At this year’s LDI Show, TOMCAT offered attendees the chance to register to win one of two scholarships: the winner could choose to attend the 2006 Hoist and Rigging Workshop or the Advanced Truss and Motor Workshop. Over 300 people entered the contest - and the lucky winners are Randall Flaws of Windy City Sound and Lighting and Andrew Cissna of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Cissna was the first name selected and upon being notified, he said that he is “very excited” to be given the opportunity to attend. He’s a senior working to complete his BFA in lighting at NCSA. The training he’ll get at TOMCAT’s workshop will complement the education he’s receiving at the world renowned school.

Flaws is the President of Windy City Sound and Lighting in Burr Ridge, IL. He and his brother John founded the company in 1980 which has production and touring divisions. Recent projects include support for Dennis DeYoung, My Chemical Romance, and the Chicago Fireball Benefits. “I’m looking forward to attending,” said Randall, “and from what I have heard, I will have a great time and learn a bunch.”

TOMCAT’s annual school is March 1 - 4, 2006 in Midland, TX. It includes workshops pertaining to hoist, rigging, truss, and fall protection taught by some of the foremost experts in the industry. TOMCAT is also pleased to offer the Advanced Workshop: a two-day school covering a variety of interesting topics on hoist motors and truss design. It is meant for those who have already completed TOMCAT’s four day workshop and/or those with extensive experience with motors and truss in the field. Advanced Workshop dates are March 3-4, also in Midland.

For additional information or to register please contact Lisa Jebsen at (432) 694-7070 or