Dear #classicalmusic fan,
There is a story about a young percussionist who was playing bass drum for a well-known tantrum-prone Conductor, who wanted more bass drum volume.
Nervously the young player thought he was playing louder but it still wasn’t enough, and he got the wrath of the Conductor. A more experienced colleague gave him wooden sticks and told him to just play as loud as his could…
“but don’t break the drum head!”
Everything was much better: Throughout the rest of the rehearsals and all four performances, the Conductor was happy (well, as happy as he ever was, I suppose), the player was happy, and the bass drum sounded great.
Until the last note of the bass drum in the last concert.
When it broke.
That poor young player was devastated and there was nowhere to hide.
He thought his career was over almost before it had begun. At least the bass drum didn’t need to be played again, otherwise his career might have been over! Instead, he spent the next 40+ years playing and teaching percussion, loving every minute of it.
Even though I’m a percussionist, that’s not my story.
It’s a story belonging to Bob McCormick, my guest on my latest podcast episode.
It’s worth it, even if just to listen to some great music as well as some interesting discussion about music in education… already I have received completely opposing responses! Which is good… it means From The Podium has given fans of classical music something to talk about.
Download and listen when you can in the next few days: