1976Under the name Clearwing Audio, Gregg Brunclik, President/CEO, and his business partner start providing sound engineering for local events and festivals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With parts from local electronics and hardware stores, Gregg builds speakers in his dad’s basement in Milwaukee.
1979Eddie Rabbitt, on tour with hit song “I Love a Rainy Night,” books a show at the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center and brings on Clearwing Audio for sound engineering. After the show, Eddie Rabbitt asks Gregg if Clearwing could be in Norman, Oklahoma, three days later.
Shortly after, Eddie Rabbitt asks Clearwing Audio to handle the production of a co-headline tour with Kenny Rogers. With a $75,000 bank note, Clearwing Audio builds a sound system for arena touring.
With the concert arena system from the Eddie Rabbitt/Kenny Rogers tour, Clearwing Audio starts working on larger concerts in Milwaukee.
The Police, then a young band, show up late to a small club in Milwaukee and Gregg helps Sting carry in his bass amp and mixes the band’s music. “It was one of the most incredible shows I ever mixed,” Gregg said. “Nine hundred people, three guys in the band, it was electric.”
1980Under the name Clearwing Audio and Case Company, Gregg starts building road cases for amp racks to expand what Clearwing Audio offers.
1981Clearwing Audio goes on tour with Blackfoot and Def Leppard on Def Leppard’s High ‘n’ Dry tour.
1983After 267 days on tour, Gregg returns to Milwaukee and seeks to grow Clearwing Audio’s regional business in Milwaukee.
1987Clearwing Audio is officially launched as an incorporated company.
1989The World Wrestling Federation, today known as WWE, comes to Milwaukee for a three-day TV shoot and asks Clearwing Audio to handle the production, starting a five-year relationship.
1990The World Wrestling Federation asks Clearwing Audio to provide the public address system, portable studios for backstage, and road cases for its WrestleMania event in Toronto, the first of several WrestleManias for Clearwing.
1993Clearwing Audio, a Milwaukee-based sound company, creates an agreement with a Phoenix-based lighting company, to trade equipment during their off seasons.
1995Clearwing Audio becomes the production company for Summerfest, an annual music festival held along the lakefront in Milwaukee. Today, Summerfest is one of the biggest music events in the country bringing bands and fans from across the country.
1996Clearwing Audio provides gear for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Violent Femmes at Resolute Bay, Arctic Circle, North Pole for the Molson Ice Polar Beach Party.
1997Miller Genuine Draft taps Clearwing Audio to provide audio and sound for its Blind Dates Tour.
NACA National Convention hires Clearwing Audio to handle production needs for its event.
2001The NFL hires Clearwing Audio for its Super Bowl pre-game tailgate party. We’ve handled Super Bowl festivities in various capacities each year since.
2001Clearwing becomes one of the first US companies to invest in L-Acoustics V-DOSC.
2003Clearwing provides audio and lighting for various events during Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary in Milwaukee.
Clearwing provides lighting for a tour featuring Bob Dylan and The Dead (includes the Grateful Dead’s surviving members).
2004Clearwing Audio begins handling the production for Steve Miller Band, a partnership that has lasted to this day.
2004Clearwing Audio is brought on to take care of production for The Australian Pink Floyd Show U.S. tour.
2005After a twelve year relationship with a Tempe, AZ based Production company, Clearwing decides to open a dedicated Clearwing office when it became clear the Valley was being underserved. Clearwing Audio becomes Clearwing Productions with offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona.
The addition of the Arizona office, brings business from the performing arts and corporate communities to Clearwing.
Clearwing Productions opens its Phoenix, Arizona Pro Shop to complement its Milwaukee, Wisconsin Pro Shop.
2007Clearwing Productions handles the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration.
Clearwing Productions begins providing production support to Prather Touring for their North American and world theatrical tours.
2008Clearwing Productions installs two LED walls and a massive lighting installation at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, on the Miller Lite landing end of the field.
2009Clearwing Productions, Arizona moves to a larger location in Phoenix and officially begins Clearwing Design & Build Services (Systems Integration) operations out of the new Phoenix office.
2010Clearwing Productions becomes one of the first US companies to invest in L-Acoustics K1.
In partnership with Delicate Productions, Clearwing heads out on tour with The Foo Fighters.
Clearwing’s Design & Build Services department installs lighting & effects at Casino Arizona - the first of three systems to be in stalled at Casino Arizona locations across the Valley.
2013Clearwing Productions becomes one of the first US companies to invest in L-Acoustics K2.
Clearwing handles the production for Pearl Jam’s concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Clearwing Productions completes an expansion of its Arizona office and warehouse and a remodel of its Pro Shop.
Clearwing Productions provides racks and stacks for the U.S. leg of Iron Maiden’s tour and audio and lighting for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee.
Clearwing officially launches Design & Build Services out of the Milwaukee office at the first USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo held in Milwaukee, WI in 2013.
Clearwing begins installations with with CCV (Christs Church of the Valley). Clearwing goes on to install full audiovisual systems at 9 CCV campuses within the next 8 years.
2014Clearwing adds over 10,000 square feet to the Milwaukee warehouse and office.
Clearwing’s Design & Build department installs interactive color-changing stairs at Talking Stick Resort & Casino.
2015Clearwing’s Design & Build Services department becomes its own entity, Clearwing Systems Integration. CSI provides permanent audio, video, lighting, rigging, and drapery systems to venues of all types nationwide.
CSI Completes ASU Gammage audio renovation.
Clearwing provides production support at Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Tomorrowworld Festival, as well as Spring Awakening Music Festival.
2016Clearwing provides audio and lighting for the Chicago Cub’s World Series Championship rally. The rally was the 7th largest human gathering in world history.
Clearwing provides production support for Electric Zoo Music Festival.
2017Clearwing acquires a production company in Denver, CO and established Clearwing Productions, Colorado. Clearwing expanded the Denver office’s rental offerings with the addition of sales, service, and installation departments.
Clearwing Systems Integration completes Audio, LED Lighting, and Rigging Installation at The Madison Center for the Arts. The installation featured 24 fully automated motorized hoists.
2018Clearwing goes on tour with Odesza.
Clearwing becomes one of the first US companies to invest in JBL VTX A12.
Clearwing begins it’s partnership with Boston Calling Music Festival, providing production support.
2019Clearwing Systems Integration opens a satellite office in San Diego, CA.
Clearwing provides production support for Innings Music Festival.
2020While there was a bright start to 2020, March 13th hits. The COVID-19 pandemic shakes the world and national stay-at-home orders are put into place. The world’s live event industry goes dark.
Clearwing Productions kicks into survival mode providing small-scale events that comply with health and safety protocols as well as transporting cargo and goods for retailers.
Clearwing implements pandemic-specific health and safety protocols for staff.
Construction industries are deemed essential in many states and CSI continues and completes over 100 projects.
Clearwing Productions participates in several national campaigns to bring the needs of the event industry to light.
2021With the anticipated return of live events, Clearwing begins to turn the dial into thrive mode. All Clearwing locations and divisions continue to be available to all.
Clearwing Systems Integration installs Arizona’s first Meyer Constellation audio system at Valley Presbyterian Church.
Clearwing Systems Integration installs exhibit lighting within the 300,000 sq ft Academy Museum of Motion Pictures campus - the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking.
Clearwing Productions begins hiring staff as we make our way through the pandemic utilizing strict health and safety protocols at live events.
2022Big Event Logistics moves under the Clearwing Productions name.