Clair Brothers

Location: Manheim, PA

Founded: 1966

Website: http://www.clairsystems.com/

The first gig for Roy and Gene Clair’s fledgling operation was a show for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at F&M College in their home state of Pennsylvania. As the brothers built upon their expertise and business savvy, their client list grew to include the Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, and U2; they rocked Live Aid and were witness to the infamous Woodstock ’99. 


Notable Products

  • Audio, video, lighting, rigging equipment installation and rentals
  • Touring technical support personnel
  • Electrical design
  • Custom audio products
  • Acoustical analysis
  • Performance venue seating installation

 

What to Expect

The show production company began by supplying audio for touring acts, but has since expanded its operation to become a full-service enterprise that caters to every facet of live entertainment, including performance venues, cruise ships, and houses of worship. Headquartered in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Pennsylvania, Clair Brothers also operates U.S. offices in Nashville, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. International facilities are located in Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

The company employs full-time personnel in a variety of technical and business capacities, but the bulk of the operation relies on systems designers, electrical engineers, and show crew. The entry-level position for technicians at Clair, as at most rental houses, is the warehouse worker; this person is responsible for maintaining, repairing, and prepping gear that goes out on client orders. For those without a strong résumé of credits, this is where you prove that you are hard-working and can be trusted to represent the company. It is also an opportunity to handle gear you may not be familiar with and learn the necessary skills to start booking gigs as a lighting technician, audio tech, or rigger.

Senior-level roles in design and engineering require a college degree in electrical engineering, theatrical design, or live show production. Touring technicians are not required to have a degree, but must demonstrate talent and skill in their chosen field; specialized training is expected for lighting console operators, front-of-house engineers, and monitor engineers. Clair Brothers offers product training to clients, and there are opportunities for junior employees to take advantage of these courses.

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