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do you need a permit to bag flying sheet music?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Matthew T., Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Matthew T.

    Matthew T.

    Feb 17, 2002
    Springdale, AR
    Okay, true story. I'm playing with this musical variety show one summer, complete with schmaltzy Vegas-style medleys, dancers, etc. The band is seated in the far left corner of the stage. One night, towards the beginning of the first set, one of the dancers gets several feet off her mark, does a spinning kick, and catches the music stand of the band leader (who is also the tenor sax player) with her foot. The stand falls over and his sheet music shoots straight up in the air, only to drift down to the stage in slow-mo. Some of the dancers try to help him pick up the scattered sheets while still doing their moves across the stage. He gathers his music while dodging the dancers and rushes off stage to get his stack of tunes back in some semblance of order. We start the next song without him. Just before that tune ends, the band leader literally jumps back in his chair, music in hand, just in time to cut off the song. Most fun I've ever had playing showtunes.