Trombonist Interprets 'Flight of the Bumblebee' with A Watering Can

There's a new way to play another classic; using a watering can.
Deniz Yildiran

This man, who is actually a trombonist, took the famous orchestral interlude "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov to the next level. 

It's amazing what one can do with a green plastic watering can: playing a classic.

Martyn Stroud managed to play the interlude without losing his breath while successfully blowing into a watering can. Of course, he didn't forget to put a mouthpiece to cover the edge of the can. 

Interpretation at its finest

Stroud does not really consider what he did was artsy. "This is not an art form. It’s not even going to be accurate," he said. Still, it was an impressive, uninterrupted one and a half minutes. Even if it was not a real instrument. 

"But it is good fun." added Stroud, also being a brass tutor.


The original interlude is intended to evoke "the chaotic and rapidly changing" flying pattern of a bumblebee. With that in hand, Stroud actually contributed to the ambiance of the composition in his green garden, with colorful flowers and a "bee" decoration. Let's not forget about his matching t-shirt with a yellow background and two thick black stripes on it. 

The composition had been transcribed for piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff, as it was for the watering can by Martyn Stroud.

A pretty wide audience 

Stroud gained an audience of people he knew as well as he didn't, with a bunch of thoughts and good wishes in the comments section on his Facebook page. 

He admitted that he was not circular breathing but he was "just full of wind."

And then, that inevitable COVID-19 correlation came to surface. "Lockdown has a lot to answer for." one of the followers said. 

His wife was also curious about what she had "married into."

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