He can play the William Tell Overture with pencils


NAME: Jim Hauer

AGE: 64



ON HIS BUCKET LIST: Playing lead guitar in a three-piece band

Jim Hauer has developed an unusual talent, because of his love of music he learned to play music using wooden pencils and his mouth. He is particularly entertaining while playing the William Tell Overture or as some may remember it, the opening theme to ‘The Lone Ranger.’

Where did you learn how to play music in such an unusual and unique way?

Sitting at my desk with a pencil in my mouth. I started tapping the pencil with another pencil while I was thinking. I noticed that I could change the tone of the pencil strike and the rest is history.

What inspired you to learn how to play tunes with pencils of all things?

I have been a musician all of my life, still actively playing in bands at my ripe old age. The pencils allow me to play impromptu music with objects just laying around and entertain people on the spot with my unique stylings.

Do you know any more tunes besides the overture?

Anything you can whistle you can play with pencils. I choose the William Tell Overture because the rhythm translates well to the pencils.

Do you have any other unique skills you think people would find interesting or unusual?

I am a professional magician.

Going to the technical services company you operate, what is your normal day like?

As the owner, I do no repairs. My day is taken up by managing the business and trying to generate new clients.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

As with most small businesses, cash flow. The money goes out faster than it comes in sometimes.

Why did you decide the job was right for you?

I lost a really good job in Iowa as the sales and marketing manager for a similar type company and decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to family. I saw the business was for sale so I took a chance, bought the business and moved to North Carolina.

So, do you have a bucket list? What is the most challenging thing you think is realistic to accomplish and how would you do it?

Playing lead guitar in a three-piece band in front of a large festival crowd. I just need to find a bass player and drummer that “get” what I am trying to do and start gigging.

Is there anything you wish your peers or the younger generation should know? If so, what is it?

Decide what you want to do with your life as early as possible. Then spend your life trying to achieve that goal. Having a picture of the future will help you make the right decisions along the way.

What is the most important life lesson you think you’ve learned?

Life ebbs and flows, takes twists and turns, some good, some bad. But God is always looking after me. I thank him for the good times and trust him during the bad times. Don’t sweat the small stuff... you’re born and then you die, everything in between is small stuff.


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