Animal and mechanical sounds
mesh in melody for April Fools fun If you go
Some of us spend days planning elaborate April
Fools' Day pranks, inflating our whoopee cushions, charging our joy buzzers and winding
our chattering teeth. Others spend the day on
edge, wary of every potential practical joke and pit fall, hoping to avoid being a victim of the day for frivolity and mirth.
Ben Messinger, on the other hand, just wants people
to have a good time and a couple laughs while enjoying some great music.
Messinger is the founder of The Littlestown Area Municipal Band, and for the last 26 years, he has been putting on shows all around the area
The band has been bringing music to parades, festivals and concerts that are generally free to the public.
Sunday, the band is hosting an April Fools' Day Concert, starting at , at
. It's going to be a little different than most concert band music you'll here, Messinger said Instead of your usual A minors and treble clefs, the musicians will be using their instruments in arrangements
imitating the sounds of machines, animals
and circus acts.
"We wanted to do something funny. Something
people could laugh at," Messinger said The band has about 90 active members from all around the area, and about 50 of them will be performing
at Sunday's concert, bringing a full arrangement of woodwinds, brass and percussion to the funniest concert around.
Their selections include "Grande Serenade for an
Sunday is also Sergei Rachmaninoff's birthday, so
the band will be slipping in some selections of his work
Messinger said the first part of the concert will imitate mechanical sounds with selections such as ''The Typewriter" and "Wind Turbines."
The second part focuses mainly on animal sounds,
with ~ach movement creating an audio illusion, with meowing cats and the sounds of elephants,
swans and aquatic life flowing from the band.
"It's a fun, April Fools' thing," Messinger said.
"People don't expect instruments to make these sounds.
The band started as a community band, open to
anyone, in 1986. Messinger founded the band to be in a grown, serving as a musical outlet for many area musicians, and entertaining many more. Members range in age - they have a sixth-grader,
and they have a member who is nearing 90.
They get together for several concerts per year, and
have fun playing music together.
And Sunday, that fun is going to include a lot of
The show is free and open to the public, but the band does take donations.
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