A member of the National Symphony Orchestra has built an electric violin out of a baseball bat. Just before the Fourth of July, Glenn Donnellan’s used his creation to play the Star-Spangled Banner. He posted a video of his performance online, and it became a YouTube sensation.
Donnellan made his baseball-bat violin to use in children’s concerts. He borrowed backstage tools from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and he spent hours making holes with a drill press. Now, thousands of people have watched him play this unusual instrument on the Internet.
The Washington Nationals have invited Donnellan to play the National Anthem before a baseball game on Aug. 8.