Tonal Innovation Releases UNISON Application for Marching Bands

LSU Band at President's Welcome Event

Tonal Innovation company co-founder Daniel Wendt leads the LSU Tiger Marching Band as the Drum Major. His company will release a new software application that can digitize paper sheet music.Photo Credit: LSU

BATON ROUGE - LSU Student Incubator company Tonal Innovation will release its UNISON Application, which allows marching bands to upload digitized sheet music and marching drill to the cloud and share with members in their program, instead of using paper sheet music. 

Tonal Innovation’s founders, Garrett Kessling from St. Rose, La., and Daniel Wendt from Denham Springs, La., are both 2016 graduates and former Tiger Band members. Kessling graduated with a degree in business management. Wendt graduated with a finance degree, then came back to LSU as a graduate student and as Drum Major for the LSU marching band.

They utilized the LSU Student Incubator to launch their company. They developed “eFlip,” a device to attach smart phones and small tablets to musical instruments, and utilized ProtoStripes, the prototyping center at the LSU Innovation Park, to design and make their product.  They then developed UNISON, the app that compliments eFlip and has enough storage to hold the musical inventory that marching bands require.

Daniel Wendt and Garrett Kessling, Tonal Innovation

Tonal Innovation co-founders Daniel Wendt and Garrett Kessling.Photo Credit: LSU

“The average collegiate marching band has about 200 members, 40 songs in their flip books, and they learn about five to six shows per season,” Wendt said. “That’s a lot of paper, ink, time and money spent on something that gets thrown away after the season is over. Digital takes that factor away.”

Tonal Innovation utilized fellow LSU Student Incubator graduate company, Cyberfision, to build the app, which will be available in stores next month. In June, Kessling and Wendt attended the CBDNA Athletic Band Director’s Conference to present their concept, “How Bands can go Paperless.” The successful presentation motivated the University of Oklahoma to purchase 350 software licenses for their band. Tonal Innovation currently has signed up five bands for the software and are answering requests nationally.

More information can be found on their Facebook page:

LSU Student Incubator

The LSU Student Incubator is located at the LSU Innovation Park and is for student entrepreneurs interested in developing a business while pursuing their academic degree. For more information, contact LSU Student Incubator Manager Kenny Anderson at 225-578-7555. 



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