This year starts with the addition of new LED lighting to the inventory. We had purposely kept lighting purchases to a minimum, but with just about everything getting smaller and more powerful, it was time to take a small leap into lighting world. Also added was more A/V gear, which included VGA distribution amps, a whole lot of VGA cable and other A/V gadgets. Though VGA is on its way out, it still has significant use in audiovisual productions.
We have added the Pioneer DDJ-SR DJ Controller to our inventory. We are finally transitioning from CD based music playback to laptop based. We did try it earlier with a more basic Numark unit as a test bed, it worked great. Unfortunately, loading all the music is quite the task. We have gotten a lot of our library loaded, but still more to go.
Happy New Year!
August marks the beginning of the end of summer and starts the process of kids returning to school. 98.6 Sound in collaboration with the Laurel Board of Trade and the City of Laurel initiated and sponsored the Back 2 School Jam. This event provides not only a fun time, but also free school supplies to the students of Laurel. The city is now in its 3rd year of the Back to School Jam. This year's entertainment was the always energetic Slagz Band from Baltimore, MD.
As we entered into May, we provided production services for the city of Laurel's largest annual event, the Laurel Main Street Festival. This is our 5th consecutive year as the sound and entertainment provider for the main stage, which also hosts the reviewing area for the event's kick-off parade. A very welcomed piece to the event was a new and much larger stage. This year's headliner was the Fruition Experience Band from Baltimore, MD.
January through March is typically our slow season. In the mid-Atlantic region this year it seemed that old man winter did not want to leave. We always use this time for training and equipment maintenance, as well as cleaning our inventory pieces to ensure a nice professional look.