This is where we are at in human history: people cannot tell the difference between the musical instrument called the bassoon, and a gun. Someone in Springfield, Ohio actually called 911 to report a “long rifle,” which turned out to be a bassoon.
On the afternoon of April 5, after giving three music lessons at Kenton Ridge High School, 22-year-old Eric Barga drove to Covenant Presbyterian Church for bell choir practice but arrived a half an hour early, at about 6 p.m. Instead of going inside, Barga decided to enjoy the mid-50’s weather and play his beloved bassoon outside. Barga pulled his custom-made Fox 610 red maple bassoon out of its case, sat on the trunk of his car in the refreshing air and began playing scales, reported the Springfield News-Sun. “There was a nice orange sky in the background,” he recalled. “It was one of the first nice days.”