A trombonist of a church orchestra who didn’t have the time to take his mouth off the instrument during a sneezing bout shocked the audience after his sneezing directly into the trombone produced what is now being called one of the strangest sounds ever heard in classical music.
According to the orchestra London City Band’s conductor Julian Bright, ‘If the band had been playing something loud and boisterous, it would have gone unnoticed.’
Unfortunately, the sneeze came during the quiet period of the performance … and he couldn’t hold it back.
Bright told the BBC that when he heard the elephant-like sound, ‘I actually thought something in the PA system had blown up.’
He also said the trombone was the worst instrument any brass instrumentalist will ever think of sneezing into, considering its ability to produce aggressive sound.
‘When you then add a sneeze to the natural tendencies of the instrument, it’s a lethal combination,’ he said.