teacher and school facility

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USITT Program Brings A New Kind Of Education To The Stage

An article about a new stage rigging inspection program in a trade journal I regularly read featured a grant program that funds rigging inspections for schools.  It is a great idea and something that every drama teacher and school facility

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Outdoor Show Safety Standards Gain Traction

The Event Safety Alliance, an organization headed by Jim Digby, the tour manager for Linkin Park, has adopted the slogan “Life Safety First” as a way to move concert safety issues into the forefront in the minds of event planners

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Springsteen Sound Man Says “Just Listen To Music”

A blog posting in online version of Pro Sound News really resonated with me, and I think that there is some information there worth repeating. The blog was a Clive Young interview with John Cooper, the front-of-house sound person for

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How To Get Your “Quiet” Idea Shouted From Coast To Coast

After a couple of years of supplying tape products to a high school robotics competition put on by an organization called US First, I had the opportunity to attend one of their competitions.  What an eye opener! The North Carolina

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A Digital Magazine That May Actually Save A Few Trees

I have long been a fan of the free (advertiser supported) trade journals published for the audio visual and entertainment production industries.  I am sure that this happens with all sorts of special interest professional groups, but magazines published for

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What About The Gospel of Blue Screen of Death?

I left the live “hands on” sound business about the time digital mixing consoles started to gain wide acceptance.  I was an early skeptic, but, obviously, this technology is ready for prime time.  What started in use on major tours

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Want A Promotion? Learn To Look At Me!

I get to work with a lot of young people, and it makes my days much more enjoyable.  Between my office and working as a volunteer at the local high school and as an usher at  my church, I am

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