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Community Band Rehearsal - Are we not men?
Community Band Rehearsal
Let me just say, tonight's band rehearsal was the funniest yet.

This crazy guy, Bill, he's... crazy-like. He has like 75 trumpets (110 cornets?) because he likes to buy trumpets. So, he shows up late to rehearsal, and then, he's all "Oh, I forgot my music!"
He had just left it in the car, though, so he ran out to get it while we started the first tune. Then, he gets back in and sits down, and he says "There's a quarter in my trumpet!" and he showed me, and it did indeed look like a coin was stuck down in the bell of his trumpet!
So, he borrows my dad's spare trumpet, and then he realizes he didn't bring any valve oil (this stuff you use to lube the trumpet finger thingys - also known as valves). So he borrows that from my dad.
Then, my dad finds this long metal stick thingy, so he hands that to Bill so that Bill can retreive the quarter from his trumpet.
Bill sticks the thing in, and out pops a dime!
Naturally, we all made the joke "Wait - another dime and a nickel will come out in a minute!"

Then later he did something goofy, but it's so trumpet-specific that I would have a difficult time describing it to non-brass players.

For some reason, having a coin stuck in one's trumpet is really really funny to me.
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From:heyjana
Whiner.
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 09:34 pm
 
Did he happen to mention how it got there?
Zephyr once got the mouthpiece stuck in the bell of mine and it was a pain to get it out without scratching the bell all up.
From:raditzsex
Phwoar!
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 11:31 pm
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All he said was "Hmm... there's a quarter in my trumpet."

And that reminds me. Fred is my dad, and at the beginning of rehearsal we were setting up the rehearsal area, and I noticed that my dad wasn't actually doing any work! He was just walking around trying to look busy just like I usually do! So I said to another girl "Look, Fred isn't actually doing any work!"
He did that again at the end of rehearsal, so I said "YOU AREN'T DOING ANY ACTUAL WORK!!" and he replied "I'm supervising!!"

So, that was fun, because I got to refer to my dad as Fred.
From:jakebullet
I've been goosed!
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 09:51 pm
 
I'm a fellow trumpet player. First chair in my high school band, as a matter of fact. Describe the goofy thing he did so that I can appreciate the goofiness of it.
From:raditzsex
Are you gonna eat that?
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 11:29 pm
 Re:
OK, we're playing some song that has a solo for his part, and the solo has loads of accidentals so that it is effectively in the key of D-flat or something. Now, the solo itself is quite easy, it's just the accidentals are odd. So, he pulled his tuning slide out all the way so he could play an "A" trumpet! It sounds like doo, as you may know, because the B-flat trumpet is not designed to be made into an A trumpet. He did that just to make the fingerings easier -- but all the fingerings are 1st and 2nd!!! HOW CAN THAT BE HARD. It's not even a fast piece!!

The director asked him after rehearsal what he was doing with the pulling and the thing. Me and another guy whispered "He's doing something goofy. Duh."
From:valamelmeo
This place is filthy.
Date: May 7th, 2003 - 02:45 am
 you don't have to be a brass player to understand that...
just a band geek. ^_^
From:lobotomymonkey
Stop asking about milk already.
Date: May 7th, 2003 - 04:53 am
 
You and your dad play together in the community band?
That's really cool!
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