School Enrichment Programs for Primary and Secondary Grades

Where do musical instruments come from?

Leonard Solomon proves that they are born from a love of music and a passion for invention. Since he first created The Majestic Bellowphone in 1983, he has been delighting audiences young and old with his interpretations of well-known musical works, performed on some of the most ingenious instruments ever heard or seen.

He interprets classics such as Handel’s Water Music or Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture on a miniature pipe organ built from plumbing parts and coat hanger wire, and he demonstrates the workings of pipes, reeds and homemade whistles. The students are shown how an ordinary drinking straw can become a “beeper,” and how a tube made of dog food cans can produce a surprisingly rich tone.

The Bellowphone Show is enjoyed by teachers and students alike, and is appropriate for all primary and secondary grades. The specific content of any given performance is geared to the grade levels present, and questions from the audience are encouraged after the show.

Some of the Boston area schools that have hosted Leonard Solomon and The Bellowphone Show:

Attleborough High School, Attleborough, MA
Alcott School, Concord, MA
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Pompositticut School, Stow, MA
Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms, MA
Citizens School, Dorchester, MA
Center School, Chelmsford, MA
Solomon Schechter Day School, Newton, MA
Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA
North School, Seekonk, MA
Fayerweather School, Cambridge, MA
Bowman School, Lexington, MA
Weston Middle School, Weston, MA
The Field School, Weston, MA
Northeast School, Waltham, MA
St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA
Hunnewell School, Wellesley, MA
Peter Fitzpatrick School, Pepperell, MA
Juniper Hill Elementary School, Framingham, MA
Cohen Hillel Academy, Marblehead, MA
Westlands School, Chelmsford, MA
Charles River School, Dover, MA
Nathaniel Wixon School, Dennis, MA
Washington Oak School, Coventry, RI
Pine Glen School, Burlington, MA
Fox Hill School, Burlington, MA
Memorial School, Burlington, MA
Daniel Butler School, Belmont, MA
Deer Hill School, Cohassett, MA
Duxbury Middle School, Duxbury, MA
Alden School, Duxbury, MA
Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Plymouth, MA
Oxford School, Fairhaven, MA
Broad Meadows School, Quincy, MA
Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, Mattapoisett, MA

Leonard Solomon and
The Majestic Bellowphone
circa 1985

Leonard Solomon and
The Callioforte
circa 1994

Leonard Solomon
circa 1985

Signing an autograph
in Japan 1999

The Phenomenon 2006

The Mad Minstrel
with Dog Whistles at
King Richard's Faire 2006