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Barrel Organ Plays on America's Independence Day
By Todd Augsburger

Bob Taylor asked about those who cranked up their organs for
celebrating Independence Day.

Kenton, Ohio, had a reasonably large parade scheduled on July 4th.
I own a 41-key (95 pipe) Bacigalupo street organ but I didn't want to
haul it in the parade, and it wouldn't work to push it.  So I picked
a spot on the public square where the parade would pass and where
people were gathered, and played "pre-parade" music.

It attracted an audience of children, adults, friends, and two area
reporters with cameras, both of whom promised to "do a story" in the
near future.  I'm still hearing positive comments from complete
strangers -- even though I only had a single barrel with 8 tunes!

So all I can say is "get out there" and play whatever instrument you
have.  Someone will appreciate it!

Todd Augsburger - Roller Organs

P.S. There were also two small band organs in the parade.  Thanks to
others willing to share!

(Message sent Sun 6 Jul 2003, 13:00:21 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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