Barrington, IL (November 12, 2009)—Nineties rockers Smash Mouth recently played Barrington High School’s football field as part of a teen motivational event for 3,000 kids. Aiding the effort was Gand Concert Sound, which fielded a Yamaha- and Nexo-based audio rig.
The Barrington School District is committed to building children’s social, emotional and academic competencies, and this particular event was organized by a mental awareness coalition that included members of the Barrington School District, teens, parents and community leaders.
With the assistance of Gand Concert Sound, Joe Perona mixed front of house using a Yamaha M7CL digital audio console while Aaron Patkin mixed monitors on Yamaha PM5D-RH. Eight Nexo Geo T 4805s were used per side with one Geo T 2815 per side, four CD18s per side, PS15s for wedges with Alpha-E side fills, Yamaha PC9501n amps, and Nexo NX242s processors with EtherSound cards.
“Nexo's top-of-the-line Geo T system was employed to guarantee even coverage from the closest down stage audience members, dancing to the band, to the concertgoers in the bleachers,” said Gary Gand, president, Gand Concert Sound. “Nexo CD18 subwoofers are cardioid and keep unwanted low frequencies off the stage and out of the backstage area. The bottom goes where it’s wanted, right into the feet of the dancers down stage and is easily directed.”
“Noise control is always a concern in public spaces bordering on high-priced residential real estate, and Geo T is the perfect choice for pattern control,” said Gand. “Using Geosoft, we can plot the exact coverage with the correct amount of boxes to insure strong SPL where it’s needed and still keep everyone happy including the stage company supplying the load-bearing roof.”
“Barrington has had several teen suicides, and the mental awareness coalition put this event together to get ‘in touch’ with the kids through rock ‘n roll,” Gand notes. We were only too happy to provide our gear for the Smash Mouth concert; we are firm believers that it is crucial to keep teens engaged through music and social awareness.”
Gand Concert Sound
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.