Video: Can you play brass while riding a bicycle?

Video: Can you play brass while riding a bicycle?


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2017

The Dutch can.



  • Jim says:

    Ho hum. They did this here in New Zealand well over a hundred years ago. And the ground was rather more unpredictable then.

    • John Borstlap says:

      That is an unfair comparison. Contemporary traffic in Dutch cities, especially in Amsterdam where there is no space for bikes on the road network, has become a health hazard even without brass, and as the video shows: the locals manage to get through even in the worst directional circumstances. Adding a bit of brass playing is merely a fun bonus.

      The advantage of having a tuba with you when on the road on a bike, is that you can warn away other traffic very effectively.

  • Mr Oakmountain says:

    Kids, don’t try this! I’ve seen the injuries a stunt like this can cause to the lips and teeth.

    • Max Grimm says:

      Considering many kids these days don’t care about learning an instrument (smartphones don’t count) in the first place and would prefer not to ride a bicycle, I wouldn’t worry about it.

      • Mr Oakmountain says:

        Annoying smartphones aside, at the school where I teach, we opened additional classes for students aged 10 to 18 who want additional music lessons, and demand is rising. All of them, apart from their normal schedule, learn an instrument and/or do vocal training. And many of them come to school by bike. No messages of gloom and doom from this side.

        • Max Grimm says:

          Annoying smartphones aside, my remark was a facetious one.

        • Max Grimm says:

          No need for an apology. As (just barely) part of the U30 demographic cohort and having been on the receiving end of the “Kids these days”+[Sweeping Generalisation] lecture in the not all too distant past, I couldn’t resist 🙂

  • Joel Lazar says:

    And improbably, it’s a transcription of the Mozart “Little” G minor Symphony, K. 183…