Five Towns College @ Great South Bay Music Festival: Where Live Sound Takes Center Stage

Five Towns College @ Great South Bay Music Festival: Where Live Sound Takes Center Stage

Five Towns College @ Great South Bay Music Festival:
Where Live Sound Takes Center Stage

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Great South Bay Music Festival Main Stage photo by FTC Mass Communication student Imani Jenkins

When it comes to outdoor music festivals, it’s all about the sound . . . the experience is all encompassing, and the musical line-up and the overall vibe are what draws thousands of people to Long Island’s performance venues year after year. This summer @ Shorefront Park in Patchogue, the experience was no exception.

The 2019 Great South Bay Music Festival was held on July 18-21 and Five Towns College took center stage between the Main Stage and the Clamshell Bandshell. From this vantage point, FTC students managing the WFTU live radio broadcast conducted interviews of many of the terrific bands that played at this music festival all weekend long. In addition, FTC had an auxiliary tent stationed near the Jambalaya Stage where the Audio Department faculty and students had more opportunities to immerse themselves in technical aspects of the festival.

Many FTC Mass Communication students could be seen busy at work during this four-day event. They were spotted running through the crowds, blogging and interviewing audience and performers alike. They were dedicated to reporting on the event despite the intense heat wave that impacted outdoor activities on Long Island! It was a love of learning in its truest sense.

FTC senior, Imani Jenkins, a Mass Communication major reported, “The Clamshell Bandshell is sponsored by Five Towns College and some of the bands really put on a show. Ourselves + Others is from Texas and had great crowd participation.”

“On day two of the 2019 Great South Bay Music Festival, they opened up an area with crafts and vendors and a third stage called the Jambalaya Stage,” reported Mass Communication student Alex Agudelo.

Another Mass Communication student, Billo Gatzonis, reported on day three that, “Audio Recording Technology students are working on the Busker and Jambalaya stages.” Davon Young, a FTC senior concentrating in Audio Recording Technology said, “It is a really cool experience. I get to meet a lot of people that have many years of experience in live sound, so it’s great to grab some knowledge of the industry from them.”

Last, but certainly not least, the Five Towns College Admissions team could be seen alongside the WFTU station remote set. The prize wheel was spinning and hundreds of sunglasses and bracelets were distributed to the festival visitors. Admission Representatives were eager to talk to those interested about how to earn a college degree in Business (B.B.A.), Mass Communication (B.S.) or Jazz/Commercial Music (Mus.B.) and more!

The fall semester is almost here but @ Five Towns College, there is still time to enroll! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work the live sound at the Great South Bay Music Festival through the Five Towns College academic programs! Based on our own students’ feedback, the show and work experience is great; and, meeting experienced industry people is cool, too!

Ourselves + Others playing the Clamshell Bandshell; Photo by Imani Jenkins

FTC Audio Recording Technology Student Davon Young doing a sound check; Photo by Billo Gatzonis

Big Happy performing on the Jambalaya Stage; Photo by Alex Agudelo

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