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    As a wind player, I had always been taught not to eat before I played so that my horn would not be gunked up.

    Now I sing in our orchestra chorus. Tonight to my amusement, I watched the tuba player unwrap two packs of cheese crackers with peanut butter (the bright orange ones), place them carefully in two stacks on his stand (six crackers each) and eat them during the concert. He did follow each one with a swallow from his water bottle.
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    The Tuba player can't take a couple hours off from eating? How much does he weigh already? It is bad enough a wind instrument collect saliva, but masticated food?!!!!!
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    Amateur, semi-pro or fully pro, that is just not done... period.

    That Tuba player already has an abnormal -- and I mean abnormal as in freaky deaky -- psychological condition about food.
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    Sounds like something out of 'Evenings in the Orchestra'. Except they probably didn't have prepackaged crackers and peanut butter in Berlioz's day.

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    Perhaps someone is being provided with too many rests per measure?
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    It takes alot of food to gunk up something as big as a tuba, he can get away with it

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    I don't have any experience with tuba but it doesn't seem like the kind of instrument that you can soak in the bathtub like you can a horn, trumpet, or trombone. And proportionately, I'm sure it's much more expensive to professionally clean.

    I'm not sure what it was all about, but the second trombone took a picture of the scene on his cellphone, and then the tubist asked him to take a picture of it on his cellphone. Yes, PetrB, this is a professional orchestra.

    It may well have been a case of not enough notes, but I didn't watch for this. It was after intermission. I won't name the piece because I am 100% positive we were the only orchestra in the world performing the piece last night and there's only one tubist in the orchestra.
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    The poor fellow may be diabetic and did not have time for a decent meal before the concert. Diabetics, if their blood sugars get too low can pass out. Peanut Butter = energy. They feed racing greyhound dogs peanut butter before a race in some areas.

    But if that is not the case here, no food should be allowed on the performing stage ... water bottles are okay, but snacks are not, unless there is a medical reason.

    I will not eat anything at the organ console ... makes for sticky keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post

    I will not eat anything at the organ console ... makes for sticky keys.
    I really should remember that when using this laptop - I'm sure there's a piece of a tortilla chip wedged under one of the characters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I really should remember that when using this laptop - I'm sure there's a piece of a tortilla chip wedged under one of the characters.
    Do you mean chharaccterrrs?
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    If you want to see all kinds of funny musician activities during a concert, go see a production of the Nutcracker when it's well into December, and sit where you can see into the orchestra pit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hreichgott View Post
    If you want to see all kinds of funny musician activities during a concert, go see a production of the Nutcracker when it's well into December, and sit where you can see into the orchestra pit.
    Been there done that! Mainly trying to surreptitiously check your smart phone without management noticing
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    I didn't realize there was such a thing as too many rests for a tuba player. After all, the B flat tuba is the heaviest instrument to have to hold. The only exception I can think of is if there's a tuba concerto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    I will not eat anything at the organ console ... makes for sticky keys.
    I can always tell when my grandchildren have been playing my piano, - sticky keys.

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    There are many ways to handle a disturbance during a concert. I think this player did it right.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uub0z8wJfhU

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