John Lennon bus stops in OKC


OKLAHOMA CITY – Aspiring rock stars in Oklahoma got a rare treat this week, a chance to record on Yoko Ono’s mobile recording studio tour bus.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made its first stop ever in Oklahoma Tuesday.

University of Central Oklahoma music students got a chance to record on the bus with three-time Grammy Award winning artist, Steven Drozd.

The students are enrolled in the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO in Bricktown.

“It’s pretty high tech; I’ve been on a lot of tour buses and this one is amazing,”The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd said. “It’s as tricked out as a lot of studios I’ve seen.”

The equipment on board is donated from corporate sponsors.

The bus travels coast-to-coast 10 months a year giving students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record an original song and music video for free.

“It’s a wicked opportunity to see a full-on studio in this environment and the engineer guys who are working on the bus are total professionals,” Drozd said, who brought band member Derek Brown with him to record Tuesday.

“They’re really creative,” Lennon Bus engineer Ryan L`Esperance said. “We’re really excited to be able to collaborate with these students and create an original project for peace and support local music.”

ACM @ UCO CEO and The Flaming Lips manager, Scott Booker, was instrumental in bringing the bus to Oklahoma City.

“You get this unique opportunity to record on state-of-the-art equipment that’s traveling around the United States with a three-time Grammy winning artist right here in Oklahoma, from Oklahoma,” Booker said.

Yoko Ono turned 80 Monday.

The Flaming Lips and a group of UCO students recorded a “Happy Birthday” song for Ono on the bus Tuesday and sent it to her on her special day.

The Lennon Bus will visit the University of Central Oklahoma Edmond campus on Feb. 20 and the university’s Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown on Feb. 21.

The bus will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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Here’s more information about the UCO Academy of Contemporary Music.