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July 9th-11th

Dallas, TX

$150 Registration

Lunch Provided

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What is Amplify?

A comprehensive, all-in-one marching arts audio seminar for any experience level. Amplify 2019 will cover everything about creating and operating a marching arts sound system from the ground up.

Through a variety of different sessions and tracks, taught by some of the top audio experts in the marching arts, you can learn everything from the very basics of building a sound system to the nitty-gritty details of operating a specific synthesizer. And thanks to the experts who are available to you all week, you can get any question answered, all in this three day seminar.

What to expect at Amplify 2019


Speakers

Tom McGillen

Audio Expert and Founder of Marching Audio

The Electronic Caption Manager for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps since 2010, Tom is a well-known audio consultant all across the country. He has worked for successful high school programs including Broken Arrow, Carmel, Flower Mound, and Hebron (among many others), and has given clinics at PASIC, TBA, and elsewhere.

Tom McGillen

Audio Expert and Founder of Marching Audio

The audio specialist for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps since 2010, Tom is a well-known audio consultant all across the country. He has worked for successful high school programs including Broken Arrow, Carmel, Flower Mound, and Hebron (among many others), and has given clinics at PASIC, TBA, and elsewhere.

Erik Kosman

Audio Expert and Head of Audio with the Boston Crusaders

Erik is a highly sought-after audio designer and consultant in the marching arts. He has worked with many top ensembles in DCI, WGI, and BOA, including The Bluecoats, The Woodlands High School, the Avon High School Indoor Drumline, and currently, the Boston Crusaders. He is also a consultant and engineer for FloMarching.

Erik Kosman

Audio Expert and Head of Audio with the Boston Crusaders

Erik is a highly sought-after audio designer and consultant in the marching arts. He has worked with many top ensembles in DCI, WGI, and BOA, including The Bluecoats, The Woodlands High School, the Avon High School Indoor Drumline, and currently, the Boston Crusaders. He is also a consultant and engineer for FloMarching.

Andrew Werst

Resident Audio Expert and Founder of Microphonic Designs LLC

Andrew is our in-house audio expert at Lone Star and the owner of Microphonic Designs LLC. He has marched both DCI and WGI and has a degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University. Andrew has worked as a full-time audio engineer for Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, and many high school programs across Texas.

Andrew Werst

Resident Audio Expert and Founder of Microphonic Designs LLC

Andrew is our in-house audio expert at Lone Star and the owner of Microphonic Designs LLC. He has marched both DCI and WGI and has a degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University, and he has worked as a full-time audio engineer for Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, and many high school programs across Texas.

Evan Brown

Audio Expert and Electronics Sound Designer for Matrix Performing Arts

Evan is the sound and amplification designer for many top-tier groups in the marching arts, including Phantom Regiment, Matrix Performing Arts, Spirit of Atlanta, and more. He is also a Percussion Coordinator for North Allegheny HS in Pennsylvania and the EDU Market Manager for Presonus.

Evan Brown

Audio Expert and Electronics Sound Designer for Matrix Performing Arts

Evan is the sound and amplification designer for many top-tier groups in the marching arts, including Phantom Regiment, Matrix Performing Arts, Spirit of Atlanta, and more. He is also a Percussion Coordinator for North Allegheny HS in Pennsylvania and the EDU Market Manager for Presonus.

Colton Hines

Audio Expert and Freelance Sound Consultant

Colton is a freelance electronic and sound consultant in the marching arts. He has worked as an audio and electronics specialist for high schools across the country, including Flower Mound, Keller, Harrison, and Hebron. Colton is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education & Composition at Oklahoma City University.

Colton Hines

Audio Expert and Freelance Sound Consultant

Colton is a freelance electronic and sound consultant in the marching arts. He has worked as an audio and electronics specialist for high schools across the country, including Flower Mound, Keller, Harrison, and Hebron. Colton is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education & Composition at Oklahoma City University.

Jana Harvey & Brent Biskup

Flower Mound High School Band Staff

Brent Biskup & Jana Harvey serve as band directors for Flower Mound HS, one of the most successful band programs in the state of Texas. Their tenure has led to countless sweepstakes awards at UIL competitions, as well as excellent standings at marching competitions across the state. They are joining us at Amplify to talk about their top-notch sound system and their experiences getting it set up!

Jana Harvey & Brent Biskup

Flower Mound High School Band Staff

Brent Biskup & Jana Harvey serve as band directors for Flower Mound HS, one of the most successful band programs in the state of Texas. Their tenure has led to countless sweepstakes awards at UIL competitions, as well as excellent standings at marching competitions across the state. They are joining us at Amplify to talk about their top-notch sound system and their experiences getting it set up!

Will Doggett & Serafin Sanchez

Ableton Experts & Audio Engineers

Will Doggett & Serafin Sanchez are experienced musicians with a background of working with Ableton, and they are both Ableton Live Certified Trainers. They will be presenting on how to incorporate Ableton into a marching sound system, drawing from their experiences both teaching about the software and using it on stage or in the studio!

Will Doggett & Serafin Sanchez

Ableton Experts & Audio Engineers

Will Doggett & Serafin Sanchez are experienced musicians with a background of working with Ableton, and they are both Ableton Live Certified Trainers. They will be presenting on how to incorporate Ableton into a marching sound system, drawing from their experiences both teaching about the software and using it on stage or in the studio!

Wes Pitzer

Wireless Audio Expert & Shure Representative

Wes has over 20 years of experience as a concert sound engineer. He has worked all over the industry, including in studio design and sound engineering, and has worked extensively with wireless audio equipment. He will be presenting a session on using wireless equipment in marching band at Amplify 2019!

Wes Pitzer

Wireless Audio Expert & Shure Representative

Wes has over 20 years of experience as a concert sound engineer. He has worked all over the industry, including in studio design and sound engineering, and has worked extensively with wireless audio equipment. He will be presenting a session on using wireless equipment in marching band at Amplify 2019!


Amplify 2019 Agenda

9:00AM - 10:00AM KEYNOTE: Get the Right Audio Gear Learn about current equipment and its application in the Marching Arts. AuditoriumAudio & Sound Systems
10:15AM - 10:45AM PA 101 Learn basic audio fundamentals and how the parts of your sound system work together. Band HallAudio & Sound Systems
10:15AM - 10:45AM Getting Started with MainStage Learn hardware configurations and considerations for using MainStage in a marching show. Covers the basics of how to map and configure various controllers. Choir RoomSoftware Electronic Instruments
11:00AM - 12:00PM Mixer Fundamentals Learn the basic concepts of signal routing and refining sounds with any mixer. Band HallMixer Education
11:00AM - 12:00PM MainStage Basics Covers basic fundamentals of how to use MainStage in the Marching Arts. Choir RoomSoftware Electronic Instruments
11:00AM - 12:00PM Sound Library Choices for the Marching Arts Look at various sound libraries and their applications in a marching show. Orchestra RoomSoftware Electronic Instruments
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch - Provided by Pageantry Innovations Eagle's Nest Cafeteria
1:00PM - 2:00PM Setting Up Your Mixer Cart and Speakers Learn how to assemble and cable your sound system. Percussion RoomAudio & Sound Systems
1:00PM - 2:00PM Using Yamaha MOTIF and MOXF Synthesizers Learn how to use the Yamaha MOTIF and MOXF synthesizers in the Marching Arts. Band HallHardware Electronic Instruments
1:00PM - 2:00PM MainStage Basics Covers basic fundamentals of how to use MainStage in the Marching Arts. Choir RoomSoftware Electronic Instruments
1:00PM - 2:00PM Using Omnisphere with MainStage Learn to use Omnisphere with MainStage to create sophisticated sounds and textures. Orchestra RoomSoftware Electronic Instruments
2:15PM - 3:15PM Sound Reinforcement for Percussion Look at microphone choices and techniques for keyboards, timpani, drum set, and various percussion instruments. Band HallSound Reinforcement
2:15PM - 3:15PM Sound Reinforcement for Winds (PreSonus Mixers) Discussion on microphone choices and techniques for woodwind and brass instruments. Choir RoomSound Reinforcement
3:30PM - 4:30PM Sound Reinforcement for Percussion (PreSonus Mixers) Look at microphone choices and techniques for keyboards, timpani, drum set, and various percussion instruments. Choir RoomSound Reinforcement
3:30PM - 4:30PM Sound Reinforcement for Winds Discussion on microphone choices and techniques for woodwind and brass instruments. Band HallSound Reinforcement
4:45PM - 6:00PM KEYNOTE: Behind the Curtain Get an inside look into the audio and electronic set ups of three DCI drum corps. See how the experts use products in different ways with top level ensembles. AuditoriumAudio & Sound Systems
Evening Hang Free Play Arcade in Dallas Come with us to grab a drink or a bite and play all the retro video games you can stand. Their admission is $10 to play all their games for free, and it’s right down the street from Amplify, on Belt Line. We’ve got a couple tables reserved for you to come hang out! 1730 E Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

Details

When and where is Amplify 2019?

Amplify 2019 is July 9th-11th at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX. 1250 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080. The seminar ends at 4pm on July 11th to allow for travel plans.

Where should I plan to stay?

You can reserve a hotel room with the Amplify 2019 reduced group rate at the links below. Choose your arrival/departure dates and click check availability. You will then see the special event rate and room information.

If you have any issues, you can also call 1-800-HOLIDAY or call the hotel direct and just ask for "AMPLIFY 2019".

How much does it cost?

Registration is $150 per person.

What else do I get?

Lunch will be provided each day, and you'll get hundreds of pages of detailed information in the form of the Amplify textbook. We can also give you a Certificate of Completion documenting your hours of attendance for potential professional development credit upon request!


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With Support From:

Percussive Arts Society - Strategic Partner of Amplify

The World's Largest Percussion Organization

Established in 1961, PAS has always been a vital source of communication and information among the percussion community. PAS hosts thousands of members who utilize their resources and attend their events, including the massive international percussion convention, PASIC.

Percussive Arts Society - Strategic Partner of Amplify

The World's Largest Percussion Organization

Established in 1961, PAS has always been a vital source of communication and information among the percussion community. PAS hosts thousands of members who utilize their resources and attend their events, including the massive international percussion convention, PASIC.

Pageantry Innovations - Platinum Level Sponsor

Expert Designers and Manufacturers of Marching Field Frames, Carts, & Racks

You'll find carts, racks, and frames from Pageantry Innovations in countless drum corps, indoor drumlines, and marching bands all around the country. They create solutions for your sound system and your front ensemble, and representatives will be there to answer questions!

Pageantry Innovations - Platinum Level Sponsor

Expert Designers and Manufacturers of Marching Field Frames, Carts, & Racks

You'll find carts, racks, and frames from Pageantry Innovations in countless drum corps, indoor drumlines, and marching bands all around the country. They create solutions for your sound system and your front ensemble, and representatives will be there to answer questions!

Titan Field Frames - Platinum Level Sponsor

Expert Designers and Manufacturers of Marching Field Frames, Carts, & Racks

Titan Field Frames are sturdy and reliable, and they are found in ensembles across the country. They have something to suit all of your needs and keep your sound equipment safe in transit on the truck, and there will be representatives there to answer questions as well!

Titan Field Frames - Platinum Level Sponsor

Expert Designers and Manufacturers of Marching Field Frames, Carts, & Racks

Titan Field Frames are sturdy and reliable, and they are found in ensembles across the country. They have something to suit all of your needs and keep your sound equipment safe in transit on the truck, and there will be representatives there to answer questions as well!

MuseScore - Platinum Level Sponsor

The World's Most Popular Notation Software

MuseScore is a full-featured, professional-level music notation software that is perfect for composers from all walks of life. It's been used for hundreds of marching band shows, and the best part is, it's completely free, no strings attached!

MuseScore - Platinum Level Sponsor

The World's Most Popular Notation Software

MuseScore is a full-featured, professional-level music notation software that is perfect for composers from all walks of life. It's been used for hundreds of marching band shows, and the best part is, it's completely free, no strings attached!

Yamaha - Silver Level Sponsor

Worldwide Instrument & Pro Audio Manufacturer

One of the leading music manufacturers in the world, Yamaha is an innovative force in both the percussion world and that of pro audio. You can find their speakers and equipment in front ensembles and marching groups all over the world, constantly driving innovation in the marching arts and helping us get our sound to the audience as cleanly as possible!

Worldwide Instrument & Pro Audio Manufacturer - Silver Level Sponsor

The World's Most Popular Notation Software

One of the leading music manufacturers in the world, Yamaha is an innovative force in both the percussion world and that of pro audio. You can find their speakers and equipment in front ensembles and marching groups all over the world, constantly driving innovation in the marching arts and helping us get our sound to the audience as cleanly as possible!

PreSonus - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Pro Audio Manufacturer

PreSonus audio interfaces, speakers, mixers, and more can be found all over the marching arts. Many top groups use PreSonus equipment, and for good reason - their hardware is of top-tier quality and perfectly suited to marching band, drum corps, and indoor drumline setups.

PreSonus - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Pro Audio Manufacturer

PreSonus audio interfaces, speakers, mixers, and more can be found all over the marching arts. Many top groups use PreSonus equipment, and for good reason - their hardware is of top-tier quality and perfectly suited to marching band, drum corps, and indoor drumline setups.

Audio Technica - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Pro Audio Manufacturer

Audio Technica, creator of one of the most beloved microphones in the marching arts, is joining us as a sponsor at Amplify. This company has a leading presence in the pro audio industry, with innovative sound solutions in countless different audio applications, and a penchant for creating powerful amplification equipment that is well-suited to anyone's demands.

Audio Technica - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Pro Audio Manufacturer

Audio Technica, creator of one of the most beloved microphones in the marching arts, is joining us as a sponsor at Amplify. This company has a leading presence in the pro audio industry, with innovative sound solutions in countless different audio applications, and a penchant for creating powerful amplification equipment that is well-suited to anyone's demands.

D'addario - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Music & Pro Audio Manufacturer

D'addario is responsible for a ton of the cables that you see on football fields around the country. The number of versatile solutions they offer is staggering, and now they're also helping support Amplify!

D'addario - Bronze Level Sponsor

Leading Music & Pro Audio Manufacturer

D'addario is responsible for a ton of the cables that you see on football fields around the country. The number of versatile solutions they offer is staggering, and now they're also helping support Amplify!


The Exhibitors

We'll have a number of exhibitors at our expo on Wednesday, there to demonstrate products and answer any product-specific questions you may have! Exhibitors include:


What Attendees Have to Say

"The Amplify Clinic presented by Lone Star Percussion was the best professional development I've attended in over a decade. Everyone regardless of their experience with sound systems in the pageantry arts should attend. It was a 10-out-of-10."

"Amplify is the best thing I have attended in years. Any serious marching percussion educator should attend. The information will definitely help my groups sound better. Thank you Lone Star Percussion for offering such an amazing event."

"I loved it! I already feel empowered to make some much needed upgrades to our electronics set up, and I can't wait to go back for more!"

"The amount of knowledge I was able to gain in such a short amount of time was incredible. I'm excited to bring this back to my staff members and encourage them to attend in the future!"

"The Amplify Clinic is a tremendous experience for both the neophyte and those with an "intermediate" level skill set in electronics and mixing. The sheer breadth of topics discussed, while incredible, is not in my mind the best part of Amplify. The depth in which topics are covered, and the warmth with which instructors greet questions throughout the entire process, is the true value in the gem that is Amplify. This clinic fundamentally changed my understanding of electronics and the theory that accompanies it in only two days, and my students are already reaping the rewards."

"This was a great event! Very informative and educational. The presenters were very professional and presented the material in an easy to understand manner. This is a must for anyone in charge of electronics with a marching arts organization, as well as highly recommended for any band director who wants to gain a better understanding of how electronics integrates into the band sound. Thanks, Lone Star, for presenting an awesome seminar!"