CANADIAN BRASS IN LUCERNE!
It is October 1, 2005. Nervous, you are pacing up and down your room at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. You and your four wind-player colleagues are supposed to be on stage at the KKL culture and convention centre in a little under two hours. The concert – part of 7th World Band Festival Lucerne – sold out weeks ago. Canadian Brass – the world's best-known and most successful brass quintet, here in Lucerne!
You founded it in 1970 with trombone player Gene Watts. More than 60 records and CDs, numerous prizes and awards and over 5000 appearances and concerts – yet today threatens to be a fiasco! Stressed, you look out of the window down at the busy street scene. Where on earth are they? Time is running out...
What has happened? Your flight from Toronto to Zurich went without a hitch. At least, that's the way it seemed. Then came the shock in the baggage hall:
instead of being here, your Yamaha C tuba was still flying around somewhere in European air space.
After the initial panic, the organiser of the World Band Festival managed to calm you down: