By Ed Martin, Editor

Dave Enns performed for a bunch of kids and their parents Wednesday in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium. Enns is known as Dave the Horn Guy in his act.
Dave Enns performed for a bunch of kids and their parents Wednesday in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium. Enns is known as Dave the Horn Guy in his act.
Dave Enns, affectionally known by his fans as Dave the Horn Guy, loves music. The talented musician – when he's not performing on America's Got Talent or in front of a bunch of wide-eyed kids – currently works as a church worship pastor, guiding his Gateway Bible Church music program in Scott's Valley, a community near the California city of Santa Cruz.

On Wednesday, the Kings County Library brought his unique brand of entertainment to a bunch of kids and their parents at the Lemoore Civic Auditorium. It wasn’t his only show that day. He also delivered an encore performance in Stratford. He was scheduled to visit Hanford and Corcoran on Thursday.

What is it exactly that he does? Well, he's a guy with a bunch of horns – and they're attached to his body. Using his various body parts, he manipulates the horns, finding the right notes and chords, managing somehow to produce a recognizable song. He can play anything from Mozart to the Beatles. But don't ask him to play Barry Manilow.

Dave Enns performs in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium.
Dave Enns performs in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium.
His unique musical talent has taken him from the church pulpit to the Hollywood stage.

The Canadian-born Enns grew up in Niagara Falls (the Canadian side) where thanks to a musical family, he fell in love with music. He mastered the piano at an early age and conquered an array of other instruments. He has a unique talent that ultimately led to a career as Dave the Horn Guy.

Along the way, the 45-year-old Enns found time to marry his wife Amy and raise four children.

Enns has certainly enjoyed a satisfying "showbiz" career, one that began with a simple church Christmas show – at which he delivered an early rendition of his "Horn Guy" act. It turns out the folks in his church liked it – and apparently, so did others.

Enns soon found himself performing on the first season of America's Got Talent (he was the very first performer and eventually made it to the semifinals) in 2005.

But earlier, his Dave the Horn Guy act earned him a spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and ultimately, his "church" act blossomed into a full-fledged career that eventually found him performing at NBA games, corporate gigs, and football halftime shows. He also won the top spot on The Gong Show and performed in Europe during an eight-year span that had him working virtually full time.

"It started as a church Christmas show," remembered Enns during a meeting Wednesday night at his local Airbnb. "I remember the second night I was performing it, and it got a big response."

That night was the beginning of his career as Dave the Horn Guy. His act began with a trip to Walmart, where he bought ten standard bicycle horns and attached them to his body. Using his body parts, he managed to elicit various notes from the horns. At the Christmas program, he played a version of "Jingle Bells" that brought down the house.

Somehow the word got around about his unusual act. And it was shortly after the Christmas show in 2004, that the Tonight Show called. "This could be an act," thought Enns. "This could be something. I thought we might make a go of it."

He managed to turn his act into an 8-year career and a high-voltage pilgrimage that transported him from the corporate boardrooms and NBA arenas of America, to the stages of Europe.

While the television appearances and the basketball and football gigs have slowed down, Enns continues to perform, mostly in California where he performs at community events and in educational settings.

His show isn't just a one-man gig. Enns utilizes a bit of wizardry and technology to bring his show to life, including creating a alter ego that jousts with him during the show. At certain points in the show, Enns steps behind a screen to compete with his look-a-like.

Lemoore's morning show in the Lemoore Civic Auditorium brought plenty of smiles to the 50 or so kids and parents who attended the upbeat and entertaining performance.

'America's Got Talent' alum Dave Enns brings his 'Dave the Horn Guy' act to Kings County