Daytona State’s music production and recording technology program students put on a rockin’ show at the Daytona Beach Bandshell on Nov. 29. The audience enjoyed free entertainment, while students benefited from performing and applying technical skills to produce and record the live gig with new state-of-the-art sound equipment made especially for outdoor concerts.
Featuring the program’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, the production was the maiden voyage of the new audio-recording system. The event gave sound reinforcement students a unique experience with set-up, testing the equipment and making a live recording.
Noting the festive timing of the event, Music Production Technology Chair Jake Niceley said, “Just beyond the stage is the ice skating rink that’s part of Daytona’s Holidays on the Beach. So, here we had ice skating, the beach and live music. How cool is that?”
Purchase of the new sound equipment was made possible through a $64,000 Carl D. Perkins grant. “This system provides our students a whole new layer of technical know-how that will prove to be valuable as they venture out into careers upon graduation,” Niceley said.
The set-up, staging and performance involved most of the students enrolled in Daytona State’s two-year Music Production Technology and one-year Audio Recording Technology programs, which include those students who perform in up to five bands that make up the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
“That’s one of the unique things about our program,” said Niceley. “We require that students also learn music fundamentals and participate in an ensemble performance each year. By having everyone participate either as a technician or a performer, sharing roles, it provides them a more well-rounded perspective and enhanced learning experience.”
The ensemble is supervised by Niceley, an internationally-known Nashville recording engineer prior to joining Daytona State in 2008 to launch the Music Production Technology program, and instructor Brian Bassett, a former member of the iconic 1970s group Wild Cherry, southern rockers Molly Hatchet and gritty blues band Foghat. Instructor Daniel Mixer, who also previously enjoyed a successful career as a Nashville recording studio designer and engineer, supervised students in the staging and sound set-up.