Trombone Myths - 1812 mute shooting

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by craigster, May 17, 2004.

  1. craigster

    craigster Member

    I am sure many of you have heard the infamous story/urban legend of the South American trombone player who tried to lighten things up in the 1812 overture by shooting his mute out of his bell via a firecracker and the havoc that subsequently ensued.

    Discovery Channel in North america has a show called Mythbusters where they take stories/myths/legends and try and see if it could really happen.

    Last night they tried the firecrcker in the trombone. One firecracker really shot the mute out quite effectively with little damage to the trombone and a nice direct shot at the dummy they used. When they added six firecrackers, it not only shot the mute straight through the dummy, but it obliterated the bell on the trombone as well.

    Not sure if Discovery Channel will carry it overseas, but it is episode eleven on their listings.

    Well worth trying to see! I wonder if they will show us how to install gun sights on our trombones so we can make sure that the mute flies out and hits the right person?

  2. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    See now adding six firecrackers was where they went wrong.
  3. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    Lol! Heard about that a while ago... think it was in one of the Darwin books... if not it deserves to be! :lol: VEEEEEEERY STUPID!
  4. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    Let this be a warning to all conducters who tell us to play quieter!!!! Probably more accurate than an SA80 anyway!!
  5. stripybananas

    stripybananas Member

    lol! we so should have used 1812 for our finale at Blackpool! we were gonna use fireworks or something similar, but we weren't too keen on risking any damage to our instruments, and our program was too long so it was cut anyway! But now we know so long as you don't get carried away its all good....well....roll on next year!!!!!
  6. tim

    tim Member

    The tombonist only got an honoury darwin award... He didn't die but it was a cracking effort!
  7. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    I say fair play to him - he managed to get the conductor and the first clarinet player (who must be a whinger by definition) in one devastating attack.
  8. FastFinguredFreddy

    FastFinguredFreddy New Member

    shame he couldnt take out the Oboe section as well! :lol:
  9. kate_the_horn

    kate_the_horn New Member

    maybe i should've tried that when i infamously got that cornet straight mute, stuck in my horn bell!!

    kate x