Senior Project: Student Life Unseen 2014 Conference
Student Life is based out of Birmingham, AL that does camps during the summer, a tour during the winter, as well as supporting the local church and other ministries by creating Bible studies, taking up offerings to send students on short term mission trips, as well as many other helpful services. This last summer alone, Student Life was able to share the gospel with over 60,000 students from across the country. SL gave me a call in hopes that I would be interested in traveling with them for half of the spring semester to be in charge with everything the deals with audio. I was in charge for setting up and managing the sound system, microphones, wireless packs, cables, stage power, FOH (Front of House) console, as well as managing the monitor console. Within the seven-city tour, I was given the opportunity to gain road experience, analyze two different styles of leading worship, and see the difference in worship responses according to the church culture of each specific city.
I travelled with a professional grade EVE system. I hung 24 (12 on each side) XLD 281 box line arrays supplementing them with 10 subs and 4 front fill speakers. I learned how to use a Midas Pro2c console. We used one Pro2 for FOH and one for the monitor engineer. I ran 62 channels total between both bands as well as stereo video inputs, stereo Mp3 input, and an audioreactive output. I was one of two guys that was in charge of loading and unloading the semitruck. We worked with a stage-hand company every weekend which gave me great practice in delegating jobs to other people. Our weekly schedule is listed below:
Thursday: 1:00 -10:00 p.m. Load In
Friday: 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sound Check with Brett Younker
6:30 p.m.- Doors/ 7:00-9:15: 1st Session w/ Brett Younker and David Nassar 9:30-10:00 p.m. Sound Check with Bellarive
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. Doors/ 9:00-10:30- 2nd Session w/ Bellarive and Brent Crowe 10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 3rd Session w/ Bellarive and Brent Crowe 1:00-2:30 p.m.4th Session w/ Brett Younker and Wade Morris
2:45-5:00 p.m. 5th Session w/ Brett Younker w/ Bellarive (Mega band) & Wade Morris 5:10-9:00 p.m. Load Out
This tour consisted of two different groups of musicians that led me into some of the greatest times of worship, but the cool thing is, their approaches were two totally different ways. First, you have Brett Younker from Passion. You have a grungy guitar rocking, drum shaking, and synth track mix that gets everyone on their feet with such songs as “Burning In My Soul”, “God’s Great Dance Floor”, and “Psalm 100”. Brett is an incredible leader to look too for songs that celebrate life in the Lord and that we have victory in Him. He normally speaks with a relative approach, for example, Brett would lead the congregation to read Psalm 100 collectively before singing it so that their hearts and minds might be more engaged. He would start Friday night off by talking about what worship is. He would mention that we are great worshippers of things on Earth such as football, but when it comes to God, why aren’t we shouting to the tops of our lungs like we do when Bama wins a national championship? It started the weekend off perfectly! Bellarive was a complete 180 degree difference as far as how they lead. If you through Mutemath and Bethel in together, they would look like Bellarive. These guys are not conservative in their dress. They are hipsters that look like they just came out of a homeless
shelter, but they lead with such power. Their lyrics would not be considered typical as far as today’s lyrics go. It may not always be that catchy, but it was meaningful, it was poetic. Songs were from the heart, not just from the word. Their songs were comprised of questions, revelations, and just complete in awe of God. They have a song called Tendons where the chorus just says, “rip these tendons, for they hinder my reach towards...
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