About The Tour
The 180 Tour has performed close to 400 assemblies in over 35 states since 2006. Over the past 5 years we have fine tuned our winning formula to offer a unique assembly experience that captures the attention, mind, and hearts of students as well as their educators.
The national speakers we use have been hand picked for their ability to capture an audience as well as their unique life experience message. We inject some entertainment with national recording artists and bands that echo the same message as the speaker to form a powerful team.
The 180 Tour is content heavy, with just the right amount of fun to help ensure a strong connection with all students.
In a world where today’s youth are jaded and disappointed by institutions and people they perceive as out of touch with the reality of their lives, Brooks Gibbs is a refreshing change from the typical speaker.
Brooks understands the pressures, heartaches, temptations, hopes, and dreams of the generation that is just now coming of age. Students listen in transfixed silence as he speaks with the clarity and confidence of someone twice his years.
Brooks grew up in a dysfunctional family shattered by divorce and addiction. As a result his amazing story is one of learning disabilities and emotional insecurities turned into a compelling tale of life transformation! Blending truth and humor, his story is powerful and relevant to all who hear him.
Growing up in a broken home and dealing with issues of anger, acceptance and unforgiveness, Tom knows the struggles students and young adults face as they work through any number of their own issues as a result of the broken relationships in their personal lives. Through humor, and participation, Tom delivers messages that create understanding and restoration with others that can then help people overcome the struggle of unforgiveness in their own lives.
Defining moments — regardless how unthinkable, tragic or seemingly insurmountable they may be — can deepen your character and serve as catalysts to your making a vast difference in the world around you.
Author and speaker Crystal Woodman Miller experienced her life’s supreme defining moment on April 20, 1999, when she faced the grim reality of her friends’ deaths – as well as the prospect of her own at Columbine High School, site of one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. Her nightmare lasted for seven minutes – a snapshot in time underneath a heavy wooden library table— this experience would serve as the ultimate wake-up call to live life to the fullest.
We utilize the best speakers and artists in the industry to ensure a quality assembly program for your school.
Much has happened since VOTA’s INO Records debut album release. Some of the highlights include a top 10 radio single, 4 consecutive national tours with bands Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, Barlow Girl and Superchick, a trip to Europe, the startup of a touring/production company, and the launch of a non-profit called The 180 Tour that has performed over 400 character based assembly programs in public high schools in over 35 states. And VOTA is just getting started. As momentum builds, VOTA continues to define its bold and mysterious name on a path all its own, and those who come in contact can’t help but follow.
“VOTA is, at its core, a group of guys who write good songs around diverse music, and we don’t want to be pigeonholed into a certain style,” lead singer Bryan Olesen offers. “There’s a lot of variety in our music,” he continues, “from some really rockin’ songs to those with more of an acoustic flair.”
Rock/Pop/Synth band Satellites & Sirens spent 2010 relentlessly touring in support of their self-titled debut record on Word/Warner Bros.
An energetic live show and a desire to meet new fans quickly turned the Nashville, TN four-piece into a successful touring act. Many took notice, including MTV who featured them front and center on their website as one of their “Needle in a Haystack” artists.
In addition to any mainstream attention they received, they were also nominated for two Dove Awards stemming from their successful debut record. S&S garnered strong reviews across the board and they were a breakout success on radio with their hit rock single “Anchor”.
Remedy Drive, a high-energy rock band from Nashville, TN, has David Zach on lead vocals, guitar, and electric piano; Timmy Jones on drums and backing vocals; Corey Horn on bass and backing vocals; and Dave Mohr on guitars and backing vocals. The band’s most recent release is a five song EP called “Light Makes a Way.” Remedy Drive is one of the hardest working bands touring today, consistently playing between 150-200 shows per year.
The original band, made up of Zach and his three brothers, began in 1998. They released six independent projects before their first major label release, “Daylight is Coming”, which was released in 2008. This put Remedy Drive into the national spotlight when their single “All Along” went to number 1 on CHR radio for seven weeks and into the top 10 of the AC charts as well. The video for “Daylight” was voted the number 1 music video of 2008 for the TVU Network.
“It is our desire to be a band of servants, humbly offering our gifts and talents to present a positive message to our audience.”
Although young – their ages ranging from 20 to 26 – Sixteen Cities are veterans to the life of music ministry, and are focused on bringing this generation a positive message of hope and perseverance. The band is currently recording their 2nd full-length album with Centricity Music, and expect to release their next single in early 2012.