I was sharing stories of horrific double bass destructions with the students in the low string methods class I was teaching at DePaul this past spring, and I realized that I actually had two tales (not about me, luckily!) that I hadn’t yet shared on the blog:
Look Behind You!
One of my students was getting all packed up and ready to do to youth orchestra rehearsal. He took his bass outside and set it down, heading back inside for some reason or another. Unfortunately, he had set it down behind the van that his mom would be driving, and while he was away from the bass, his mom popped the car into reverse and backed out of the garage, squishing his bass in the process. That must have been a horrific feeling for both parent and bass player!
Squished by the Set
Another former student of mine was playing bass for his high school’s variety show. He had his bass stored backstage (just like I’ve done for countless shows). A big piece of the set toppled over at some point during the show, landing right on top of his bass and flattening it.
Both of these students actually ended up with much better basses than the (now squished) ones they had been using. I suppose that’s one way (certainly a dramatic way) to get the ball rolling on a new instrument!
Has this (or something like it) ever happened to you?