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5 Mar
Trombonist Kills Musician (I hate when that happens!)

Date: Tue, 5 Mar 96 22:46:12 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Trombonist Kills Musician (I hate when that happens!)

Forwarded-by: LISSY@AppleLink.Apple.COM (Abraham, Lisanne)

 By Randy Jeffries/Weekly World News (January 23, 1996)

Bocholt, Germany -- A band musician died of a brain injury when the
trombonist behind him jerked the slide of his trombone forward and struck
the trumpeter in the back of the head!

Police say the tragedy occurred as the Gratzfeld College band was rehearsing
the spirited American jazz classic, _When the Saints Go Marching In_.

According to other band members, trombonist Peter Niemeyer, 19, "got carried
away" with the music.  He started gyrating and thrashing around as he played.
At one point, he jerked forward and the rounded metal slide on his instrument
hit trumpet player Dolph Mohr, 20, dropping him instantly to the floor.

"Niemeyer was pumping the slide very hard," said medical examiner Dr. Max
Krause.  "But it wasn't just the force of the blow that killed Mohr.  The
slide struck him in the worst possible place -- the vulnerable spot just
behind and below the left ear.  Bone fragments pierced his brain, killing
him instantly."

The incident has provoked a storm of controversy over whether or not
American jazz should be played in German colleges.

"I believe the music is to blame," said Gratzfeld band director Heinrich
Sommer.  "I was pressured to play that selection by school administrators.
But I've always said jazz is dangerous music.  Our musicians can't control
themselves when they play it.  They move and rock back and forth, creating
chaos.  If I had my way, American Dixieland would be outlawed in Germany.
I've been directing bands for 30 years and I've never heard of anyone dying
while playing a German march."

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