Judy Avila's Classical Moment Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Sacramento, CA My dad played different classical pieces every Sunday morning. So we were raised withit. My brother is a classically trained bassist. But whenever I hear the 1812 Overture (with cannons), I am reminded of him. When we were young, (he was about 8) he used to play the 1812 Overture over and over again. We couldn’t figure out what he was doing until we saw that he had arranged his stuffed animals to be his “orchestra” and he was conducting them.