Connecticut
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Annie and The Natural Wonder Band

Annie and Safari Bob create and perform fun-filled, interactive songs and dances about the wonders of nature for the whole family to enjoy. For the past 30 years the Natural Wonder Band has performed for over 850,000 friends around the world. Shows are: "On Safari" (rainforest, jungle), "Whales and Tales" (fish, lobster, shark, and sea creatures), "Totally Bugged Out" (bugs, insects, spiders), and "Everyday is Earth Day" (environment, recycling, conservation, endangered species).

For detailed show descriptions, bio, and performance fees, click on the blue/green MORE link below.

 

The husband and wife team starred in "Annie's Place" on Cablevision, were spotlighted on "Good Day New York" and The Fairfield Exchange and featured in articles by the New York Times, Family Fun Magazine, The Gannet Papers, The Hartford Courant, and online blogs. Annie has sung the National Anthem at Shea Stadium 3 times and has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, The United Nations, Natural History Museum of L.A., the Beardsley Zoo and the Mystic, Norwalk, and Brooklyn Aquariums. Annie and Safari Bob wrote the centennial theme for the Bronx Zoo. The married duo has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, museum, gardens, zoo's, aquariums and city and town parks.

NWB SHOW DESCRIPTIONS:

On Safari with Annie

"On Safari" is a fun-filled, interactive concert full of original songs about the rainforest.Get ready to dance along to the "Hippa Hippopotamus", become a "Beautiful Frog", act like a "Real Cool Cat" (lions and tigers and cheetahs, oh my!), learn the difference between an ape and a monkey, shake your finger at the Amazon River creatures, do the "Funky Elephant", chime in for endangered species on "Gone Forever" and join the chorus of "When You Wake Up Early in the Jungle". Performed at the United Nations, the Bronx Zoo, the Beardsley Zoo, Audubon Society, Central Park Zoo.

Whales and Tales

Discover the wonders of marine life in "Whales & Tales." Annie & the Natural Wonder Band will take you on a musical cruise from the depths of "Welcome to the world of Benthos" to the heights of "Flying Fish Rock." Meet "Lobster George", learn the "Fiddler Crab Dance", and sing "S-Y-M-B-I-O-S-I-S" with a hermit crab, sea anemone, and clown fish. Annie will be swimming out to the audience for "Make a Wish and Be a Fish." Will you be a seahorse, a crustacean, an echinoderm, or sea mammal, perhaps? Or will you be part of the school of sharks on "I'm a Shark?" Find out and have some fun! The show has been performed at the Mystic Aquarium, New York Aquarium, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, as well as numerous schools and libraries.

Totally Bugged Out

Don't get bugged, get totally bugged out! How? Why, hop like a green grasshopper, follow the journey of the monarch butterfly, learn the waggle dance of the honeybee field worker and celebrate pollination by shaking a fruit or vegetable maraca on "We Are a Salad." Bring along a bug joke to share and count the parts of a ladybug, too. All songs are original and interactive. Performed at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Audubon Societies, as well as schools and libraries.

Everyday is Earth Day

"Every Day is Earth Day" is a fun-filled, interactive concert about the wonders of nature and what we can do to preserve them. Topics such as global warming, overflowing landfills, water pollution, and deforestation are addressed through positive songs like "Gotta Move" (about alternative means of transportation), "R-E-C-Y-C-L-E", "Save the Seas", and "Magical Trees". All songs are original and based on research. The show uses puppets, props, sing and dance-alongs as well as varied musical styles. Songs have been used by the American Heart Association, DEP and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

Pre-School Greatest Hits

Upbeat, interactive songs for the pre-school set about colors, shapes, letters, numbers, sequencing, animals, parts of the body, and music, itself. Annie will play guitar and joyfully share her bags of rhythm instruments, puppets, and props with the children for story songs, movement, and musical fun. Annie has taught pre-school music for 25 years in addition to performing full time. This show includes her original songs and movements plus most requested standards.

Garden Party!

Annie and Safari Bob of the Natural Wonder Band invite all to a musical “Garden Party” this summer! Get ready for songs, dances, jokes and puppets featuring birds, bunnies, bees, flowers, turtles, and trees. Come make the green scene and party hearty! Appropriate for all ages.

Performance Fees

The Duo - Annie and Safari Bob  - 1 Show 45-50 minutes in length - $350. to $400.

The band (duo plus bass & drums) - 1 show - $800.

Prices are negotiiable and fluctuate according to number of shows, number of performers and travel distance.

Additional Links: 
Mamaroneck Festival 2017
Fall Festival 2017
Recorded at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History "Bug Festival"!!

I Have Worked With

  • March 2019

    What a wonder-full experience! Below is a quote from the Facebook page:

    "Annie and Safari Bob treated kids and parents to wonderful songs about nature, including ones about lobsters and members of the ape family. They created a melodic jungle symphony with a few volunteers and some helpful moms, danced the polka, and led a conga line around the room. It was great to see parents and kids up dancing and learning about the natural world!"

  • August 2018

    In 2018, we performed "Going Wild", a mixed bag of songs and dances from our 9 CD's. The interactive concert was 50 minutes and the age of the audience ranged from 3 to 10, with happy adults. Heather wrote us and said "You were fantastic!"  We are returning in 2019 with our new "Garden Party" show.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Safari Bob
Job Title/Position: 
Partner, guitarist singer/songwriter
Mailing Address: 
531A Heritage Village
Southbury, CT 06488
Physical Address: 
531A Heritage Village
Southbury, CT 06488
Last Name: 
Grilli
Phone: 
914-325-5468

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Children's
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Science
Music - Children's
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1987
Populations Served: 
Elders
Families
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Wrote and performed the centennial theme for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Centennial Celebration at Lincoln Center; United Nations - 4 performances including UNEP Global Youth Forum; American Heart Association commendation; Bonaire Family Day.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
one electrical outlet and a parking space
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Certifications / Training: 
TESOL Certificate