Immediately after Lake Nona’s Homecoming, I packed up the van and head out in the opposite direction towards Bushnell, FL to South Sumter High School. Their homecoming was a Roaring 20′s theme and the students went all out to transform the cafeteria. Did they a superb job, too.
They have a much smaller budget, but that’s not going to pull away from having a quality dance. The lighting chosen was perfect to fill up the cafeteria (and then some) with PLENTY of color. We also brought in our Snap Yourself Silly! Photobooth for non-stop fun the whole night. Check out the photos and video below!
Every now and then, you get the perfect storm: students with non-stop energy, admin who loves to dance, the right theme, and a budget to support taking that theme to the next level. This perfect storm happens often for us, but something felt different tonight…something that made this the best homecoming ever. First of all, look at the theme: EHC – Electronic Homecoming. This is a spin on the ever-popular EDM wave which instantly sold tickets as students expected something more fun than the typical music that most homecomings may see.
Next: look at the setup. LOOK AT IT! Even we stood back and said “damn, we are good.” Some of the highlights include:
- A 20×40 truss setup
- A 56′ video wall
- Pipe and drape
- 100 balloons (provided by Lake Nona SGA) to throw at the crowd
- 2000 glowsticks
- A matrix wall
- Black Lights
- UV Bubbles
- RGB Laser Graphics
Ironically enough, we couldn’t get a haze test conducted to run the haze, but no worries… the lighting held its own just fine thanks to some fantastic live programming by Monica and Derek.
The videos– watch the videos.. wow, the energy is SO hot that you can feel it pouring out of the video. Of course, Twitter and Instagram were abuzz with the #lakenonahomecoming non-stop all night and the many weeks to follow!
Ocoee High always goes above and beyond on their themes. This year, they created a “Knight in Neverland” that capture all the awesome elements of Peter Pan.
Setup was crazy, as I had to park our huge truck in the smallest of spaces thanks to new fencing. Ocoee’s SGA quickly came to our rescue and helped us unload to help us catch up on time– they rock! Luckily, I had a minute to scare the crap out of our tech, Derek, by making a tribute to #BatDad.
Once done, we quickly struck up our new pipe and drape, which looked 10000x better than the stuff we used in the years prior. Rather than using a GOBO for a projection, we had the students make some cardboard cutouts that we lit up from behind to create a beautiful silhouette. To me, that was the highlight of the evening! We also had a fairy fly around the gym all night while the video screens projected random clips/images from Peter Pan. Our Snap Yourself Silly! photobooth was a big hit as the lines didn’t slow down at all the entire night!
Check out the pics and videos below!
Lakeland High is another one of our many schools that outsold ticket sales! How could they not? With the largest setup in Polk County history, lasers, giant screens, stupid-loud bass, and non-stop beats… this was the homecoming to top all homecomings! Then again, I’m a bit biased as a DJ as I graduated from Lakeland back in 2005…so I worked extra hard with the SGA adviser to make this the best homecoming ever! Pics and videos below!
In between all this homecoming zaniness, I stopped by Ocoee High School to get then turnt up.. and that they did! Non-stop dancing during school hours– homecoming will be insane!!!!
Mount Dora decided that they were going to do it BIG this year… and they wanted to rock with the best. We transformed their homecoming into Neon Nights as their gym turned into something they student body has never experienced before. Black lights, UV bubbles, lasers, a stellar light show, and of course yours truly on the decks.
In the lobby, we transformed the hallway with some stunning pipe and drape with vivid colors slowly changing behind it. As students walk in, the bass rumbled the trophies that adorned the walls behind the pipe and drape.
The crowd was amazing AND very appreciative of the best homecoming Mount Dora has ever seen! The SGA advisor, Mr. Betancourt, and SGA truly outdid themselves! Pics and video below!
Paul and Christina are a great couple who just wanted to party!! They hosted their beautiful reception at the Safety Harbor Resort in Tampa, FL. The ballroom was pretty enough by itself, but the uplighting we brought in on the columns around the dance floor plus the monogram made the room uniquely theirs. Add in a stylish dance floor wash and they had the perfect ambience that they had in mind!
Their guests were great, and we all cut up quite a few jokes… they made Kelly and I feel like family… love it! Plus, Paul and Christina are one of the most appreciative couples we’ve met, and that’s the best type of client in the world! Pics and videos below!
I stopped by more schools to give them a taste of what their homecomings will be like. For Colonial, I came in on behalf of DJ Hitman; East River had me represent DJ D-Lyfe (who’s also with 102 Jamz Orlando).
Pics and video below!
Cypress Creek NEVER disappoints. The students are always bringing in more energy than we’d expect and they always crave more! LOVE IT! This year, the dance was hosted at the beautiful Sheraton Lake Buena Vista, where the staff made everyone, including us, feel like royalty!
Lasers, black lights, strobes, and 360º of lighting turned this elegant hotel room into something nightclubs wish they looked like! Pics and video below!
In between the 4SchoolsOnly “Lucky 13″ Homecoming Tour, I always stop by schools to give them a taste of what homecoming will be like… after all, there’s a reason our schools always sell more tickets than expected!
Check out the photos and video below of Mount Dora High and Lakeland High