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Tunes from the ’toons

Published on January 16, 2018 10:20AM


Music lovers can expect an animated performance this Sunday, Jan. 21, when The Queen’s Cartoonists come to Tillamook for a concert packed with numbers straight out of Looney Toons.

The New York City-based jazz band performs musical scores from cartoons ranging from the 1920s to the present day, including classic Warner Brothers cartoons, early Disney films, cult-classics like “The Simpsons” and “Star Wars” and even modern animation.

“They are an incredible band with very tight precision,” said Adam Schwend, director of cultural events for Monday Musical Club of Tillamook. “A lot of us were first introduced to orchestral music and classical music through cartoons; music plays a huge part in cartoons and films and without musical scores it would be a totally different and lesser experience.”

The Queen’s cartoonist was the brainchild of pianist and composer Joel “Slim Pickins” Pierson, who was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd.

“The golden age for music in cartoons was definitely late ’20s through ’50s,” Pierson said. “That’s when all the Warners Brothers Cartoons were made, and the old Disney films put a lot of effort into the musical scores. It’s all very memorable — everyone knows ‘Kill the Wabbit’ — and we want to bring back those memories.”  

Each show is also an opportunity to educate audience members on the musical scores they are about to hear. Woven between the musical acts are stories and anecdotes involving the cartoons and the composers that helped bring them to life.

“This educational component was one of the things that excited us most,” Schwend said. “It’s something we try to do with all our shows is include either students, locals or some sort of educational opportunity for attendees, so the folks that are a part of our shows are not only giving a great performance but an aspect of music education as well. They are, through their performance, showing us how important music is to our cultural experience and our childhood.”

The show begins at 2 pm at Tillamook High School, 2605 12th Street. Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, are available at www.mondaymusicalclub.com or at TLC Federal Credit Union and the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce. Students aged 18 and under get in free.

For more information on the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, contact Schwend at 503-457-8865 or apschwend@gmail.com.



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