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January 14, 2015IM -
Some members shared their awful experiences while on the job. You can read them below, and make sure you tell us about any bad experiences you’ve had at a gig as well.
From Carey Domb (Local 149, Toronto, ON)
My awful gig was about twenty years ago and it still bothers me! I was playing a week as an extra cellist with the Toronto Symphony. I was at the back of the section, just in front of the basses. We were rehearsing Cavaleria Rusticana when it happened. The principal bassist fell like a tree onto me, bass and all of about 250 pounds of him. I passed out from the fall, and came to with a whale of a man on top of me, his bass to one side and my beautiful 1870 cello to the other, the neck completely severed.
From Bob Patterson (Local 60-471, Pittsburgh, PA)