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Testimonials and Notes:

“The University of Notre Dame has used the staff of Stewart Independent Production for twenty years to support both our large and small concert productions. We’ve made this choice because of Stewart’s knowledge of the concert industry and event production needs, professionalism and willingness to work within the parameters we establish for each show.”

Peggy Hnatusko

Director of Student Activities

University of Notre Dame

Dear Shannon,

You are the MAN! Without you, there is never any SUB concert and we cannot thank you enough for all the work you do with us and help you provide year in and year out. Regardless, thank you for you and your staff’s efforts once again in helping us throw an amazing concert. You’re the best and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Thank you!

SUB Executive Board

University of Notre Dame 2015

Dear Shannon,

We are deeply grateful for your help to make our Commencement Ball such a success. Your outstanding expertise and vision transformed the Century Center into a beautiful setting we could call our own for this very special occasion. Thank you for your patient help in orchestrating the lighting and sound production, as you answered our many questions and successfully designed an evening that exceeded our hopes for the theme and decor. Throughout our four years working  with you, we have always been able to count on your professional leadership and quality production. Your hard work is much appreciated and does not go unnoticed at the University.

Thank you again for your meaningful support which allowed the Class of 2008 to have a fun and memorable week to celebrate Notre Dame.

In Notre Dame,

Class of 2008 and Senior Week Chairperson

Century Center Commencement Ball, South Bend IN.


Thanks for your support of the pep rally last night.  The production you put on was great and was a huge step up over our own efforts last year.  The ability to have music made all the difference, as well as a clear sounding mic.  I really appreciated your tips and look forward to working with you in the future. 

Thanks again.


Barrick Bollman

Student Representative to the Athletics Department

University of Notre Dame 2010


I wanted to thank you again for all the help you and your crew provided us this weekend.  I personally had a great time working with you.  Not only was it fun but I definitely learned a lot.  I look forward to meeting with you in a few weeks and hopefully in the coming years. If there is anything you need or if you have any questions, feel free to email me. 

Thanks again.

Tyler Gregory

2011 Keenan Revue, FOH Director

Hi Shannon,

This is Fr. Eric Cruz, rector of Keenan Hall. I just wanted to thank you for the great work and support that you and your crew gave us over the three days of the Revue. Thanks also for your work on behalf of ND and the Revue over the last several years. I'll certainly recommend your services to the next rector for next year's Revue.

Again, thanks very much.

Fr E

Father Eric Cruz

Rector, Keenan Hall, University of Notre Dame

Shannon ,

Thanks for making the Revue such a great show.  Everyone was really impressed by the production improvements this year and I expect we will carry all of that forward for the future.  The photos are a big help.

The Keenan guys really love working with you and your staff.  Thanks for bringing all their hard work to life!



Noel Terranova

Rector, Keenan Hall, Keenan Revue 2014, University of Notre Dame

Thanks, Shannon. Your guys were very professional and sensitive to the needs of all the groups, and we appreciate that. Your evaluation of how best to do the Voices of Faith gospel choir turned out to be exactly right. Since Matt Merten conducted that piece, I went up to the balcony and listened and everything was clear.



Larry Dwyer

Director of Jazz Studies

Collegiate Jazz Festival 2011

University of Notre Dame


Thank you so much for everything you did for us during CJF. It ran so great, and I think everything sounded awesome. I really appreciated everything and all of the help you were. I just wanted to check to see if you had made recordings like you usually do. A few of the groups had asked if there would be recordings available, so I wanted to check with you first. Let me know when you can and thanks again for everything!



Samuel Dwight Bungum

University of Notre Dame

Mendoza College of Business


Class of 2014

“Finding the right fit for your college can be challenging, however Shannon Stewart made my first concert experience better than imaginable.  I was referred to Shannon by Rick Gorbette of Even Resources Presents.  Last year was the first time that Adrian College had done a “Big Spring Concert” and we had used someone local for the job.  After talking to Rick, I felt that I needed to branch out and push for a company that was going to be the right fit for Adrian College.  After reaching out to Shannon, and several phone calls later, I realized that Stewart Independent was the right path to take.  From my first conversation on the phone with Shannon, to the night of the concert, I was very confident in the job that he would do.  Shannon came to Adrian and did a campus tour so he could see the venue in which the concert was to be held.  From stage set up the night before until tear down after the concert, Shannon made himself available for any questions or concerns that I had.  The crew of Stewart Independent is very passionate about their job and made it a great experience for the students who helped before and during the concert.  The concert was a huge success and the comments I received from students, faculty, staff, and my co-workers assures me that I chose the right company for the concert.  The relationship they establish with their clients is beyond what I expected and I can’t wait to work with them again on next year’s concert.”

Molly Valasek

Director Student Activities

Adrian College 2010

Again, thank you for all of your help, and your professional attitude and skills to make our show run without any glitches.  I did really enjoy myself and I think that the relationship that the school has with your company can only grow stronger through the coming years.

Todd Conley

Director Student Activities

Adrian College 2011


Thank you!  Thank you for a great show!  I really appreciate the professional attitude that you and your crew bring to the show. I really appreciate the professional equipment and level of show that comes with your services here at Adrian College.  I have never gotten so many compliments from the ARTISTS saying how much of a step up our show is compared to normal "College Shows".

Thanks for all that you do! 


Todd Conley

Director of Campus Life

Adrian College 2012


It truly has been a pleasure working with you over the past few years.  I have learned a lot and experienced more than I expected through our Spring Concert program. To update you on a few things that WILL be coming your way in the near future, we are currently working with Eli at Event Resources to secure an artist for our Spring show.

I really hope that we work together in the future.  If you are ever working in the Florida Keys, that is where I will be for the foreseeable future.

With best regards,


Todd Conley

Director of Campus Life

Adrian College 2013

Hi Shannon,

I want to thank you and your crew for all your hard work. Dan, Mati and crew were phenomenal to work with. It definitely made my job easier and kept my stress levels down.

You have an excellent team and I hope to work together again in the future!


Katrina Wotten

Student Activities Coordinator

Adrian College 2014


I so appreciate your team and all you do for our show. Your crew doses excellent work! On behalf of the Student Life Department I thank you!!

See you again next year,


Katrina Wotten

Student Activities Coordinator

Adrian College 2015

Dear Shannon,

Although we have not met, I am told that you are extremely helpful and competent in helping us produce our spring concert at Adrian College. Dean Schmidli told our Senior Team last week that our successful concerts are a direct result of all you do for us.  

Thank you very much,

Jeff Docking, President

President’s Office of Adrian College

Adrian College 2015


Thanks again for helping make sure the show went without a hitch. We couldn’t be more pleased. We would be eager to connect again for a follow-up conversation. The dust will begin to settle for us in about two weeks, and I’ll be in contact.

Thanks again!


Christopher A. Waugh

Associate Dean of Students

Director, John and Christine Gates Center for Leadership & Personal Growth

Lake Forest College

I wanted to say thank you again for your help with our Spring Concert this past Saturday, April 25th. The feedback from the students following the concert has been incredible. Furthermore, the help that was provided to the Entertainment Committee before, during, and after the concert was one of a kind. Throughout the night, you and Chris were consistently professional.  Whether it was through your communication or aiding us with the show, both of you became a huge asset to the success of the performance. The quality of your work is truly one of a kind. It was a pleasure to work with both of you, and I will leave your contact information with E. Team for future concerts.

Justin Carrero

Spring Concert Chair

Lake Forest College 09'

Good Morning Matt and Shannon,


I would like to thank both of you from the bottom of my heart for all your help and hard work in helping make Saturday a night to remember.


Vandana is still on cloud 9 and we both are very humbled from the love everyone showed us during the event.


I am so happy to have met such gentlemen as you both and only have well wishes for your future.


Once again, thank you so much for your time and dedication.


Ajay Patel

Thanks again for a great show.  It was a pleasure to work with you and everyone else.  We had a great time hosting you.


Lawrence P. Mannolini III

Director of Student Programs and Leadership Development

Lycoming College

Thank you Shannon,

Without all your help and persistence, we wouldn't have gotten this far.  I am very grateful.


Lawrence P. Mannolini III

Director of Student Programs and Leadership Development, Lycoming College

2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Program Committee Logistics Coordinator,

National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)

Dear Shannon and crew,

Thank you so much for all of your help in planning SMC Tostal 2012! Tostal was a huge success! Thank you so much for being so accommodating with our budget and the artist! We really appreciate all you do with tech for us! We look forward to working with you in the future!

Best regards,

Saint Mary’s College

Student Activities Board

“Shannon is the best in the business.  His production company can provide everything from tech support for a small concert to a larger than life concert!  I had the pleasure of working with him at the University of Notre Dame and continue to work with him and Stewart Independent Production, LLC with the Village of Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.  He works well with people of all ages and backgrounds!

Erin Byrne

Talent Buyer

Vernon Hills Summer Celebration

Hi Erin,

I just want to personally thank you for having the Tropixplosion band play at the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.  The Vernon Hills Festival is run so professionally and at such a high standard it makes playing so rewarding for us. It's what every Festival should be like, but unfortunately it's not the norm.  We had a great time.  I would be glad to let anyone in your organization know how great it is.

Thanks again,

Roger Reupert



I can’t Thank You and your Crew enough. You guys bring it! I was really impressed this year. I finally got the true feel of your group. The band of brothers is solid. I hope our relationship grows. I think the cool thing is that every band commented that this production co. is top notch. The Jersey Boys, (Smithereens), said to me personally they thought this stage and sound company was one of the best things they have seen on the road in a very long time. Keep doing what you do my friend, because you really do a Great Job! Say hey to Chris and Frostee. Those are two cool dudes!

I’m looking forward to next year..

Shannon take care.
As always, Keep the Rock a Rolling! :)


Matthew Bartlett

Summer Celebration Committee

Vernon Hills IL.

Shannon, you are a true professional.



Michael Allison

City Manager

Vernon Hills IL

"Stewart Independent Production always brings the right gear and the right personnel to our events. I have used Shannon for our productions, concerts, special events, and install work for over ten years and have always been impressed by his professionalism and expertise. He has a great work mentality and his attention to detail is one of the main reasons we call him time and time again. He always goes the extra mile."

Tom Wilcome

Technical Production Director

Grand Rapids First Assembly of God

“As a non-profit, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) is continually searching for leaders with targeted skills who will strengthen our team and enable us to move forward.  When  committed itself to distinctive, high quality programming we knew a top notch production team would be a requirement.  We were extremely fortunate to cross paths with Shannon Stewart and his crew at Stewart Independent early in our foray into live performance.  Shannon assisted with the design and construction of our 400-seat theatre, (a gem of a facility that has hosted and received rave reviews from) entertainers including Michael Feinstein, Colin Hay, Dave Mason, Marcia Ball, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more), working with us to create a flexible space suitable for live theatre, music, comedy, dance, cinema, lectures, and more.  Since christening the theatre in April 2007, Shannon has served as our Production Manager, helping us provide outstanding service to performers, renters, and our audiences.

Shannon and his crew have a tremendous attention to detail - for all aspects of a live show or presentation - and the highest level of professionalism. He and his team work hand-in-hand with our Program Director and House team, delivering an array of services to ensure outstanding live performances time after time.  They have set a very high bar at the SCA -- one that another

production crew would be at pains to reach.”

Kristin Armstrong

Executive Director

Saugatuck Center for the Arts


I meant to get this e-mail out on Friday, but got sidetracked.  Thank you so much for your help on Friday evening.  I don’t thank you enough for backing me up each and every time I need some assistance!!  Making the electrical repairs on the spot not only saved the SCA some money and a weekend call, but also ensured the safety of MSW staff!  I really appreciate your always being there for us, even on things well outside of a production manager’s job description.  I think my phone just auto dials you when I have an issue.  However, on the next project / crisis we need to work on… I would just as soon not be the person responsible to separate you from the electrical outlet, should you get the jolt…  so glad it didn’t come to that.  Thanks again, Shannon!!  You’ll never know just how much I appreciate you. You’re the best!

Barbara Fiske

Business and House Manager

Saugatuck Center for the Arts


Thank you SO MUCH for your help at the SCA this week!  The show was a huge hit, and I'm very pleased with how everything turned out.  Will you please pass my thanks on to Ross who did a fantastic job for us?!  It was a real pleasure to meet you both, and I look forward to working with you again in the future!


Erica Maddox

Hey Shannon,

THANK YOU FOR A STELLAR PRODUCTION LAST NIGHT!! You and Ross did an impeccable job with all the lighting and sound.  Thank you too for being so patient with the politics of opinion.  Our committee was quite shocked with the interference, but you handled it well.  We'll look forward to another in event in 2015!


Joan Lamb

Chair, Dancing for the Arts

Dear Shannon,

Thank you for all your help during the festival. We appreciate all you do to make Thursday night work so well and this year your help in the SCA. We wouldn’t have a great festival without your support.

Best regards,

Judy Smith 2007

Co-founder Waterfront Film Festival

Dear Shannon,

Thank you so very much for helping to make this year’s Waterfront Film Festival the best yet. It was an amazing weekend with record-number crowds. Current estimates place attendance at over 16,000. The films were extremely well received, and the media coverage has been full of praise for the Festival. It was really the place to be in West Michigan. 

Best regards,

Kori Eldean Rentz 2009

Co-Founder Waterfront Film Festival

Dear Shannon,

Once again the Waterfront Film Festival was an incredibly successful event! Thank you!!

Best regards,

Hopwood DePree, Dori Depree, Dana Depree, Kori Eldean Rentz 2010

Co-Founders of Waterfront Film Festival


On behalf of myself and the entire crew at The Charlottesville Pavilion we would like to thank you and your crew for a great day. 

I hope the rest of your tour goes well and I hope to work with each of you in the future.


Walter Sparzak

Production Manager

Charlottesville Pavilion

Thanks so much Shannon,

For all your energy and photos. You’re really a pro.

Can you believe Nashville now- we got lucky..

See you around.


Keith Wissmar

LD for Neil Young, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, among many others...

College Consciousness Tour Featuring Ben Harper and Relentless 7


Your words are too kind! Always a pleasure working with others who care about their work and not just there to make a paycheck. Granted, we need money to pay our bills but we love what we do and you can always tell the ones that do. 

Your crew was great and took care of everything in a safe and professional manner to make all parties happy involved. That's always a tough feat to have because of all the bands and what not but your crew did an amazing job. We all had a blast and again, thank you for always providing the 100% and making it always seem so effortless. Love when I see your company on board with the college shows! 

Talk soon my friend and if you're in NYC 4/29, Timeflies has their record release show! 

Thank you,


Robert K. Dugan

Mike Posner - Production Manager / FOH

Timeflies - Production Manager / FOH

Antelope Audio - Ambassador Rep. USA

Hey Shannon,

I just wanted to touch base and say thank you again for yesterday. The show went very smooth and I feel like everyone was extremely happy with the outcome. We loved your company and what you did for us. We will have to use you again anytime we are in your area.

I was pleasantly surprised with the mix in that room. I was anticipating having a difficult time mixing in there, but I think the combination of the PA and the subs worked great in there. It was a bit on the loud side of things, but people came to see a rock show and thats what we gave them right? Once again thank you and please tell everyone on your crew the same for me.

Thank You,

Kelly A. May

Production Manager/FOH Engineer

Third Eye Blind 3EB

Hey Shannon-

You're a pro, and made life super easy for all of us.  I really appreciated working with you and I know we will work together again.  It's good to know competent, professional companies still exist.

Safe travels to you as well.



Kyle Mackinnon

Tour Manager

Third Eye Blind 3EB

Thanks for a great day and a great show Shannon!

Ken Denson

Goo Goo Dolls

Tour Manager 

Thanks again man it was an absolute pleasure working with you

Mike Merriman

Production and Tour Manager

Sammy Adams


This is Bryan from The Ataris. Great meeting you last night and talking shop. Hope all is well.

Bryan Nelson

FOH Engineer/Band Member

The Ataris

Shannon – You killed it.  The room sounded awesome, which I know was not easy.  You did a great job.


Thank you VERY much.


Let’s stay in touch…

Denny Young

Band Manager Gentleman Hall
President of Elevation Group of Companies

Hi Ellen and Shannon,

Just wanted to send a quick note of BIG THANKS for all you did to make the TMT show in Saugatuck such a great success. Everyone had a lovely time and the show was a lot of fun! 

Please pass along my thanks to Audrey and the rest of the crew... it was a pleasure working with you all! =)

Warm Regards,


Laurie Green

The Manhattan Transfer 

Hello Saugatuck!

I just wanted to say thanks, once again, for your hospitality and professionalism in hosting the Watercoolers!  We had a blast during our brief stay--and hope that we see you again in the future.

Please pass along a special thanks to Shannon, Ross, and Chris for their awesome work on the technical side of things.  Without them--we wouldn't have made it....


Tuba McKinsey

Stage Manager



Thanks again for all of your help this past weekend.  The guys had a 

blast and the crew were thrilled with how everything finished up.  I 

am sure our paths will cross down the road, as they so often do and if 

you ever need anything from my world, please do not hesitate to ask.

All the best,


Michael Corcoran

LD/Road Manager


Hi Shannon,

Thanks for Everything!


Gina Thompson, TM Blues Traveler


Thanks for the email. Hope you are enjoying your week in.

Big thank you to YOU and your awesome crew. A true testament of the quality you provide being able to get us up and running with such a short  “in” time.

Thanks for your comment about the mix. Very happy with what we worked out with you,

Hope our paths cross again soon. Have a great end to your summer and thank you guys again.


Steel Wallis

Theatrical Sound Designer and FOH Engineer

Las Vegas, Nevada


Thanks for a great show and fantastic sound/lights.  

Best wishes.



Rob Harvey
TM/PM Bella Cain


I just wanted to say thank you again for the great job running sound for Kate’s show last weekend.  I’ve been at many, many of Kate’s shows over the years and not only were you a real pleasure to work with, the live sound was exceptional.


I hope our paths cross in the future.


Thanks again.



William P. Voegele
Vice President Development for Kate Voegele

Hey Shannon, 

We loved working with you and we are excited for what the future holds. We will let you know when we get this recording up on iTunes I'm sure it will do well. We have got an unbelievably amazing response from our fans and friends about how the recording sounds and also the vibe and the feeling of the live recording. 

Cheers to a job well done!


Nathan Hoff

The Bergamot


I just wanted to say thanks for all you and your crew did for us last weekend. We all had a blast. It's very much appreciated to have worked with true professionals.

until next time,

Karl Bruhn

Production Manager/Foh Engineer

Jennie DeVoe

Hey Shannon,

Thanks again man for doing a great job with the sound on our recent gig with you.


Dave Coleman

The Coalmen

Hi Shannon,

Just wanted to take a second to say thanks again for everything-- all of your hard work, support, kind words, and suggestions. I really appreciate it! Thanks for helping us put on a show! I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again.



Steve Asisala


Great hooking back up. Thanks for the star treatment, I hope to cross  paths again soon.

Ralston Bowles

Hey Shannon,

Kevin here from Wild Monica.  Just wanted to say thanks for everything

at our St. Mary's College gig yesterday.  We had a great time working

with your crew, and quite honestly we have never worked with a crew as

professional and friendly as yours.  We hope to work with you again

soon and if you are ever in Philly be sure to let us know so we can

work together on a show or two.

Again, thank you, and rock on!

Kevin Tymon

Wild Monica Band

Hey Shannon, 

Just wanted to follow up and say thanks for your help on the show at Adrian. Everything went great on our end, and it was super easy working with you and your guys. You've got a great crew with you. Stellar guys. 

Hope to work with you all again soon.

Thanks again,

Ryan Faucett

Tour Manager

Natalie Stovall 

Hey Shannon,

I just wanted to drop a line to thank you again for all of your hard work during the Revue.  The sound was amazing!  I can't believe how well the sound was mixed and produced, especially for being in Stepan.  You did an awesome job. 

Also, I just checked out your website: you have worked with some amazing acts!  I feel very fortunate that we were able to book you.  You definitely spoiled us with the sound quality.  I wish you were mixing and producing the show that I'm playing this weekend!. 

Anyways, I just wanted to thank you again for all of your work and support this past week.  Not only are you excellent at your trade, but you are also a great person.  Very easy to work with and offered some great advice for me, as a musician.  I learned a lot about the music industry, and life in general, talking with you, and I'm glad I got to meet you. 

Keep up the good work, and hopefully I will be fortunate enough to work with you in the future.  If you ever need an opening act for a national touring artist, keep me in mind!  Thanks again. 

Btw, I checked out Colin Hay, and I really dig his music.  Thanks for introducing me to some great music. 

Zach DuBois

It was great to be back w/you & your crew! Come back any time!  Great working w/you and your team as always.


Camden Peterson

Touring LD

Performance Lighting Chicago 

Hi Matt,

Just wanted to send a quick e-mail to say thank you for sending Shannon on this run with Reverb.

He made all of our lives much easier on this trip including mine. I was the bus driver.

Thanks again.


Robert “Grizzly” Preiss

Four Seasons Tour Bus Leasing

College Consciousness Tour Featuring Ben Harper and Relentless 7


Thank you for letting me help with last night’s show. It was good to work with you. I hope you get much rest this weekend, don't work too hard.

See ya,


Curt Pruett

Production and Stage Manager

Kalamazoo State Theatre

“Once again your professionalism and expertise made for a high-quality/smooth running event.  It’s always great working with you and your crew.”

Aaron Perri & Matt Money



Hello, this is Michael Paluzzi, the opener for Vanessa Carlton on Saturday. I wanted to thank you personally for your work at the show. Your experience and enthusiasm made the concert an incredible one for me, for my family and for the audience. I couldn't have asked for a better sound--my whole family commented on how excellent the sound was before and during the show. To sum it all up, you're good at your job--and I want to acknowledge that. I hope to have the pleasure of working with you again. 

Thank you,

Michael Paluzzi

Thanks for all the years of opportunity you gave us. Sincerely Shannon, you were a wonderful customer for us, very grateful we got to build for you.

God’s best to you and your crew.

Chuck Patton

Caravan Cases USA