NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Belmont University’s annual Best of the Best Showcase honored Bandit Lites with the 2013 Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence. The event took place on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Curb Event Center and was hosted by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Brent Barrett, Bandits’ business development officer, accepted the award on behalf of Bandit Lites.
Wesley Bulla, Dean of the Curb College stated, “Bob Mulloy loved creating opportunities for students to experience the music industry first hand through programs like our showcase series. Today, this program has become a rich tradition on Belmont's campus. Without the partnership with Bandit Lites, our students would not have the chance to produce the high-caliber shows we’ve seen over the past 10 years. These partners have not just loaned equipment for shows, the professionals from Bandit have given graciously of their time and energy, helped train and guide students during showcases, participated in workshops and internships, and made commitments to help our students that are beyond our expectations. Bandit is truly a partner in education, exemplifying the true spirit and purpose of excellence in their service to our industry, to the Curb College, Belmont University, and most of all to our students’ success.”
Previous honorees include Donna Hilley, Vince Gill, Harry “Hap” Peebles and the International Entertainment Buyers Association and Mike Curb.
For the last ten years, Bandit has worked with the showcase series to teach students the real world aspects of lighting design. From quoting and budgets, to discussions with Bandit project managers regarding the feasibility, practicality and safety of the students’ designs, the showcase series culminates in the production of an actual concert with Bandit providing the system and technician for the 2,000-person concert.
“These students are the future of our industry,” saidBarrett. “This program applies a ‘real world’ teaching processwhich serves as an important compliment to the more academic portion of their education.
Past alumni of the program include Erik Parker, Chris Shrom, Mike Macario, Aaron Luke, Greg Saffles, Chad Chapman, Chelsea Gill, Philip Hagood and Daniel Rehbein.
Tim Creedoncreated the lighting design for the event, with additional support from project manager Shawn Lear and lighting technician Charles Albea.
“All of our project managers and techs that work the showcase events go the extra mile in not just the planning and build of the lighting system, but also making it a teaching experience as well,” added Barrett.
About Bandit Lites, Inc.
Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace. From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you.