At the Meyerson Symphony Center yesterday — July 4th — the Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony) reportedly set a new record with 201 piccolos simultaneously playing John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’
‘Piccolos & Patriots: A Star-Spangled Spectacular!’ was one of the special events the group planned for this, its 30th year. The massed piccolo army played in the onstage seating ranks behind the regular orchestra section at the Meyerson — where the Dallas Chorus sometimes stands or where audience members sometimes sit.
The high-pitched results, needless to say, can sound like a happy horde of Angry Birds, but judging from the video and comments posted on the Dallas Winds Facebook page, the piccolo participants were mighty pleased.
All that band practice finally paid off.