High School Nation’s stop at Larkin High School this week will be long remembered for more than a mini music festival thanks to the band’s donation of $20,000 in audio and music recording equipment.
Elgin High School was one of five Chicago-area schools to receive the free music event and equipment from High School Nation, an organization that promotes music, arts and sports in schools . The program coincided with Larkin’s reunion week festivities.
“(Donation includes) software, computer, battery, wiring, that’s basically all you need to set up a small media lab or recording studio on campus,” said the CEO of High School Nation, Jimmy Cantillon. Larkin will receive audio interface devices, studio monitors and guitars.
The High School Nation tour aims not only to give winners a short diversion from the regular school day, but to promote careers in the arts, including jobs working behind the scenes at festivals and concerts, Cantillon said. .
“The idea is … to emphasize different areas of the arts,” he said. “You don’t have to be a singer or a dancer to travel and see the world.”
Larkin’s principal, Jamie Crosen, said the studio’s equipment would be a boon to the school’s digital arts program. Students may one day be able to use it to record music, make live recordings and produce more podcasts, he said.
A recording studio would enhance the school’s visual and performing arts academy, Crosen said.
Prior to High School Nation’s visit, Larkin and U46 District officials had discussed establishing a recording studio to enhance the Larkin Academy-based academy as it undergoes a transition to an academy. more rigorous magnetic.
“It gives our kids the opportunity and the ability to learn more about the digital side of the arts,” Crosen said.
In addition to Monday’s concert, artists from High School Nation gave demonstrations and taught students some dance moves.
“Some of our kids think about life on camera,” Crosen said. “But it was great for them to see what’s going on behind the camera. It was also nice for people to have conversations with people actively working in the arts and music. Sometimes we only see the Beyonce, the biggest celebrities we don’t see (the ones behind the scenes).
Among the musical artists to perform at Larkin were Australian pop artist Emily Perry and up-and-coming band Almost Monday.