21. HUMANITIES: how many trombones 'led the big parade' in a song from the musical 'The Music Man'?
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'The Music Man' is a musical about Harold Hill, a conman who travels to a midwestern town in Iowa on the pretext of starting a boys' marching band and selling uniforms and instruments, before skipping town with the money. However, he falls in love with Marian Paroo, the town's librarian, and ends up leading a band for real. 'Seventy-Six Trombones' is Hill's pitch for the marching band, in which he claims to have seen a parade with an exaggerated number of instruments, and even fifty-odd cannons! Several real-life marching bands have added it to their repertoire and in Mason City, Iowa, writer Meredith Willson's home town, one room in the Music Man Square building has 76 donated trombones hanging from the ceiling.
'Family Guy' fans might remember Peter Griffin celebrating a touchdown by getting cheerleaders, players and referees to join in with a rendition of 'Shipoopi', another song from the musical, in 'Patriot Games'.