1812 overture

Have I mentioned that I played in a symphony?

Well… one year, our last piece was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It was fun. And, as a special, taking it to the next level, our conductor got a shotgun (because it sounds more like a cannon) for the performance. So we in the orchestra knew when the blams were coming, but we all jumped a bit when it the shotgun was being fired by the high-school drummer. (Notice, I say, “drummer” and not “percussionist”. Don’t worry, I think he eventually grew up to be a percussionist.)

Thinking back, what a brave thing…trusting your musicians to not get distracted by a shotgun blasting away.

I’m told that the police were called, because we were setting off the alarm in a different building that day.



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