Trombone Myths - 1812 mute shooting

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.
http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/episode/episode.html

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?

Craig
 

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!
 

Sharpy

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

tim

Member
Seedhouse said:
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!
The tombonist only got an honoury darwin award... He didn't die but it was a cracking effort!
 

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.
 
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