I was just wondering about what truly outlandish things you have witnessed in the world of music. We already have the “Crazy things done by conductors” discussion so maybe give them a break.
In fifth and sixth grade (c 1963-1965) I was a beginning coronet player and had a love affair with music going back many years before that. We were lucky, the Kingsvile, Texas school system was always bringing wonderful performances to town for the elementary schools. One of the big events each year was the San Antonio Symphony. A bus would take us to the Former A&I University (Now Texas A&M at Kingsville) and we would get a really nice concert.
Being in love with the instruments I paid really close attention to everything that was going on. One of those years I would periodically hear a mistake and see one of the string bass players look condemningly at the bass player next to him. After a while it became obvious to me that the person making the mistakes was the person looking at the other player.
This did not really teach me proper music etiquette, but I did learn something of human nature. I wonder if he really thought he was fooling anyone and I wonder what he would think knowing almost fifty years later he hasn’t been forgotten.
How about you, any “interesting” musician stories to tell?
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