What are some horror stories everyone has from the pit? I have two. The first was we were doing Music Man at my school and we were soo cramped that i nearly had one half of me about to knock over someone's Loree English horn, and shoving the foot of my flute into the person's ear on the other side of me. And when my school did Bye, Bye, Birdie, I had people almost use my music stand as a means to get into the pit while i had four instruments around it( I had picc, flute, clarinet and tenor saxophone, and I coulnd't put the horns anywhere else). The pit was uncovered. Needless to say, I try to only do shows where people don't have to get near my stands especially with the instruments on them) and at the same time, everybody has ample room to get around. But when I played the reed book for Once On This Island, (for two of the shows; the other six or seven I played the flutes) I was the only reed player trying to juggle five instruments( picc, flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, and clarinet) and stands and still had to make sure not to have personal collision of instruments.