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Industry legend Tim Jameson will shoot one of this year’s final pyromusicals which, according to our Sky Wars experts, is like “giving the ball to the immortal Michael Jordan to close out the game.”
Tim Jameson | Hughesville, Maryland
As the owner of Innovative Pyrotechnic Concepts (www.ipcdisplays.com) plus Pyro Dudes Fireworks. Tim is known for being a true master in the fireworks domain. He creates more than 126 shows each year ranging from amusement parks (his annual Busch Garden’s show delights 15,000+ people each showing) to minor league baseball shows and festivals in the Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia and Greater DC areas. IPC deploys 60 technicians during their busy summertime season and boasts they are “one of the top choreography teams in the country.”
Tim first participated in Sky Wars in 2010 and has played an active role in the extravaganza ever since. He enjoys the competition and loves “taking the crowd home” with his end-of-show pyromusicals. One of the many secrets to his success: Tim invests in the latest design software and digital firing equipment available.
A carpenter for 20 years, Tim caught the pyro bug in 2008 when he bought his first-ever fireworks while in Florida. It was love at first sight…but unfortunately illegal in his Maryland hometown. So he joined the area’s Northern Lights Pyrotechnics Club and created the Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival in 2009 that he hosted at his own farm. The festival grew so large (nearly 7,000 people) that the event was moved to an 800-acre farm in 2013.
Tim’s 2020 Show
Get ready for Tim’s approximately 18 minute show chock full of BIG shells (that’s how he and his crew roll – nothing less than 4” shells for them except during the finale) and BIG booms! He estimates his show will cost nearly $20,000 in fireworks products and will take only six team members to assemble due to their efficiency and experience of the team.
Tim’s Advice for Aspiring Pyros
“If you’re a hobbyist, then join your area’s pyrotechnic club and get involved. You learn the most by working at an event with others…plus the camaraderie is inspiring. If you want to become a professional, then work for another company before you venture out on your own. We call ourselves ‘professional box movers and truck drivers’ because it takes a lot of preparation to get things ready. It’s much more than just designing and shooting a show.”