Music – Shake, Rattle & Toot!
Music is as vital to the circus as cotton candy or clowns; creating the perfect environment for a great circus day. At Circus World you can enjoy a working collection of 100 year old mechanical organs, and concerts on a strange group of novelty instruments that once enlivened side shows and street parades. Once each day you can hear tuned sleigh bells, rub chimes, bells, an air calliope, the Una-Fon, tuned bottles, and other instruments that Dave SaLoutos, assisted by Larry Stout will shake, rattle and roll your way from May 17 – September 1, 2019. From antique wooden carousel rides, to wagon tours that feature concerts on the Royal American Show’s Gavioli band organ, or the instruments in “Caught in the Act” exhibit, or the Wurlitzer 165 band organ in the wagon restoration center, the spirited sounds of the circus echo throughout the grounds to enchant and delight of children of all ages.
The spectacular Royal American Shows Grand Gavioli Band Organ was built in Paris, France in 1905.
A Hershell-Spellman fairground organ adds life to the carousel.
The Deagan Una-fon is one of the first electronic musical instruments, is powered by a 12 volt car battery.
Deagan Organ Chimes are a type of Shaker Chimes (because you shake them) and sounds like a cross between a marimba and a steel drum.
A working M3 Hammond organ was also the foundation of the 1950s circus band sound.
Larry Stout and the Barnum & Bailey Air Calliope "Big Ori," was manufactured by Joseph Ori of the Pneumatic Calliope Co. in 1914.
Dave works the crank levers of the rattle chimes... it's too weird to describe... you've just gotta hear it!
Larry Stout has been a circus musician and band leader since the 1970s and accompanies Shake, Rattle and Roll show, plus Kid's World Circus and 2 performances of Doo-Wop Big Top..
The Shake, Rattle and Roll Show is part of the "Caught In the Act" exhibit located within the Irvin Feld Exhibit Hall and Visitor Center.
Tuned desk bells lend their melodious tones to another Shake, Rattle and Roll performance.
The Wurlitzer 165 Military Band Organ, located in the Fox Wagon Restoration Center produces a huge sound.
The Musical Lyre manufactured by E. R. Street are also known as Rub Chimes or Friction Harp. Played with rosin coated leather gloves, they are one of the most unusual instruments in the collection at Circus World.