This Is What Happens If You Sneeze Into a Trombone

When you gotta sneeze, well, you gotta sneeze. But what happens if you're in the middle of playing the trombone for an orchestra performance?

This is what happens when you sneeze into a trombone:

In this YouTube clip that has gone viral, conductor Julian Bright recounted his experience leading the Salvation Army's amateur London Central Band when a trombonist sneezed into his trombone.

Bright said to the BBC, "I actually thought something in the PA system had blown up." Musicians usually try to sneak in the sneeze into the loud segment of the music, but obviously that's not always possible. "If the band had been playing something loud and boisterous, it would have gone unnoticed ... [The trombonist] says that he knew that a sneeze was coming but he was so conscious [about] not playing his part that it all just happened too quickly and he couldn't get his trombone out of the way."

Bright added that a sneeze wouldn't have mattered much for a percussionist, but it's particularly bad for a trombonist. "When you then add a sneeze to the natural tendencies of the instrument, it's a lethal combination."


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