2018 Fall Event Update!

Nov. 5th 2018

We had an exciting second half of the year here at COBRA! We were able to attend three awesome events after PGI this year. First, Joel went to Boomtown, in Vinton, Iowa. This was the first year that we were able to accept the IPA's invitation to come to the event. Joel was on-site for set-up as well as during shoot time, providing assistance to anyone that needed it.

A few weeks later, Joel traveled to Pyromania, which was held at the beautiful Cedar Lake Cellars in Wright, MO. As expected Joel was available all day to offer help or advice to everyone he could. The shows they put on at that event were nothing short of spectacular. You can find the display details below. We also included links to some incredibly high quality videos, courtesy of the industries best fireworks videographer, Firecat8.

Title Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Channels
Wall of Fire Bill Corbet Fireball Dudes 1 No No 8
Trainwreck Bill Corbet Fireball Dudes 1 No No 8
Mass Salute Launch 1 No No 3
Exhibition Shells 1 No Yes 4
ProAm Competition Pyromusical #1 Jason Deatherage 1 Yes No 20
ProAm Competition Pyromusical #2 Archer Heibel 1 Yes Yes 24
ProAm Competition Pyromusical #3 Josh Wetmore 1 No Yes 80
KCAP Presents - Guardians of the Galaxy KCAP KCAP 1 Yes Yes 95
Closing Display by MoPyro Zane Northtrip MoPyro 1 Yes Yes 99

Lastly, Joel, Jonah, and Chris travelled to Wichita, KS for the yearly NFA Expo. This year, in addition to our trade show booth, we had a COBRA hospitality room, where we hosted seminars, meals, as well as a screening of a few episodes of Passfire: Season 2.

Luckily, Joel and Jonah found the time to snap a few photographs from these events.

Thunder & Fire, PGI 2018, Mason City Iowa!

Aug. 30th 2018

COBRA was thrilled to again be involved in the 2018 Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention. We spent our days in the trade show, speaking to current clients, educating future clients and performing service and upgrades. With eight trade shows tables and six team members, there was never a slow moment at our booth. Any clients that stopped by were lucky enough to see a glimpse at some of our upcoming product releases including the Command Center, 6M, Quickplugs, 36 Cue Centronics Slats, and our COBRA Reprogramming Software.

The sound of the 5:00 PM salute booming out across the convention center marked the end of the trade show and the beginning of our evening. We have compiled the details of a few shows that were fired with COBRA below:

Title Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Channels
Dominator Product Demo Ed Vassel Dominator Fireworks 1 No No 8
Flashing Thunder Katie Mostek Flashing Thunder 1 1 No 89
Junior Pyrotechnics Association (JPA) 2018 JPA Junior Pyrotechnics Association (JPA) 1 1 Yes 38
Napalm Strike Bill Corbett Fireball Dudes 1 1 No 2
SUPERNUKE Bill Corbett Fireball Dudes 1 1 No 5
The Greatest Show on Earth Dan Haines Spirit of 76 1 1 Yes 74

Spring Update!

May. 14th 2018

When we last left our Dynamic Duo in late April, Joel and Jonah had just returned from a successful MAFF. They have been incredibly busy since them, hitting a different event every weekend!

First, they drove down to Harrisville in Western PA for the annual Kellner's Demo. They set up a small booth in the store and offered support and firmware upgrades to existing clients, and demos to new clients. Over 40 modules and 10 remotes were brought in to be upgraded!

The next weekend, the pair flew out to Pahrump, Nevada for Red Apple's Demo Night. They set up a small booth in the front of the store for upgrades and demos. They also scripted a small finale with about 25 consumer effects for the end of the firework product demo. 

Finally, last weekend, the twosome took a slightly shorter flight to Monroe, Michigan for another Red Apple Demo Night, this time at Motor City Fireworks. They set up a small booth by the checkouts and, you guessed it, provided support/upgrades and product demos to clients and potential clients. They also assisted in the setup of a 7-minute pyromusical that was shot using 14 modules, an 18R2, and an Audio Box.

Despite all that was going on, Jonah and Joel both managed to find time to take some great pictures for us to share.

A busy booth at Kellners!

Jonah swears he was talking to a client in this picture, but we don't see it!

Test Rockets built by World Class Master Rocket Maker Tom Rebenklau.

Photograph of Kellner's building by Jonah, he fancies himself an amateur Andy Warhol.

Makeshift upgrade station.

Joel giving a 1 on 1 training session on the Control Panel.

Welcome to Nevada!

Our booth from the first Red Apple Demo in Pahrump.

Flyover of Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis, Maryland.

Exterior of Motor City Fireworks in Monroe, MI

Jonah giving a product demo on an 18M.

Look at all these cakes!

"Better than all the rest!"

After a hard months work, I think these guys deserve a relaxing night in!

MAFF 2018!

Apr. 24th 2018

Over the weekend of April 20th, Joel, Jonah, Ryan, and Mike took the long drive from COBRA headquarters in upstate NY to the annual MAFF event in Charlotte Hall, MD. We arrived in town Friday evening, had some delicious Mexican grub at Pancho Villa and promptly retired to bed to be well rested for Saturday. Once we arrived on site, we handed out pre-orders, talked to clients, performed some repair and service work, and had a great morning in the beautiful weather. Once the afternoon rolled around, Joel and Ryan walked the shoot site offering assistance to any clients that wanted it, but nearly all of our awesome customers were incredibly prepared and knowledgeable, so there was little help to offer!

When shoot time came, Joel supervised from the shooting position and we are happy to report that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows:

Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
Kens Dedication Ken Garafalo 1 1 Yes 20
NLPC 10th Anniversary Pyromusical Joe Carp NLPC 1 1 Yes 49
MAFF - SD&R style Brian Craig NLPC & NEOPG 1 1 Yes 85
MIFF @ MAFF Chris Wall Michigan Firework Fanatics 1 1 Yes 31

One of our room placards, they must have known COBRA was coming!

Team COBRA enjoying a nutritional dinner before bed on Friday night.

Mike "The Machine" rocking upgrade kit installations like its 2015!

Joel giving a 1 on 1 training session.

Cakeboard and 18M from MIFF's show.

Beta 36M feature, it will drop shells for you!

18M and rack of 3" salutes for the NLPC show.

Towers from Brian Craigs show. These had various effects on them, adding an elaborate"upper" ground effect layer to his show.

Lines, lines, and more lines of groundbombs!

'The Toybox'; this mod was wired up with large ball shells, and used to entertain the audience during fire breaks. A unique idea!

How many modules can you count in one position?

This year's event saw the largest turnout yet!

Western Winter Blast 2018!

Feb. 26th 2018

During the weekend of February 16th, Joel will be shipping himself out to sunny Lake Havasu City in Arizona to attend the annual Western Winter Blast convention. He will arrive on Friday night and will spend Saturday and Sunday offering support and giving product demos at the trade show, and will again be on site during the evening to offer show support. Be sure to swing by the trade show booth if you are attending and say hello to COBRA's golden boy!

Western Winter Blast is an annual event held by the Western Pyrotechnic Association. Many consider it the PGI of the west, as every year, the convention includes seminars, trade shows, class C and pyrotechnic supply vending, open shooting for both class C & class B, as well as BBQ's afterglow parties and of course, several nights of professional pyromusicals and displays. This year, Spirit of 76 and NPA will be shooting shows using COBRA.

Joel arrived on Friday evening and spent his Saturday and Sunday manning the trade show booth. In the evening, Joel provided on site support for any clients shooting with COBRA.

We are happy to announce between Joel's assistance, and our clients knowledge and preparation, that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows, as well as some amazing videos courtesy of Firecat8:

Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
"Painting the Sky" WPA Educational Show David Sholl WPA - Western Pyrotechnic Association 1 No Yes 15
Salute to America Dan Haines Spirit of 76 1 1 Yes 85
Pyromusical by Vortex Fireworks Artist Eric Farnsworth SLAP -Salt Lake Area Pyros 1 1 Yes 61
P.I.T. Show Pyros in Training 2 No No 13 25

Our modest trade show booth.

Thump Junkie, still a customer favorite!

Seven module front for Spirit of 76's show.

WPA Lancework gifted for use during P.I.T. (Pyros in Training) show.

Did you know the London Bridge currently resides in Lake Havasu, Arizona? We didn't!

International Pyromusical Design and Choreography Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nov. 29th 2017

Safety is a fundamental factor in the handling of pyrotechnics, its correct use guarantees the care and protection of lives, but overall, the performance of professional level shows requires constant learning and training by professionals. The 3rd International Course of Design and Choreography of Pyromusicals is an event aimed at educating professional pyrotechnicians throughout Latin America.

The event was based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 15th and 16th 2017. Ernesto Norman of PyroSmart Mexico, Jorge Márquez of Lux Pirotecnia and Jorge Díaz de Dinamite, hosted workshops on safety and use of COBRA equipment and J-TEK electric match.

The high-quality technology for the development of pyrotechnic events combined perfectly with the support of Finale Fireworks, a professional program for the creation of the best shows.

Pyromania 2017, Wright City, MO

October 18th 2017

Last week, we packed Joel Robinson into a large wheeled travel case and shipped him back home to the Midwest to attend Pyromania 2017 in Wright City, MO.

Joel provided support for nine 18R2s, six audioboxes and nearly 250 modules spread out across 8 different displays.

We are incredibly proud to say that between Joel's assistance, and our clients knowledge and preparation, that all shows fired flawlessly. We wanted to share some background on these shows, as well as some amazing videos courtesy of Firecat8:

Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
National Anthem Zane Northrip MoPyro 1 1 Yes 13
21 Gun Salute Zane Northrip MoPyro 1 1 Yes 7
Kevin's 12" Memorial Shell     1     3
Pro Am Entry #2 Brent Folley   2 1 Yes 27
Pro Am Entry #3 Jeff Taylor MoPyro 1 1 Yes 29
Mass Launch - Red     1      
Time Transcended Brandon Schmidt KCAP 1 1 Yes 76
Zane Northrip Large Pyromusical MoPyro 2 1 Yes 77

Nine modules (two hidden) wired up to 3" and 4" shells.

MoPyro position for the ProAM competition.

MoPyro ProAM shooter wondering why Joel is taking his picture.

Shooter's table covered with COBRA 18R2s and Audio Boxes.

Audio Boxes in queue waiting their turn for the sound system.

Come see Scott at APA!

Nov. 11th 2017

What a week for our fearless leader Scott Smith, he spent the week in sunny, beautiful San Diego at the yearly APA convention. He wanted to share some thoughts on this week:

"It was great to have great discussions with some existing and new customers. Great to see J&M Displays, Fireworks America, R.J. Santore, and many others! Nothing better than to talk to customers, gain feedback and discuss all of our new developments. First time at APA and will be coming back!"

Pyrotechnics Guild International 2017, Fargo, ND

Sept. 15th 2017

From left to right, Ryan, Brandon, Mike, Jonah, and Joel

COBRA was proud to be a part of the PGI 2017 event in Fargo, ND. The brand new 5.0.2 firmware release was used exclusively, leveraging the new MESH technology to combat a difficult shoot site that contained both buildings and natural barriers. Highlights of the event included our eight trade show table booth, where we showed off some of our newer in development technologies, including higher and lower cue count modules, SMTPE time code input, single point command center control interface, and more...

In addition to showing off new technology, we provided field support for any show that was fired using COBRA, which was many of the larger public displays including:

  Shooter Club 18R2 Audio Box Control Panel Modules
Firestone Miranda Pagoada Spirit of '76 1 1 Yes 69
Dance the Night Away Dan Haines Spirit of '76  1 1 Yes 81
Vortex Fireworks Chuck Johnson Vortex Fireworks 1 1 Yes 82
Northern Lighters Pyrotechnics Ron Reitan Northern Lighters Pyrotechnics 3 1 Yes 159

COBRA was also used to fire a number of choreographed Class C pyromusicals:

Scott had the pleasure of hosting a free, fully booked, instructional demonstration to COBRA

Scott and Jonah reprogramming modules next to Spirit of '76's product

Hand lit, chain fired portion of JPA show, which was also shot using COBRA

One of the infield posistions from Vortex's show contaning 11 COBRA modules

For the 5th year in a row, COBRA was also used to fire all evening competitions. This year, the team was able to take advantage of our new MESH technology to support a more difficult shoot site containing varying distances and barriers between competition entries. Thanks to all of the support of Rick Olivieri, Tom Dimock and the rest of the PGI team!

COBRA Roadtrip to NFA!

Sept. 12th 2017

It was an exciting weekend for Joel and Jonah, as they were whisked away in a magical Buick to beautiful Erie PA to the yearly NFA convention! There, they talked to customers, repaired equipment, updated firmware, and provided show support for two shows, an 80's themed show put on by the stellar crew at OPAG and NEOPG, as well as a unique fully scripted product demo put on by Spirit of '76.

I asked Jonah to share his thoughts on the experience:

"It was a great convention; the Bayfront Convention Center, located in beautiful Erie, PA, proved to be a most-accommodating venue for this year's NFA Expo. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with both existing and potential customers, as well as other members of the pyrotechnic industry. With a full table of Cobra gear on display at the Trade Show, we were able to provide full product demonstrations, answer questions, and gather feedback, which is vital to our company and our development of new products and features. We were also able to provide on-site technical support for the Ohio Pyrotechnic Arts Guild's public display at the Lake Erie Speedway, which used a total of 90 channels. On the whole, it was a great experience, and we look forward to attending next year's convention!"