When the top brass goes to Europe…

May 28, 2011

Hey Blog Guy, we could use some of your famous travel advice. My brass ensemble is going to Paris, and we….

Are you out of your mind? Don’t you know the French can’t stand brass instruments? You could be arrested before you play a single note.

We’re well aware of the dangers, but we want to change their attitude. We plan to go to the Eiffel Tower and play the William Tell…

No! That sort of Overture is out of the question! If you tried a stunt like that, they’d be playing “Taps” for you. On the cello, of course.

So you don’t think anybody could get by with playing a brass instrument in France? What about yourself? You’re so diplomatic, Blog Guy, could you do it?

Well, I hate to blow my own horn, but…

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An anti-G8 protester plays a trumpet while being dragged away by French riot police from a protest in Paris, May 26, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

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Ah, the great French horn player Tolose de Trumpet.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

He should have known to cover his brass.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

The police are wearing plastic armour on their shins and shoulders but soft caps? Maybe they’ve followed the U.S. Army’s lead and are wearing kevlar caps. The Army is now changing from the black beret to a blue kevlar stetson. They want to go back to their cavalry roots. It’s true! The DOA issued a press release on, uh, April 1st…. Oh crap.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

At first glance I thought it was a midget trumpet player. Not that I have anything against midget trumpet players, mind you. :-)

A trumpet was a poor instrument choice, indeed! I would have played the vuvuzela or bagpipes. Of course, I’ll need a doughnut break every hour.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/07/13/what-the-hell-is-that-sound/#co mments.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Looks like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10 is going to continue to be unfinished.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Accordian and bagpipe players of France beware! The music police are on their way to you now.
Quelle horreur! Flee. Flee while you can.
If you promise to leave your implements of torture behind, Canada may just give you asylum – after all they let Randy Quaid in earlier this year.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

For sale, French trumpets, never played, only dropped once…

Now go away, or I shall taunt you for a second time.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I thought he was a French midget and that’s why French were dragging him away, didn’t want to tell folks even French had midgets. 😛

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

What! Not allowed to toot?? Really!!
And I thought that’s what the French do!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

When the policeman said, “Partir, tout de suite,” the midget trumpet player thought he said, “Toot sweet.”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive