OWC Adds Support to John Lennon Bus Educational Across America

Delivering Music and Inspiration to Young People All Over America with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and OWC

OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company, is extremely proud to partner with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, mobile recording and video production studio dedicated to providing students with free hands-on opportunities to produce music and video projects. OWC is especially pleased to give direct equipment support to such a fantastic initiative, providing a suite of OWC’s high-performance storage solutions to help give them greater capability to educate and inspire.

Teaching, Creating, Inspiring and Building – Nationwide.
The John Lennon Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile recording studio, soundstage, and video production facility providing opportunities for young people to create original music, videos, apps, and live broadcast productions. With the assistance of three on-board engineers and a parade of celebrity mentors, students learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs, music videos and documentaries.


Making a Difference through Technology.
Underpinning the latest Mac Pro powerhouse that drives the Bus’s mobile studio are twelve OWC Mercury Electra 960GB SSDs in two lightning-fast RAID 0 configurations that work as the primary production drives to deliver reliable, rugged travel-safe operation, flexibility and outstanding performance.

According to engineer Bryce Quig-Hartman, using OWC SSD’s gives them several advantages. “Sure, they’re fast, but also we just can’t use spinning disks while the bus is in motion and we need to be working while the bus is in motion” he says, “so having SSD’s is a necessity and that’s something that OWC has been able to provide.”


Thanks to OWC, the engineers no longer need to shut down while the bus is moving, meaning they can get more work done, quicker and, ultimately, give greater opportunities to more students.

Alongside the Electra SSD’s, the crew also utilizes the ultra-portable performance of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable storage solution, which Bryce describes as their “bread and butter.” These give the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus team amazing flexibility to work anywhere. Bus-powered and robust, the Elite Pro mini is the perfect solution for mobile production workflows requiring capacity, speed, mobility, and reliability. The bus crew also uses the pocket-sized, bus-powered OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro as a portable work drive and for backup duty, when needed.

To cap it off, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is also using OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual minis in RAID 1 mode for reliable long-term backup as well as the awesome power of the ThunderBay 4 in projects requiring the high-bandwidth capabilities of Thunderbolt 2.

The OWC Advantage – Over 20 Years of Storage Design and Innovation – OWC tested for guaranteed compatibility, speed, flexibility, and reliability – Comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos – 24/7 award-winning, US-based support


The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 17th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.


The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, Montblanc, Sony, NAMM, Adobe, Yamaha, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Avid, AudioTechnica, Digital Media Academy, SESAC, Genelec, SSL, NewTek, True Religion, Thomann, TodoCast by Globecomm, Vox Amps, SAE Institute, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, JamHub, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/ Bauer, AJA, DJI Innovations, Copperpeace, Aphex Systems, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, JDI, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Ampeg, Mackie, Apogee, Boingo, Glyph, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, Digital Rapids, SKB, Sonnet Technologies, OWC and LiveU.

About OWC
OWC is the manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple enthusiasts with OWC Memory upgrades for Apple computers dating as far back as the mid 90’s. Over the last decade, OWC specifically built SSD upgrades for Apple computers winning multiple awards while also earning accolades for OWC External Drives and OWC Optical Drives. OWC also provides extensive US-based technical support for Mac users around the world. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also produces a catalog of upgrades and accessories having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988.