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1812 Overture By Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

By dkrasley, 03/13/2011

This was a sequence I was working on for 2011. But I got it finished and added to the show for the last 2 evenings.

I had a few requests for this song and I actually was already working on it so I put it on my next up list!

We collected over $1300 for StJude childrens hospital.

Most of our other videos are on vimeo because I get tired of the youtube copyright issues. They can be seen here:

Our website is:


Happy spring!

Don and Tammy Krasley

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Thanks guys. It's great to have other CrAzY people like your work. I loved doing it and it looks awesome out side. I cant wait for winter again to get it back out and put this back in motion.

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Don and Tammy, This is the most awesome video yet! I almost breezed by this and decided I owed it to you to watch it anyway.

MAN! The only thing your lacking is fire and/or some type of explosion! The stars are awesome and the way things turn all white and explode..... BRAVO! TAKE A BOW! THIS IS POETRY IN MOTION! And I LIKE the patriotic theme!

I'm glad I stopped by today! NO MEMBERS should miss this video!

One day I plan on doing something like this but I have to get out of this town I'm in right now.

Thanks! I'll be watching this again for sure! Do you have any other videos to watch?


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OK, I'm bowing. Thanks for the comment but I didnt see it quite as well as you did, yet I'm just the wacko who made it happen. Sometimes you get tired of the song after listening to it a million times.

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