has some special talent that set's them apart from everyone
else. You may know what that is, and then again, you
may think you are talentless. What ever the case may
be, Piccolo Pete is an example of someone who had a
unique talent and briefly shared it with the world.
Here's the story of.....
Pete was his name. How did he get that name? Well,
I'll tell you my friends. When Pete was 5 years old,
his Mom and Dad took him to his first day of school.
He sat in the back of the classroom and the teacher
had each child stand up to introduce themself. When
it was his turn, he stood up and said, " My name
is..." and he sneezed making a sound that resembled
the sound a piccolo which was followed by, "P
E T E !"
in the classroom broke out in laughter. He was happy
to make everyone laugh. It sort of eased the tension
of the newness of his first day. It was then he decided
he wanted to be an entertainer.
moment on, he was dubbed 'Piccolo Pete'. As he got
older, he fined tuned his gift by sticking his fingers
in his nose changing each pitch so he could toot little
he became an adult, he perfected this art of tooting
through his nose without the use of his hands whatsoever.
The most amazing thing about his unique talent was
he could create what sounded like 2 piccolos playing
heard one day in a subway in lower Manhatton performing
for contributions by the conductor of the New York
Philharmonic and was asked to play with the symphony
which he accepted without hesitation.
an overnight sensation after his first performance
and found himself touring the world performing in
front of kings and queens with some of the worlds
finest symphonies and orchestras for many years.
song to perform was Stars and Stripes forever.
At a performance
on October 31, 1932, on Halloween, he insisted coming
out on stage with a pumpkin over his head to perform
the entire orchestral piece of music, 'Danse Macabre'
walked out, people were upset by the pumpkin on his
head and didn't think it was funny at all. As he started
tooting the beginning of the classic, people started
to get up and leave. The conductor saw what was happening
and tapped him on the pumpkin head with his baton.
When he did, Piccolo Pete turned his head sharply
to the left and jammed his head so he couldn't move
left or right. The pumpkin was too small.
pulled and yanked at the pumkin head trying to get
it off. He tripped over the first chair violinist
and then stumbled all around the stage. He tugged
and tugged and tugged to no avail dancing and stumbling
all around in circles while the orchestra continued
who were leaving started returning to their seats.
Everyone was in tears from laughing so hard. They
thought it was the funniest thing they had ever seen.
a sudden, near the end of Danse Macabre, he slipped
and fell on his head breaking the pumpkin head in
a million pieces. And right on cue, with the last
note, he stood up and tooted through his nose the
last note holding it out for several minutes before
running out of breath.
hear a pin drop. He stood stunned and embarrassed.
One person in front began to clap, followed by two,
then 5, then 10 before the whole audience, as well
as, the orchestra cheered and laughed at him. He bowed
and then walked off the stage with pumpkin bits in
his hair and on his jacket vowing never to return
to the stage again.
moment on, he couldn't stand the site of pumpkins
because it reminded him of that embarressing night
at the concert hall. He spent the rest of his life
writing music for the nose.
If life deals you a pumpkin, make pumpkin pie.