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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Hidden Valley, AZ

    No so much a gig...

    Last Thursday, the 8th May It was evening outdoors and I tripped over a forgotten garden hose. The next thing on the agenda was a face plant, downhill, into some good-sized stones.

    The result was my C1 & C2 cervical vertebrae were shattered. Luckily, I didn't snap the cord. Oh yes,and a nice hole in my forehead making for a truly memorable birthday, too.

    Days in a great trauma center with a truly magical neurosurgeon and a titanium lag screw has let me come home to mend with no joint fusion to restrict my movements forever.

    This will be some long road to recovery, and learning how to function in a halo brace is just tough. But I'm still here, and will get back to playing ASAP!

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    My goodness!!!! What a terrible thing to have happen. So sorry to learn of this, Dennis. Here's hoping you get all the way back to normal soon. Please be careful and mend well, your euphonium will be waiting for you. I would like to hear when you are back!!

    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Oh man Dennis that sounds terrible! My prayers for full recovery. Take care.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank

    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed)
    El Relicario (Jose Padilla; arr. R. Longfield)

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    Wow - I'm sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know a lot about this things, but I gather that not fusing things is a good deal. One has to marvel at the medical technology available these days. Apparently your face came out of it OK except for the forehead thing. Eyes/nose/mouth were my first thought when I saw "face plant."

    On the bright side, it's good this wasn't a gig story. Otherwise you'd probably have a horn to fix, too.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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  5. #5
    Sorry to hear. I hope you get better soon.
    John Packer JP274L Euphonium
    “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Hi Dennis,

    Very sorry to hear about your injury. Sounds rough. Best wishes for a quick recovery!

    Adrian L. Quince
    Composer, Conductor, Euphoniumist

    Kanstul 976 - SM4U

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Indianapolis area
    Wishing you a quick recovery! Fusions are nothing to mess with--my L4 and L5 were fused in 1965, when the surgery was primitive compared to today's techniques. Happy birthday, too...despite all the crap!
    Jim Williams N9EJR (love 10 meters)
    Yamaha 642-II Neo, Wedge 103E, SM3.5
    Yamaha 321, Yamaha 621 Baritone
    Conn 50H trombone
    Blue P-bone

  8. Dennis, I am so sorry to hear of your fall. I did a face plant outside the WGBH studio exactly 3 years ago. I thought I had it bad with a black eye, busted glasses, two broken fingers, and 2 more sprained and badly bruised (embouchure wasn't great either). But you win the prize. I will say that I did a 2 day recording session starting the next day with my hand in a brace.

    I do thank the powers that be that you had fantastic care and are on the mend. Take care of yourself and let your family spoil you!

    My best wishes and prayers.

    Sterling Virtuoso 1065HGS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HGS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Hidden Valley, AZ
    Thank you all, my good friends.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    San Diego, California
    Sorry to hear what happened Dennis! Ugh!
    Miraphone 5050 Ambassador
    Mp: Wick SM4 Ultra X
    The San Diego Concert Band
    Big Brass Quartet- tuba ensemble (EETT)

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