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Have You Seen This? The case of the vanishing trumpet

A member of the marching band is without an instrument, for whatever reason, at the Orange Bowl, Dec. 30 in Florida.

A member of the marching band is without an instrument, for whatever reason, at the Orange Bowl, Dec. 30 in Florida. (Jim Weber via Twitter)


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MIAMI — Most of us have experienced the joy of having an airline lose our luggage. Sure, they usually give you a voucher so you can go buy some pants and shirts at the nearest Target. But these replacements are never as good as the real thing. And it's a total hassle to have to scramble around buying things.

I once flew to Germany with a checked bag containing a wetsuit, a waterproof flashlight and an underwater metal detector. As you might imagine, this was a major dive trip and I had big plans.

But my luggage never left Denver. I tried to rent a wetsuit in Germany, but none of the local shops had anything tall enough to fit. So I was forced to hunker down and wait for the airline to locate my bag and get it delivered to me.

Given this frustrating experience of feeling so helpless in Germany, I was fascinated to watch this video:

Not only is this member of the Clemson marching band missing his hat, but his trumpet was also a no-show! Somewhere between South Carolina and Florida, this poor guy's possessions seemed to have gotten lost.

"Amazing moment from the Orange Bowl halftime show last night," reads the video's caption. "Clemson bandie loses his trumpet, busts out the Milli Vanilli fake-out with (almost) no one the wiser."

Seriously, this fellow deserves an award for his incredible performance. He was so focused as he made his way across the field that I swear I could almost hear the notes he was playing on his nonexistent trumpet.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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