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Missed Practice Excuses - Some reasons for not being at a practice...

Windy....

While sat in my room in Orlando I sent my apologies (via E Mail) for not being able to make practice Thursday due to a Hurricane! Our flight home has been cancelled for 2 days due to Hurricane Floyd. Luckily it stayed about 100 miles off the coast so the winds here were not too bad (50mph) Original forecasts had it at 80 mph plus inland.

I got a reply saying that it was a pretty good excuse! We also have one player who regularly phones just after practice starts, to say he has overslept!

Dog-eared......

I know an ex-player in our band who used the excuse "My dog ate my music" funnily enough it was true .... the dog HAD gone berserk and eaten his music!

Planning ahead....

The best one I ever heard was made by our conductor: Someone asked if we could do a concert on a date two months later. "I'm sorry, I don't think we can make that. I believe the band is booked to play on a funeral that day..." I suppose they were keeping the body in the freezer...

Overkill...

We had a Bb bass player years ago who had 6 grandmothers, all of whom unfortunately died in the 2 years in which he was in the band.

More Wind.....

It happened to me whilst over at our head office in Monroe, North Carolina. Hurricane Floyd was due to hit on Thursday morning and I was due to fly back to Manchester via New York the Thursday afternoon to make a practice on Friday evening prior to a concert on Saturday.

My flight on Thursday to NY was cancelled due to Floyd and I had to ring our secretary up from NC to apologise that I was going to miss rehearsal.

It's not an excuse I think I'll be able to repeat. That wind missed going over the top of us by about 150 miles - too close for comfort :-)