Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!
The town of Harmony Hill was famed for its musical heritage. Name an instrument and they had a maestro. From Pauline the pianist to Donald the trumpeter, they had them all.
Bob played the banjo. Bill played the banjo too. They took turns playing in local pubs, at annual events and for private functions. They each had their own set of followers which claimed their banjoist was the finest!
The town’s annual music festival was a huge event. Every musician was given the chance to entertain the crowd. But two banjos? That was too much so the Mayor suggested a playoff to decide whether Bob or Bill should feature next year.
It was held in a barn on Fred’s farm, Bob’s fans to the left, Bill’s on the right. Bob played his signature piece, Bob his. It was impossible to determine who was the most proficient.
The Mayor had an idea. He stood between them, dropped a glove on the floor and declared there would be a duel.
Bob and Bill stood back to back.
The Mayor stamped his foot and they started pacing away from eachother.
One, two, three, four …
The audience was held its breath.
Five, six, seven, eight…
The atmosphere was electric.
Nine, ten …
They both turned. They both strummed the same chord. There was not a split second between them.
The Mayor declared it a draw and announced that they would have to play a duet at the festival. He asked them to choose a piece to play.
Bob looked at Bill. Bill smiled at Bob. Bob nodded, and to thunderous applause, they started to play the obvious choice – Duelling Banjos!
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