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  1. Odd or Funny Things that Happened During a Gig

    And of course there's the apocryphal story of the high school bass drummer who got four measures behind in a concert, and tried to catch up...


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    Odd or Funny Things that Happened During a Gig

    Twas the night before Christmas,
    And all through the church,
    A few people were stirring,
    For seats they did search.
    Ok, so much for my attempt at poetry... This past Christmas Eve we had a brass quintet for the two services (7 PM and 9 PM). I also had a solo to play, "O Come, O Come Emanuel". My solo at 7 PM went pretty well, but because I couldn't hear the piano real well, I decided for the 9 o'clock service to just stand in place (from within the quintet) and play. The pianist/organist had played about 10 mins of prelude before the 7 PM service so I expected him to do the same for the 9 PM. Not so. All of a sudden he looked at me and mouthed, 'Ready?'. So I stood up, without changing to my music glasses, raised my stand and thought I was ready to play. After the 4 meas. intro, I started to play -- which was to be a bit of a fanfare before the hymn actually started. Well, I forgot that my lap cushion was still stuck in my bell. What a sound!! Or should I say NO SOUND!! Sheesh!! I was about 2 meas late for any sound to be heard. I really wanted to start over, but couldn't make eye contact with the accompanist. As there were several congregants not yet in their seats, I hope not everyone noticed.

    Sure hope I don't ever do that again.
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  3. Odd or Funny Things that Happened During a Gig

    i was performing fantasy by philip spark for my senior solo with my highschools top band last year, and as i was playing my second vaulve slide must have been greasd too well, becuase i played a note and it shot out across the stage. We then had to stop, i had to walk over and pick up my slide ( which was magicly un dented and perfectly fine!) and then resume..very embarrasing


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    I had played trombone for the past five years but my freshman year during a marching band practice I took too many steps forward and ended up getting my horn slammed into my mouth by a flag. After we finished the movement, I ran off the field. Upon reaching the mirror in the bathroom I had found that my front tooth had about 1 cm totally knocked off and that my mouth was full of blood. To make things worse, during this time i had been wearing braces. So when i went to the orthodontist, the doctor told me that I was going to have to wear the braces for another 6 months. Fortunately I chose to switch to euph. One of the best decisions I have made so far!

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    Wow, hadn't seen this thread until now.

    Karnival or Fasching in Germany is essentially the merrymaking before Lent hits. Lots of parades, lots of drinking, lots of tomfoolery.

    I'm playing in an Army band in a small town in Germany (Bad Hersfeld, IIRC) and I'm marching in the front rank in the right file -- real close to the spectators.

    One particularly well-oiled clown decided to drop an ear of corn down my bell while I was playing. Needless to say I was NOT happy about that, but no damage was done to me or the instrument. The ear of corn sustained permanent damage, I'm afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eupher6 View Post
    Wow, hadn't seen this thread until now.

    Karnival or Fasching in Germany is essentially the merrymaking before Lent hits. Lots of parades, lots of drinking, lots of tomfoolery.

    I'm playing in an Army band in a small town in Germany (Bad Hersfeld, IIRC) and I'm marching in the front rank in the right file -- real close to the spectators.

    One particularly well-oiled clown decided to drop an ear of corn down my bell while I was playing. Needless to say I was NOT happy about that, but no damage was done to me or the instrument. The ear of corn sustained permanent damage, I'm afraid.
    I don't blame you there. I don't think I'd be happy either. What an awkward situation!

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    I remember one performance where we did a marching show outside. Unfortunately, it was raining very hard. During our performance, all the Euphs flooded and we couldn't play a single note anymore. As we marched with shoulderbands attached, we couldn't tilt the instruments to empty the water. After the show, all our colleagues where astonished by the amount of water we poured out of our instruments.
    Martin Monné
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    • Hirsbrunner HBS 378 Standard, 4-valve compensating (1983)
    • Mahillon Bass Saxhorn, 4-valve (1927)
    • Anton Hüller Tenor Horn, 3-valve (Early 20th Century, HP, wallhanger)


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