G8 ~ Smithsonian Castle
G8 ~ Blair House
G8 ~ Camp David
NATO Summit ~ Chicago
US China Business Council
Discovery Shuttle Arrival @ Udvar-Hazy Center
Suburban Hospital Showcase 2012
BASF @ Mandarin Oriental
Carlyle Group @ National Building Museum
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Children's Cancer Foundation Inc. ~ Celebrity Ball
United Way of Central Maryland ~ Journey Home Gala
Living Social @ The Gaylord Resort
The Hero Summit @ Institute of Peace
Junior Achievement Awards
Amway ~ Gaylord Resort
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend ~ Fall 2012
This two-day event held outside in Emmitsburg, Maryland was conceived as a tribute to America's Fire Service. The NFFM is one of the country's most beautiful dedications to courage and unselfish service. For nine years, MHA Audio has provided sound systems for this event. A flown Martin W8LC speaker system is used outside for both the Candlelight Service and the Memorial Service.
Audio crew: FOH/Bruce Nelms, A2/Keith Suffecool
For more information about the NFFM, go to www.firehero.org.
G50 Nuclear Security Summit ~ Washington, DC April 2010
The largest gathering of heads of state and government, with Leaders from 47 Nations, as well as the United Nations, the Intl Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union came together in Washington, DC to advance their commitment to nuclear security at the highest levels. MHA Audio Inc working with Showcall, Inc provided all of the sound requirements for this historic event.
G20 ~ The Pittsburgh Summit 2009
The Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, a group of twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from around the world including President Obama, met at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. With our partners Showcall Inc,
MHA Audio provided 15 sound systems for the event, which included over 2400 press mults. Showcall's principals Ajay Patil & Blayne Candy stated, "The audio services were very well executed and were a critical element to the success of the summit. Your maximum flexibility combined with your tireless efforts made for a seamless design and planning process as well as a smooth and issue-free installation and event."
Pope Benedict XVI Papal Mass ~ Nationals Stadium ~ Washington, DC
Washington, DC 4/17/08 - As the first non-Baseball event for the new Nationals Stadium, the Papal Mass presented an interesting set of challenges for us.
Tricked out with 450 EAW MK Series loudspeakers, a massive $250,000 Crown Audio amplifier stack, and an all-digital Yamaha-based mixing system, Washington, D.C.'s new 41,888-seat Nationals Park is one of Major League Baseball's premiere ballparks when it comes to audio support. But even sports venues with the latest and greatest technology face challenges when they attempt to program non-sports-related activities.
Indeed, when Pope Benedict XVI scheduled a mass at Nationals Park on April 17, the event's producers had an acoustical challenge on their hands that would vex any ballpark, no matter how good the sound system.
The mass was configured with the stage fixed close and parallel to the centerfield wall, facing out to an outfield that would seat hundreds of the 47,000 who would attend the event, not to mention a choir and other interested parties. If the stage had been positioned in the middle of the field, say between second and third base, the angle of the native EAW loudspeakers rimming the perimeter of the venue would have been just fine—there wouldn't have been a delay problem for those situated on the field, because they'd be positioned virtually equidistant to all the speakers. But since the stage for the mass was at one end, it would have been impossible to time-align the native audio system to the stage.
Ultimately, MHA designed a scheme built around two 60-foot steel towers flanking the stage. The total speaker array included 32 Martin Audio W8L Longbow Line-Array speakers, 16 either side of the massive stage, 30 Martin W8LC speakers, 6 Martin WSX subwoofers, and 2 Martin WT3 enclosures.
MHA Audio worked closely with Martin Audio UK to acoustically map the venue in the company's own Display predictive software in order to determine the optimal angles for the line-array speakers, which had a 550-foot throw to the farthest seat.
The Mass wasn’t just about clear spoken word reproduction, because on stage right, behind the speaker tower a 700-member choir and an orchestra of 50 performed throughout. Entertainment included notable opera singers Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves who performed prior to the mass.
The MHA crew consisted of Mike Scarfe assisted by Robert Bowers/System Techs, Zane Marshall assisted by Peter Maher at FOH; David Colella assisted by Tom Buckley, Monitors on the Orchestral Stage and Gavin Pearce, assisted by Bruce Coffman, Monitors on the Entertainment Stage. Additional crew were: Bruce Nelms, Keith Suffecool and Mike Moats.
Our client, Showcall Inc, an event company specializing in large, high threat events, was thrilled with the results. The representative from Vatican Radio, Roberto Calcigioni, was very enthusiastic stating that his prior use of Martin Audio in Europe had always been a positive experience.
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Mideast Peace Summit ~ Annapolis, MD November 27, 2007
Representatives from 40 countries met in Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy to discuss a possible peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Coordinating with the State Department, WHCA and Showcall Inc., MHA Audio provided the sound reinforcement system for this historic meeting. Leaders speaking included President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas.
O'Malley Inauguration ~ January 2007
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley was sworn as Maryland's New Governor on the steps of the state capital in Annapolis. Later that evening at the Baltimore Convention Center, The Governor's Inaugural Ball included performances by O'Malley's March, The Saw Doctors and Kool and the Gang. MHA Audio provided the sound systems for both events.
Air Force Memorial Dedication~ October 2006
Arlington, VA––Appropriately enough, the new Air Force Memorial is marked by three arched stainless steel spires that soar 270 feet in the sky with a commanding view of the Pentagon, the Potomac River and the Washington, D.C. area.
Designed to evoke the Air Force's Flying Thunderbirds' "bomb burst" maneuver, the memorial is counterbalanced by a 10' x 9' contemplation wall made of fine layers of glass and engraved with Air Force planes performing the "missing man" formation. Fifty-six foot long black granite inscription walls at each end of the central lawn complete the monument.
The dedication ceremonies literally happened on two levels. At the memorial site, there was an open-air event attended by over 1,500 military VIPs, government dignitaries and distinguished guests who had raised money for the memorial. Highlights included thunderous flyovers, speeches by President Bush, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and others along with music by the Air Force Concert Band & The Singing Sergeants.
Down below, the Pentagon’s South Parking Lot, accommodated an additional overflow of 40,000 guests with a display of jets and helicopters and a 50' stage for a concert featuring the Air Force Band's R&B/rap/hip-hop/funk contemporary offshoot, Max Impact, and country artist, Lee Ann Womack. All of the additional guests in the South lot and another overflow site with 7,500 more guests were able to view the ceremonies in real time via a live Satellite feed.
At the Memorial MHA AUDIO set up two stages, one on the left side of the Memorial for speakers and dignitaries, and one on the right for the Air Force Band, which was totally self-contained with a Digico D5, a complete Neumann mic package and their own technicians.
We hung six Martin Audio W8LC's on two ALC S-60 towers and situated them far left and far right for as low a profile as possible and then used two Martin W8C's stage left of one stage and two stage right of the other to bring the focus into the middle.
The rest of the audio system at the memorial ceremonies included a Midas Venice 320 console, two Klark Teknik DN360 EQ's, a BSS DPR402 comp/limiter and a Klark Teknik DN410 Parametric EQ. The system was driven by XTA DP226 processors and Martin Audio MA 4.2 amplifiers.
Down at the South Parking lot, the stage system consisted of 10 Martin Audio W8L’s and 6 WLS subs a side, along with a Midas Venice 320, 8-channel TC EQ Station, two BSS DPR402 comp/limiters and a Klark Teknik DN410 Parametric EQ. Lee Ann Womack and Max Impact provided their own FOH and monitor package.
In addition we flew 48 Martin W8LC's on two delay rings to provide coverage for 40,000 people in an area over nine hundred feet deep. Each of the two arcs, positioned 300 ft. and 600 ft. from the stage included four towers of six W8LC. The signal was distributed via a Lectrosonics UHF system.
When asked about the Air Forces reaction, our client Kim Frame, working for Showcall, Inc. concludes, "Air Force Major General, Edward F. Grillo, was very excited and thrilled with the event."
Human Rights Campaign ~ Washington, DC / October 1, 2005
The Human Rights Campaign celebrated 25 years with its annual National Dinner in Washington, DC. "On the Road to Equality" dinner and fundraiser honored NAACP chairman Julian Bond, Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and civil rights leader Wanda Alston. HRC is the largest GLBT advocacy organization in the nation.
More than 2500 attendees, including corpoate executives and employees representing over 90 companies, enjoyed performances by Kimberly Locke, Sam Harris and the B-52's.
A Grammy Award-winning muscian, Cyndi Lauper has become a national leader in the fight for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and was honored with this year's Human Rights Campaign National Equality Award. The award was presented to Cyndi by friends Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52's. NAACP Chariman Julian Bond, who has been working for social change and promoting civil rights for more than four decades, received the Human Rights Campaign National Civil Rights Award. Equal rights leader, Wanda Aston, was awarded the National Capital Area Leadership Award, posthumously.
All the attendees were treated to an after party featuring the B-52's, who entertained the crowd with hits, "Channel Z", "Private Idaho", "Roam", "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster".
For more info on HRC, please visit www.hrc.org
The Boeing Company ~ February 24, 2005
The Boeing Company proudly hosted the official rollout of the first KC-767 advanced aerial refueling tanker on February 24, 2005, at the Boeing-Witchita Development and Modification Center. The rollout marks the completion of essential structural modification to the aircraft in preparation for flight-testing and certification for use by the Italian Air Force.
This KC-767 Tanker is the first of four being built for the italian Air Force, and is scheduledf for delivery into the Italian Air Force inventory in April 2006. The Boeing tanker program is also contracted to build four, KC-767 advanced tankers for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force.
The live audience for the event included Boeing's top executives, U.S. and Italian government representatives and military officials. The event required a variety of audio needs for both the live audience in the hangar and to press from both the U.S. and Italy.
Long time associate, Showcall, Inc. contracted MHA Audio to provide the audio for this innovatiove presentation. Martin W8L Line Array and WSX subs were deployed along with Martin LE12J floor monitors, Midas Venice 320 console and XTA Electronics processing.
2005 Heartsongs Gala ~ February 26, 2005
The Heartsong Gala began in February 2003 to celebrate poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek's philosophy and message of peace, joy and "listening to your heartsong". Before Mattie succumbed to neuromuscular disease in June, he expressed his desire that the gala continue for years to come to raise much needed funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year the "Orient Express" themed gala was held at the Ritz Carlton, 22nd and M streets, Washington, DC. The event featured top name performers including world renowned swing and big band act, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; five time Oscar and Grammy award winning recording artist Christopher Cross; and country sensation Billy Gilman.
The RFK Human Rights Award - May 2004
The RFK Human Rights Award is presented annually to heroic women and men, who at great personal risk, stand up to oppression in their fight for human rights. MHA Audio provided a discreet sound system for this year's event at Hickory Hill, home to Robert and Ethel Kennedy. The entertainment was provided by Jack Jones and Bravo Broadway with an introduction by Charles Grodin.