Air Horn Orchestra sounds off in N.C.

The Air Horn Orchestra only knows one song, in the key of G-Horrible, but what it lacks in variety it makes up for in tenacity.


A cadre of North Carolina noise-makers, the ensemble will be tuning up outside the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, Wednesday night, to express its displeasure at House Bill 2, legislation that recently cost North Carolina the NBA 2017 All-Star Game.

This so-called “bathroom bill” has sparked national protest and caused the cancellation or transfer of a variety of events planned for North Carolina, including shows by Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil and others.

In response, the Air Horn Orchestra plans to vent. Loudly. “We’re blowing the whistle after Gov. (Pat) McCrory’s big air-ball,” said co-conductor Grayson Haver Currin. “His decision to sign HB2 cost our state the big game — and cost our economy over $100 million.”

This will be the 16th performance by the Air Horn Orchestra. As Peter Schickele would say, all they need for accompaniment would be a good set of brake drums.

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