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July 9th-11th

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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


The Experts

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.


What will be covered in each track?

Audio and Sound System Basics

  • How the parts of your sound system work together
  • How to assemble and cable your sound system
  • Developing a budget and plan for your program
  • Speaker and cart selection, application, and system design

Sound Reinforcement

  • Using microphones with percussion instruments
  • Using shotgun/field microphones for on-field instruments
  • Microphone techniques for woodwind and brass instruments

Wireless Equipment

  • Picking wireless equipment for your setup
  • How to use wireless microphones reliably
  • When/why you should use wireless equipment

Mixer Education

  • How to use an analog mixer
  • Basic concepts of signal routing and control
  • Courses on Behringer, PreSonus, and Yamaha digital mixers
  • How to mix wirelessly with an iPad

Electronic Instruments

  • Getting started with MainStage
  • Programming music and samples with MainStage
  • Using MainStage for FX processing
  • How to use hardware synthesizers and samplers
  • How to use Yamaha synthesizers

Electronic Music Arranging and Design

  • How to create and edit audio samples
  • Designing and arranging electronic music for your show
  • An inside look into the audio and electronic set ups of 3 drum corps
  • How to integrate electronics into your show design

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 $125 per person if you register before June 1st. After that, it increases to $150.

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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The Sponsors

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!

Percussive Arts Society

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

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.

PreSonus

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

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.


The Exhibitors

We'll have a number of exhibitors at our expo on Friday, 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!"