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June 23, 2015IM -
The AFM is always against the mistreatment of musicians and while that usually means making sure they are getting properly compensated for their performances (among many other things). It shouldn’t need stating that the AFM is also strongly against axes being thrown at performing musicians…
This video is from a “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth throwing an ax at a target and missing completely. He didn’t hit the bull’s-eye but he managed to directly hit West Point marching band drummer Jim Prosperie standing on the other side of the target. Luckily, it was the broadside of the double-sided axe that hit him and there were no serious injuries.
Jim Prosperie later said, “Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided…I’m feeling blessed on Father’s day with my 5 children, alive and with all limbs.”