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Released 1981
Format LP
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. CTW 22095

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In the album-length story contained on Big Bird Discovers the Orchestra, Mr. Maestro has lost his orchestra, and asks detective Big Bird to help him find it. Big Bird encounters each section of the orchestra, and learns about the instruments. He then places the section into his little red wagon and continues on his journey.

The orchestra members include the following:

  • Jean-Jacques Jean, french horn
  • Flip Flunkit, trumpet
  • Joan, trombone (who learned to play from Stan, who sings "Trombone Man")
  • Booba, tuba
  • The string family: Victor Vivaldi (violin), Viola Vivaldi (viola), Variety Vivaldi (cello) and Vernado Vivaldi (double bass)

This album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children, but lost to Sesame Country.

Track listing

Side One

  1. Overture
  2. Makin' Music's Fun
  3. Galop for French Horn
  4. Trombone Man
  5. Oom-Pah-Pah
  6. Opus for Oboe
  7. Pizza Polka

Side Two

  1. Concerto for Pots and Pans
  2. I'm a Cymbal Player
  3. Piano Tuner's Tango
  4. Me and My Baton
  5. Big Bird's Heroica Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Opus 55
  6. Makin' Music's Fun (reprise)


and the Voices of Les Girls: Maeretha Stewart, Ivy Austin and Krystal Davis

Production credits

The Orchestra

Other releases

See also