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What the piccolo!?! by Eden Williams

Have you ever experienced a piccolo? I think not. The piccolo is an instrument so obscure it requires its own subject.

Here’s the thing, myself, being a violinist for 7-ish years have had many experiences playing with other ensembles. I’ve had flutes, oboes, whistles and even a Soprano 1 all right by my ear. However, until this musical never have I ever had a piccolo.

First for all of you who don’t know what a piccolo is, its this really really tiny flute, like wind instrument that plays all of the ear burning, squeaking, cringing notes that other instruments cannot reach. Generally, when it comes to orchestras and bands playing together, the orchestras (stringed instruments, such as violin, viola, cello, bass), will sit in the front row. Band will sit in the rest. Which happily leaves me right in front of the piccolo…yay. What does this mean you may ask? This means that while I’m already burning my ears off playing my own high notes, there's a piccolo in my ear doing it an octave higher for the whole piece.

All aside, Hello Dolly’s music is super fun to play. It has very catchy tunes and you feel like you’re right up on stage with the actors when you’re playing. If you’re debating on seeing Hello Dolly or not, do it. It’s so worth it.

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