The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Announce Winners of Lennon Bus Recording Residency

December 12, 2016

The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus are pleased to announce three exceptional schools and their music programs as the winners of a recording residency on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: Scotts Valley High School (Scotts Valley, California), Country Club Hills District 160(Country Club Hills, Illinois) and Herricks UFSD (New Hype Park, New York). The high schools were selected from a multitude applicants based on student and faculty submitted video entries that answered “What Makes Music Education Great in My School District?”
“We are so pleased to honor the three school districts for their commitment, enthusiasm and support for music education for all students,” shared Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation. “Through our relationship with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, we look forward to sharing an enriching musical experience with the students and their communities that will inspire their musical journeys for years to come.”
“We extend our congratulations to the winners and look forward to another round of successful residencies, especially as we approach our 20th anniversary,” said Brian Rothschild, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lennon Bus. “The NAMM Foundation has been an incredible partner and we anticipate another motivating and inspiring residency tour.” 
During the 2017 school year, the music students will have the chance to showcase their talents over a period of two days on the Lennon Bus: a state-of-the art mobile recording and production studio. On the first day, the students will compose, record and produce an original song and music video. On the second day, the school and district will come together to demonstrate their support for music education with a SupportMusic Community Forum and rally. Led by The NAMM Foundation, the Forum will share the success and challenges in music education, and recognize the many accomplishments of music education within the district. The day will conclude with a community celebration and tours of the Lennon Bus.
Since 2013, The NAMM Foundation has hosted 13 Lennon Bus residencies in communities throughout the U.S. Past videos of district submissions, SupportMusic Community Forums and music videos of songs created from residencies can be viewed on The NAMM Foundation YouTube channel.

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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.