58th Annual Veterans Day Concert - 23rd Army Band
Posted by: Tyler Robinson - Systems Tech on November 12, 2013
The 58th Annual Veterans Day concert was held at the Jon M. Huntsman Center at the University of Utah and featured the 23rd Army Band along with a 700 Voice Choir. The Utah National Guard’s, 23rd Army Band, has a rich and wonderful history as an internationally distinguished military band. As Utah’s premier military music unit, the 23rd Army Band has been providing music for military ceremonies for over 87 years.
This event may be a challenge for some but not for Poll Sound, our experienced engineers, technicians and equipment were able to deliver audio perfection to all attendees and performers. The Huntsman Center is well known for its very poor weight limitations which makes it very difficult to get a large enough PA into the air to cover the audience area accurately. For this reason we deployed L-Acoustics Kiva line arrays and D&B audiotechnik T series line arrays for the main PA. These line arrays are baby line arrays but don't be fooled by their size, they pack a punch! Using these smaller enclosures we were able to fly four arrays of 9 boxes per array; this provided even coverage from the top of the seating area to the bottom of the seating area. To cover the floor we used L-Acoustics 12XT Loudspeakers and to satisfy the low end needs we deployed three L-Acoustics SB15's per side. The transparency and clarity from the PA was outstanding and made the orchestra, band and 700 Voice Choir image as if they were right next to you.
To cover the monitoring needs of the Choir we used L-Acoustics Kara line arrays in a ground stacked configuration; we had two arrays of five Kara enclosures. Monitoring for the choir, band, pianist and conductor was a mixture of L-Acoustics 8XT's, Electro Voice XW12's and Sennheiser G3 In-Ear Monitors. Shure AXIENT wireless was used for all vocal soloists and the spectrum manager coordinated all wireless frequencies and ensured that we had zero dropouts.
At the front of house mix position we had a Yamaha CL5 that was operated by Poll Sounds Aaron Kopp, at the monitor mix position on a Yamaha CL3 was Tyler Robinson and our outstanding Stage Tech was Brian Brady. With a full Band, 700 Voice Choir and a full orchestra we quickly reached over 60 inputs. Using Yamaha Rio 3224-D's we had one upstage right, another upstage center and another one stage left near monitor world. With this placement of Rio's we were able to keep short cable runs to the mics and eliminate a traditional split-snake.
The event was a huge success and was a great tribute to our nations military and to the Veterans that have given us our freedom.
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