Most Unusual Request

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  1. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

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    We (The West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Band) were invited to provide musical entertainment for a formal officer's dinner at Regimental Headquarters in Pontefract. Full dress uniform all round so more shiny buttons than you could shake a stick at.

    We were ushered into an anteroom and left to play a suitable accompaniment to the proceedings (ie all the British army marches in the book). Most of the time the doors to the banqueting hall were left open, but from time to time, presumeably when sensitive matters pertaining to national security were being discussed, the doors would be shut for a while.

    Towards the end, somebody stuck their head through the door and invited our bandleader (an elderly lady whose name escapes me for the moment) to join high table for a glass of port.

    On her return and scarcely containing herself, she related to us how she'd been warmly congratulated by the top brass on finding such a wealth of talent amongst the poor industrial communities of the area.

    I vaguely remember getting a couple of beers out of it.
     
  2. gmonady

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    More like under the house.
     
  3. ozboy

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    Another one comes to mind.I was in an ensemble that played National Anthems for overseas dignitaries in the late 80's. We did all the usuals. A government official came from a small African Nation. They all stood for the NA.He had a confused look. We apparently played the wrong anthem. Turns out the one we played was from a neighbouring country that they were not overly friendly with. Ooops!
     
  4. gmonady

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    At that point, breaking into "A Night in Tunisia" would have made everything right.
     
  5. BigDub

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    OK, not on topic, but this reminded me of another good story. During the pre game of a US college football game, the band was on the field playing either their alma mater or school song (not sure which but definitely not the National Anthem) a woman toward the front of the section in which my friend was sitting stands and faces the entire group of fans and says: "What's the matter with all of you people? Stand up for the national anthem!"

    Sorry for going off topic. I will take my lumps if necessary.
     
  6. kehaulani

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    I had a rather unusual request for a selection to play at a wedding, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables, which was fine with me. I like the tune. But beforehand, I decided to read the lyrics to get a little insight as to how to best play it. Oy! I told the groom that he and his bride-to-be should read them. They did, but said they wanted me to play it anyway. "I had a dream . . . so different now from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed." Aye yai yai! See below:

    "I Dreamed A Dream"

    There was a time when men were kind
    When their voices were soft
    And their words inviting
    There was a time when love was blind
    And the world was a song
    And the song was exciting
    There was a time
    Then it all went wrong

    I dreamed a dream in times gone by
    When hope was high
    And life worth living
    I dreamed that love would never die
    I dreamed that God would be forgiving
    Then I was young and unafraid
    And dreams were made and used and wasted
    There was no ransom to be paid

    No song unsung
    No wine untasted
    But the tigers come at night
    With their voices soft as thunder
    As they tear your hope apart
    And they turn your dream to shame

    He slept a summer by my side
    He filled my days with endless wonder
    He took my childhood in his stride
    But he was gone when autumn came
    And still I dream he'll come to me
    That we'll live the years together

    But there are dreams that cannot be
    And there are storms we cannot weather
    I had a dream my life would be
    So different from this hell I'm living
    So different now from what it seemed
    Now life has killed
    The dream I dreamed
     
  7. Conntribution

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    Self-fulfilling prophecy????
     
  8. rankamateur

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    It makes my blood Boyle!
     
  9. kehaulani

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    Actually, they are no longer married.
     
  10. Conntribution

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    I figured as much.
     

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