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Billy and the Carnival: A Children's Guide to Musical Instruments
for Narrator and Orchestra

BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL is designed to introduce young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra through a children's story.

BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL is the story of a boy who goes to his local park and starts to meet grownups carrying instruments and wearing fancy clothes. One by one they introduce themselves and their instruments with solos announcing each instrument by name. Billy takes a nap from the excitement and has a dream that a carnival is coming to his park; when he wakes up, his dream comes true and the orchestra plays a concert at the carnival!

An illustrated story book, and an activity/coloring book are published, and for large orders a special edition can be printed with the name of your orchestra (and your sponsors). The Colorado Symphony has given out thousands of coloring books as part of their Education programs!

BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL was commissioned by the Sacramento Symphony for 26 concerts; subsequent performances have included the Pittsburgh Symphony and orchestras in Spain.


last updated February 20, 2020