David waited quite a while for his friend, John, to show up, because they were supposed to have a band trombone sectional.
David was the section leader, and he needed John. The two of them were the only seniors in their section, and John’s talent was necessary to help the younger band members. David called John’s cell phone, but there was no answer. After some time, David was finally forced to run the practice without him.
It was a short practice, after which he looked up John’s home number and called it. He was not there, and his family said he had been at the school the whole time, so David went looking for him. His search finally led him to the gym where a company was installing a new scoreboard system. There he found John sitting in the bleachers, very alert, holding his trombone in hand. No one else besides John and the scoreboard company technicians were in the gym, so David’s curiosity forced him to stop and watch his friend.
When the company would test something on the new scoreboard, and sound the buzzer, John would immediately blow into his trombone. After watching this for a short time, David walked over to the bleachers where John was seated.
“John,” David said, “did you know you missed sectional?”
“I did?” John replied. He paused as the realization settled on him. “Oh, we did have that today, didn’t we? I’m sorry. But I heard them blowing this buzzer. It sounded almost like our trombone section, and I’ve been trying to duplicate it.”
At that instant the buzzer sounded again, and John tried to imitate it, but there was something slightly different. David realized it didn’t sound like one trombone, but it did sound like their section. He ran to retrieve his instrument, then hurried back.