Follow our Director of Education, Earl Hoback, through his set-up as the front-of-house audio engineer for Blue Man Group in Orlando. See some of the practical, day-to-day duties of a professional sound engineer, and catch a glimpse of the show as it comes to life. Hear his perspective on entering the entertainment industry, and let him explain why our audio and music programs at F.I.R.S.T. Institute are so exceptional!



In this Audio Faculty Spotlight webisode, Earl Hoback takes us on a whirlwind tour through just a few of his responsibilities as the front-of-house engineer for the Blue Man Group, Orlando. Hoback began his own career as a performer, but found his passion in the world of audio technology and graduated from Full Sail University with an A.S. in Recording Arts at age 19. With extensive experience in the digital media industry, from recording and mixing to designing sound systems and controlling them in live shows, Hoback knows what he’s talking about when he says that anyone looking to become a sound engineer needs strong technical expertise in order to excel.


At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, “we keep the class sizes very small,” Hoback explains, so that students get the most intensive training possible, with personal attention paid to their professional and technical development every step of the way. The rapport students build with the faculty is instrumental in their training, and, as he says, it lasts forever.

Hoback’s advice to those aspiring to a career in the audio industry: get your training, keep your humility, and share your passion!

Contact F.I.R.S.T. Institute‘s admissions team today to get more information on our Recording Arts Program. You could be on your way to a career in this exciting industry and this is your first step!