Sesame Street
Plot Practicing for a marching band
repeat of 3261
Air date March 12, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Sponsors P, U, 3
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo recites today's sponsors as Telly blows them from his tuba, which he'll be practicing a lot on today.
SCENE 1 Telly explains he's practicing his tuba to play in Bob's Sesame Street Marching Band. His playing is in fine shape, but he needs to also practice his marching. Elmo doesn't think that'll be too hard, but Telly shows how difficult it is to march and play at the same time (falling over each time).
Song "It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There." (Vocals by Jerry Nelson)
(First: Episode 3398)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Muppets Kermit says his "ABC's of the Swamp."
(EKA: Episode 2559)
Cartoon Junior has to jump across the pond to make the frog chorus.
(First: Episode 0926)
Aardvark edited
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2520)
Muppets Big Bird sings how proud he is to be a bird, even if he's not an aardvark.
(First: Episode 3273)
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)
Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang the Seal demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3389)
Luxo Jr
Animation Luxo Jr.: Up and Down
(First: Episode 3130)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Telly continue to practice marching and playing, while a nearby Anything Muppet has a hard time communicating with Maria because of the noise. He notes that Linda or Luis aren't bothered by the noise and Maria explains Linda is deaf (and explains her sign language). They also discover Luis isn't deterred by the noise because of his ear plugs.
Film How to say "butterfly" in sign language
(First: Episode 3341)
Muppets Grover sits in a park and recites a poem about a butterfly that he sees.
(EKA: Episode 2448)
Film Two girls sing "My Picky Playmate" as they clap.
(First: Episode 3299)
Typewriter P
Cartoon The Typewriter: P for Pencil
(First: Episode 0782)
Cartoon P for paper, point, poke, paint, pat, peel
(First: Episode 3066)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Song This is the Way We Count and Sing (from one to ten).
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 3 Elmo, seeing how much fun the marching band sounds, fetches his violin and shows Telly how well he can emulate the "oompahs" and marching. Together, however, they can't keep from falling over each other as they march.
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0440)

Film Kids practice circus acts and give a performance in a gymnasium.
(First: Episode 2889)
Muppets Big Bird exclaims "Amazing!"
(First: Episode 3191)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings "Three on Lady's Lap."
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets Seahorses 1, 2, 3
(First: Episode 2925)
Cartoon 3 song (butterflies, birthday presents, waving pennants etc.)
(First: Episode 0927)

SCENE 4 Luis puts the radio on in the Fix-It Shop, then leaves the room for a moment. Zoe enters and, seeing no one around, shuts off the radio off. Luis comes back to silence and activates his radio, which Zoe turns off again. When Luis finally enters the room when she's present, she explains she's been doing what her mommy told her: turning off electrical appliances when no one's using them to save energy. Luis tells her that won't be necessary, as he'll only be out of the room for a few seconds. As he goes into the back room again, Zoe finds something else to save energy on - the lights.
Cartoon A little girl leaves everything on in the house, until the TV set recites a poem about sharing electricity.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2845)
Film Chimps running around (piano music)
(First: Episode 2493)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Telephone Rock."
(First: Episode 0733)
Animation The word TELEPHONE is displayed, followed by a ringing telephone.
(First: Episode 3048)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird and tennis star Michael Chang play tennis together and tie their shoes.
(First: Episode 3145)
Film Kids talk about playing tennis.
(First: Episode 3148)
Animation Sand U / u
(First: Episode 0624)
Muppets The Martians discover a "U."
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(EKA: Episode 0869)
Muppets "Big Bird Doesn't Fly"
(First: Episode 3249)
Cartoon P is for Painting
(EKA: Episode 0796)
Animation The letter P appears in words on buildings.
(First: Episode 3329)
Muppets Monty sings "Watermelons and Cheese," the improper way to answer the phone.
(First: Episode 3214)
Film A boy who lives in Alaska narrates a film of himself going ice-fishing with his grandfather and sister.
(EKA: Episode 2375)
Cartoon A parade of toys illustrates first and last.
(EKA: Episode 2857)


SCENE 5 Linda, Maria, Luis, Zoe, the kids and others gather outside 123 Sesame Street to watch Bob lead the Sesame Street Marching Band in a parade. Everyone applauds as Elmo and Telly march past. Celina announces the sponsors, when Telly and Elmo have another crash encounter just around the corner.

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