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AES Introduces 121st Convention Committee Members

The 121st AES committee, from left: David Harris, Larry the O, John Strawn, Joe Alexander, Veronique Larcher, Bob Megantz, Valerie Tyler, Jim McTigue, Bob Lee, Chris Plunkett (director, convention management) and Bill Wray.

Planning for the 121st Audio Engineering Society convention, scheduled for October 5 through 8, 2006 in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, has begun in earnest with the collaboration of a committee headed once again by Chair John Strawn. Strawn reports that the all-volunteer committee began meeting in late 2005 to develop an exemplary program of papers, tutorials, master classes, workshops, exhibits, broadcast, educational, historical and special events.

“We have attracted a dedicated and eminently professional committee,” Strawn said. “Surpassing standards set by earlier conventions is a formidable challenge, but this extraordinary brain trust will not disappoint the thousands of international audio industry pros who look forward to this event all year long.”

AES executive director Roger Furness emphasizes that a number of seasoned committee members have re-enlisted for the event. “We welcome new blood to the convention committee, but the invaluable experience and unbridled enthusiasm of our returning chairs underscores their commitment. There have never been honorary committee members,” he adds. “Chairs sign on for labor intensive jobs which require both dedication and stamina. Their primary reward is the personal satisfaction they derive from seeing large audiences attending the conventions they help organize.”

The AES 121st committee members are: John Strawn, convention chair; Rob Maher and Christopher Struck, papers co-chairs; David Harris and Bob Lee, workshop co-chairs; Bob Moses and Valerie Tyler, master class and tutorials co-chairs; Jim McTigue, technical tours chair; Dottie Kreps and Josh Tidsbury, education events co-chairs; Bill Wray, historical events chair; Bob Megantz, facilities chair; Larry the O, live sound events chair; David Bialik, broadcast sessions chair; Veronique Larcher, special events chair; Joe Alexander, student volunteers chair; and Han Tendeloo, program coordinator.

This year’s technical program will maintain its traditional four-day run. However, AES executive director Roger Furness announced a format change designed to meet the evolving needs of the pro audio community. “The Technology Exhibition is now scheduled for three days, October 6 through 8, a change that reflects well-considered exhibitor requests,” Furness said.

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