Lennon Bus at Williamsburg Northside Schools

We were thrilled to host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on October 9th, 2014 – John Lennon’s birthday.

We invite you to visit the following links to read more about this exciting event:

John Lennon bus in Williamsburg? Let it be – The New York Daily News

Lennon Bus gives kids a Magical Mystery Tour – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Lennon Bus is Parked in Williamsburg Today – Brooklyn Based

Brooklyn students board John Lennon tour bus, celebrate former Beatle’s 74th birthday anniversary – Brooklyn News 12

Lennon Bus Rolls into North Brooklyn to Mark Beatle’s 74th Birthday – Greenpoint Gazette

The Lennon Bus legacy continues by supporting music education programs with recording sessions and tours of the mobile studio in association with the NAMM Foundation and Amp Up NYC.

“This project would have made John so proud. It was born from John’s love and the strong wishes of kids all over the world. I am very happy!” – Yoko Ono Lennon

NEW YORK, N.Y. (OCTOBER 9,2014) – The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the premier, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile Pro-Audio, Video and Broadcast studio providing hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998, comes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a stop at Williamsburg Northside Schools, a Reggio Emilia-inspired school and community, on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. The legendary songwriter, poet, artist and activist would have been 74.

The Lennon Bus is made possible by the generosity and support of Yoko Ono Lennon, who attended the launch of the mobile studio’s New York City residency in September. The bus’ tour of New York is presented in association with the NAMM Foundation and the Amp Up NYC initiative, which is a partnership between The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), national nonprofit Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music.

Students onboard the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies, and hear first-hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar facility that travels 10 months a year throughout the U.S. Participants will tour the bus, be exposed to the equipment and have the ability to create their own music.

“This all began as an idea to give back and honor the great John Lennon by inspiring future generations of innovators,” said Brian Rothschild, founder and executive director of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “Our goal is to embody John Lennon’s passion and devotion to creativity by providing students across the country with opportunities to explore their musical expression and artistic freedom.”

“I commend the Lennon Bus for choosing to spend John Lennon’s 74th birthday at the new Williamsburg Northside School. The Lennon bus has traveled all over the United States helping to nurture a love for music in children everywhere, but Williamsburg and New York State are special,” said Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, 50th District (D-North Brooklyn). “From start-ups to well established businesses, we see talented entrepreneurs and artists redefining the landscape of the music industry in our own backyard. The opportunities that these children have are limitless and we must work to keep them here.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Williamsburg Northside Schools,” said Dr. Gina Farrar, the Head of Schools at Williamsburg Northside Schools. “Our students and our faculty alike are excited to learn more about the extraordinary life and works of John Lennon, and to experience the creative process firsthand.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 17th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, Montblanc, Sony, NAMM, Adobe, Yamaha, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Avid, AudioTechnica, Digital Media Academy, SESAC, Genelec, SSL, NewTek, True Religion, Thomann, TodoCast by Globecomm, Vox Amps, SAE Institute, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, JamHub, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, DJI Innovations, Copperpeace, Aphex Systems, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, JDI, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Ampeg, Mackie, Apogee, Boingo, Glyph, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, Digital Rapids, SKB, Sonnet Technologies, OWC and LiveU.

For additional information about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to check on the tour dates and locations, visit lennonbus.org.


The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9000 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit nammfoundation.org.


Williamsburg Northside Schools is a Reggio Emilia-inspired school and community with three distinct programs in the culturally dynamic and diverse Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Programs are provided for infants and toddlers, preschool and Lower School students through the 5th grade.

Williamsburg Northside Schools’ ultimate goal is to encourage students and teachers to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens who are prepared to meet the challenges of the academic and social world in which they live. The understanding that children are strong and capable of reaching this potential is paramount.