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homemade tv Damon Brown can’t emphasize enough how small the production UPDATE team for The Biscuit Brothers is. “If you see Jerome, Allen and me in front of the camera, that means there’s nobody behind the camera,” says Brown, a.k.a. Tiny Scarecrow. But if you’ve ever seen The Biscuit Brothers on KLRU or any of the 40 PBS markets that get it free, that’s hard to believe. The children’s music education show has as high a production value as anything on the Disney Channel. But the show’s actually produced for a fraction of what it should cost, at least in money. That’s thanks to the multi-talented, entrepreneurial and unabashedly daring trio of Allen Robertson, Jerome Schoolar and Brown who play Buford, Dusty and Tiny (that’s Brown’s wife, Jill Leberknight as Buttermilk) as well as write, direct, produce, edit and perform just about everything else. “Daring” because in the beginning, none of them really knew how to put together 35 minutes of children’s programming. Not to mention raise money for it, distribute it and keep it on the air for six years. The big secret to their success lies in being able to stay true to the show’s mission: to teach, inspire and

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engage kids with music. “If a kid grows up watching just ‘American Idol’,” says Robertson, “he’s going to think music is just a competition.” Adds Brown, “Our show is more vision driven than commercial driven.” Letters from parents attest: “I do not doubt that your show has influenced my kids’ love of music,” wrote a mom from Indiana. And with school music programs being trimmed to extinction, kids need shows like Biscuit Brothers more than ever. Spring 2011

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