Black bear is put to flight by trombone

Black bear is put to flight by trombone


norman lebrecht

June 11, 2022

At St. John’s Academy in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, a black bear has been scaring students with raids on the waste bins.

Until a music teacher came out and scared it off with a trombone.


  • Adam Stern says:

    Must’ve been in the key of Ursa Major…

  • msc says:

    I understand they are bringing in a bagpiper as backup.

  • william osborne says:

    Warning: do not try that with a grizzly or polar bear–even if they generally prefer to eat cellists.

  • PHF says:

    Wow, that’s relevant. Thanks.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Arthur Rubinstein was terrified by trombones when he first heard them as a child, during a performance of Aida.

    Not that I’m implying any other comparison between Rubinstein and a bear!

  • Fred Funk says:

    You were expecting a viola player to get better results?! Fat chance of that ever happening.

  • Ralph Sauer says:

    Trombone playing like that will scare man or beast.

    • Sisko24 says:

      And then there’s the story from Bethlehem, PA that in 1755 during the French and Indian War, a trombone choir (“posaunenchor”) playing on Christmas Day may have staved off an attack by those local indigenous people allied with the French against the English.

  • Nicholas says:

    An interesting musical tactic when dealing with Medvedev. At least the bear wasn’t poked!

  • David M Eaton says:

    Felix Mendelsohn said that the trombone is too sacred for frequent use, but I guess there are exceptions.