Downingtown, PA (January 18, 2006)–Paul Green’s School of Rock in Philadelphia is largely credited as the real-life inspiration for The School of Rock film a few years ago starring Jack Black, and since the movie’s release, the original facility in downtown Philadelphia has grown to ten branches. Steve and Eva Nicolazzi opened the school’s very first expansion campus nearly two years ago in suburban Downingtown, PA, creating their own performance venue, which sports a Community PA system.
“We found an old Pepperidge Farm plant, around 8,500 square feet,” Steve Nicolazzi said. Inside, they constructed a 3,000-square-foot performance venue, which regularly hosts an audience in excess of 300 at the school’s showcases. But while the atmosphere and attitude were great, the sonic experience left much to be desired. As Steve recounts, “in our inexperience we bought a PA system that was underpowered for the room. There was an old mixing board from a church, a couple of cabinets hanging left and right, and a single subwoofer in the middle. Only a few of the middle seats could hear.”
Steve and Eva hooked up with local Audiobahn sales rep Tony Hersch, who contacted Community Loudspeakers in nearby Chester. “Community’s engineers knew exactly what was needed for the space,” Steve recalled. The system upgrade was based around Community’s iBox series, comprising three iHP1294 cabinets, while low frequency content is covered by four i112S subwoofers, flown two per side.
Besides improving the sound for the audience, Hersch addressed the performers’ needs by specifying four Community M12 stage monitors. “The monitors made a huge difference to the performers,” Nicolazzi observed. “It dramatically increased the excitement level onstage, which increased the quality of the performance and the excitement level of the audience.”