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The i550 Events Story

Way back in May of 1983, I met Neal Sutton. I was 14 years old and as circumstances would have it, I had plenty of room for a good role-model/father-figure in my life. Neal became that for me and continues to be, although now that I'm over 40 it seems more peer-like as time goes on. So, Neal and technology got along so well that he handled the computer work for all-district and all-region band tryouts back in the 80's. As I grew up also being technologically-inclined, I helped Neal with honor-band auditions wherever there was opportunity, from Quitman to Bridgeport (Texas), often driving in from college to lend a hand. I had a knack for being both fast and accurate with the data.

So, it turns out after I received my math degrees from HSU in Arkadelphia, I stayed to get a music degree and was Neal's assistant band director in Atlanta (TX). Guess who was the region chairperson? Neal. Guess who typed all of those all-region honor-band entries into the computer? Me. That's right, per event per year that was 1200 names, 1200 instruments, 1200 schools, 1200 grades, and so on...

Even when I was 8th grade director in Lindale, I was running the data portion of events for the region band auditions (at the time w/chairperson Denney Whitley in Whitehouse, TX).

So, after three years of teaching band (three years of Sweepstakes, I like to add), I had an opportunity to get into the vaguely-named "Information Systems" industry, where my programs and processes handle millions of financial transactions every month. Even after I left directing, I would still assist Neal with the ATSSB All-State auditions; we certainly had "our system" down.  I vowed to help my fellow band directors with online registration and I followed through with that vow. That system has been used for over a decade.

It has all evolved to this. I've been plenty busy with life (translation=children) over the last 10 years and finally decided to do this on a bigger scale and add some great, new features.  I hope you will remember i550 Events for your next ticketed event or event that could benefit from online registration.

--Chris

 

(Neal is now the best tour organizer in the world for student groups at Unique Travels.)

 

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Irving, TX 75063, USA

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