That Was The Week That Was . . .

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Roger Thorne, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Is it just my band, or do players in general become more accident prone the week before the Area Contest?

    Over the years I've had to contend with a Bass Player falling off his horse and breaking his wrist the night before the contest.

    A Bass Trombone player writing off his car by rolling it a couple of times and crashing through a hedge - three days before the contest.

    A Cornet player having to walk on stage supported by crutches due to a fractured ankle and to cap it all at our last rehearsal our 2nd Trombone player took a nasly tumble outside the bandroom. Fortunately it was only his pride that was hurt.

    These are on top of the usual bout of cold sores, mouth ulcers and colds that seem to attack my players in the run up to the contest.

    There's still a couple of weeks to go and I'm now dreading the phone call which starts . . . . "I've got some good news and bad news"!

    Is it just my band or do you have any stories you can share.

  2. Ruthless

    Ruthless Member

    Not at area time but....A certain Euph player in my old band in Sheffield fell off the stage at the finals. Think he used the Euph to break his fall - whoops
  3. euphfanhan

    euphfanhan Member

    Not sure about the areas, but we didn't make the last contest we entered. 3 players had flu, one player was in a car crash which wrote off his car and his bass (now euphonium sized) and another bass player had his instrument stolen! All in the week before the contest. I don't think it was meant to be!
  4. Baritonedeaf

    Baritonedeaf Member

    We lost a Trombone player two years ago to a Unihock puck to the mouth on the Friday afternoon before the contest, the same year a cornet player took a hockey stick to the mouth and lost a bit of lip earlier during the week!


    Touch wood for this year :)
  5. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    Ie wooden hockey stick to mouth! Lol. That sounds unluicky! Have had a stick to the mouth before and am left with the scar to prove it!
  6. Di

    Di Active Member

    17 years ago today ;) (oops, yesterday, we've gone past midnight) little miss sunshine put in her appearance (late of course!). It was touch or go whether I'd make the area, but I did, with her just 10 days old.

    2 years later we were on the way to a contest (not the area this time though) and we managed to slide off the road in heavy fog and ice into a ditch! There was the two of us, with me heavily pregnant, standing by the road 7am in the morning, trying to flag down the next passing vehicle to get us to a phone (this was before mobiles :rolleyes: ) to call out the tow truck to get us out. Managed to get out without a single scratch on the car, and make it to the pre-contest rehearsal, although we were half an hour late. :rolleyes:
  7. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Member

    Not accident prone but forgetful. I once played with a band who forgot to put one of the basses on the band coach (areas too). The local Sally-Anne we're dears and let them borrow a sexy 4 valve imperial.
  8. englishgill

    englishgill Member

    took a nice hockey ball to the thumb on my right hand on the Saturday, black and very painful hand with stiff fingers on Sunday for the contest - glad we had so many nice chromatic runs to play that year - also glad they make super strength ibuprofen tablets these days!!!

    Luckily am playing in the Areas on Saturday this year so will have a week to recover from any hockey damage this time. I do however know I will get skinned alive if I do damage myself, but as captain of my hockey team this year I can hardly not play!! Have bought myself lovely padded gloves to play in so at least my right hand will be ok (and I'll keep my head out of it!) perhaps I won't stand on the post at penalty corners next week!
  9. daveredhead

    daveredhead Member

    that was the week that was

    I hope you bringing padded gloves to summer school, could help deaden the noise emmitting from the horns,also may stop you hogging the bar, good luck in the areas to all tMPrs taking part
  10. postie

    postie Member

    We had a trombone player who went to hospital for a consultation regarding a dodgy spot on his nose and he came out with plasters / sticky tape right across his nose and face - he did not know they were going to carry out a procedure to remove the spot for analysis!!! This was a couple of years ago. Fortunately we had 3 trombones available to play out of the four.

    I know another player in our band who broke her leg a week before the areas whilst skiing a few years ago.
  11. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    You'll be pleased to know Roger that I'm full of cold and have quite a nasty cough! Lets see how many more diseases I can get from the children in school this week!
  12. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

    To be fair, Rog, that wasn't Lukes fault! He wasn't on the road he thought he was and that corner should have gone right, not left.

    Abergavenny went on stage one light 3 years ago. Jessop Jnr arrived on the day. As the band went on stage, I was in the maternity ward with Mrs Smythe. Would have been ok except we were playing Coventry Variations which starts with a trio - Bass Trom, Flugel and Solo Horn:eek:

    And I once managed to break my nose in between the afternoon peformance and the evening performance at a Shropshire Youth event in Bridgnorth. It's a wierd feeling, going for a to C and feeling you nose move towards the mouthpiece!
  13. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    a few years ago i had a cold and my right ear got blocked up and so i had to have it sorted out as it was full of wax 2 days before the contest the doc said i was not to play my baritone for a week but i said im the judge of that and my band comes first as its contest time.
  14. Last area ur rep player got stuck in Switzerland because of the snow which made our performance quite interesting! Couple years ago before Pontins my brother opened a door into his mouth which burst his lip so he couldn't play......really funny though!
  15. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Only one year at a time, though, Ian?

    I can see the epitaph.

    I Might

    Have Died


    We Won!
  16. Owen S

    Owen S Member


    Nice one Will.
  17. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Well, I read through this thread last week thinking I'm lucky that I haven't been sick or had an accident before the area in twenty-odd years of playing....

    Then yesterday - whammo! (or should that be bleeuugh?) I get a horrible stomach bug :( . I managed to limp through last night's rehearsal (even though I'm now off work with it) but it was dammed hard work. I'm now sat after eating a single slice of toast, with my stomach doing more acrobatics than the Chinese State Circus. Gawd knows what it'll be like tomorrow, when there's a bit of "contest bile" present. :redface:
  18. timbloke

    timbloke Member

    Ian, try my remedy of a pre-contest hot curry, some whisky (preferably a firey scotch) and an early night. The curry kills off anything bad, the whisky assists with killing anything off, plus enough of it will knock you out, and the early night gives your body the small possibility of a bit of recovery!

    Best of luck for tomorrow.
  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Lol. Thanks for the advice "Dr" Tim ;)

    While I'd normally be more than up for a curry, the thought of eating anything with any sort of taste puts my gut into convulsions. I'm currently specialising in "plain". Bread and baked spuds are about the limit of what I can keep down. So I reckon the curry wouldn't be down there long enough to do any good!

    Scotch is a nice idea, but I have an 8:30am rehearsal tomorrow, so the thought of that, the Wayfarer, plus dodgy guts and a hangover really doesn't appeal.

    I guess I'll take your advice of an early night, get up tomorrow and see how it goes. The one good thing is that while I feel like a bag of poo tied up at the middle, it doesn't seem to affect the way I'm playing (or it didn't last night anyway), in fact it seems to help - I guess concentrating on playing takes my mind off the various things happening down south. :redface:
  20. daveredhead

    daveredhead Member

    that was the week that was

    sorry to hear of troubles but hope you better soon and well enough to play tomorrow, cos you have quite a bit to do, good luck at Burton but not enough to beat us , may be we will manage to say hello, at the burger bar or one of tha adjacent pubs, get well by tomorrow

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