I was first introduced to the flutophone as part of my daughter's Kindergarten music curriculum. Flutophones are good pre-band instruments for young children; it's lightweight, easy to play and very affordable. Here's more information on the flutophone.
This Day in Music History: 1995 - The Wizard Of Oz was staged for charity at Lincoln Center in New York. Among the casts are Jewel playing the role of Dorothy, Jackson Browne as The Scarecrow, Roger Daltrey as the Tin Man and Nathan Lane as the Cowardly Lion.
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