Two violinists who said that their instruments were not allowed on a
Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall of the ensemble Time for Three claimed that they were en route to Fayetteville, Ark., to play at a festival when they were stopped during a connection in Charlotte, N.C.
In the video, which contains adult language, the musicians are shown standing on the tarmac next to the plane. They say that they were not allowed to take their instruments aboard the aircraft, which the video shows to be a US Airways Express jet.
"US Air is not letting us put our violins on an airplane," says Kendall. "How many artists have to deal with this ... ?"
De Pue then begins playing J.S. Bach's Partita No. 3 on the tarmac while Kendall, apparently holding the camera, shows the pair being ignored by various US Airways personnel.
"Bach would be very upset," says De Pue, who is also concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Brandi Numedahl, a manager for Time for Three, said that the musicians were booked on another US Airways flight and made it in time for their first scheduled appearance at the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival. The violinists were allowed to take their instruments aboard the subsequent flight, she said.
Numedahl said the ensemble received a message from the airline apologizing for the inconvenience, but she said they have not received any personal communication or offer of reimbursement from the airline.
"This isn't a campaign against US Airways," said Numedahl in an interview. "But hopefully the video can build awareness about the issues musicians face when they are flying."
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