A local orchestra had taken on the performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. At a late point during the piece, the utilization of the bass section of the orchestra is essentially non-existent for a 20-minute period. Realizing this, the 1st chair of the bass section suggested that rather than sit there during the performance for 20 minutes doing nothing, they should take a break, and even leave the stage. So as the performance progressed to that point, the bass section put their instruments in their stands, and left the stage. As they walked off together, one suggested that they take the 20 minutes, and go across the street for a beer or two, to which they all agreed was a fantastic idea. After about 15 minutes and MORE THAN two beers, the 2nd chair indicated that it was probably time to get back to the concert hall. As he began to gather himself to leave the 1st chair stops him and says, "hold on there, let's get another one." the 2nd chair replied, "but it's been 15 minutes, and our part is coming up!" The 1st chair gestures for him to return to his seat with the other bassists, and says, "hey, don't worry about it, before the performance started, I took some string and tied that particular section of the music sheets together; we have plenty of time. As I see it, it's the bottom of the 9th, the score is tied, and the basses are loaded!"