Garms Family Road Stories: And the soundman screamed…

Have you ever seen the road cases that groups store their sound equipment in? You know, the huge containers with wheels that the young guys of the group are always rolling out after a concert? Well, have you ever seen one rollingby itself – straight toward your car?

Several years ago we went to see a popular Southern Gospel group in concert, and as usual, we stayed late conversing with members of the group and friends that attended the concert. The soundman and other road hands were tearing down the sound equipment as we visited, passing us by in the lobby with road case after road case. Most of these weren’t any small cases – they were humongous!

When we finally tore ourselves away, we trooped out onto the church’s sidewalk, trying to locate our 15-passenger van (which wasn’t very hard to do, since it was the only 15-passenger van in the parking lot). The soundman had just rolled out another large road case, parking it on the sidewalk, and was starting to leave.

Now, let me set the scene here. The sun had just set and the street lights were beginning to turn on, adding a strange orange glow to the evening. All eight of us were nearing the edge of the sidewalk, and near our exit point was a running car filled with older ladies. They were parked against the sidewalk, directly across from the mountain of road cases. The soundman – as I mentioned before – had just turned from the case and was heading back to the church. In seconds, the scene abruptly changed.

The case the soundman had just delivered suddenly started rolling, gradually picked up speed. (The fact that the sidewalk was sloped in that particular spot might have played into it.) It began to roll straight toward the parked car with no signs of stopping. (Did I mention this case also had about three other smaller cases stacked on top of it?)

We screamed. The ladies in the car screamed. The soundman screamed.

So, here we all were, a group of screaming people on the sidewalk beside a car full of screaming people, all screaming because of a runaway road case. But screaming wasn’t doing anything, so Ben – knowing just how to handle runaway cases – leaped forward and ordered the case to stopΒ heroically blocked the case from smashing into the helpless car.

Needless to say, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Ben pushed the road case onto the nearby grass to keep it from rolling and the soundman took it from there. Then, we continued on to the van. It was like nothing ever happened.

The lesson for groups is do not put rolling road cases on sloping sidewalks. The lesson for concert-goers is watch out for runaway road cases. And, the lesson for us is…expect the unexpected!

Submitted by Taylor for the Garms Family

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  1. Wow! What a story! We have never seen a runaway case before.

    And, SouthernGospelBlog turned pink today?

    • This is too dull a color for pink. The term that the Garms came up with was “burnt salmon,” and it seems to be about right. It might look slightly pinker on some screens than it does on mine.

    • OK. Burnt salmon is gone. How do you like dark gray and red?

      • I like it! I was debating making a change to my blog last night as well. I decided to hold off…for now.

      • SG fans don’t like change. No sense shocking the genre with two site redesigns in one week. πŸ™‚

      • Well I doubt many would even notice. I don’t get near the readership of other blogs.

      • Are you from Ohio? πŸ™‚

      • I’m assuming you are talking to me? (since you are Daniel’s siblings, after all, so you probably know where he’s from lol)

        I’m from MN.

      • No, we were talking to Daniel, hinting about the color scheme! πŸ™‚

      • Oh? Is there some connection I’m supposed to be making?

      • And Josh, I had been wondering the same thing, and came to the same conclusion you did – that they must surely have been talking about you!

  2. I’ve yet to have a runaway case (probably just jinxed myself) but I did forget to latch the trailer door once. We lost a couple mic stands in the process. The other members of the group haven’t let me forget it either. Lol

    • Oh! It seems those stories never lose their punch! Have we ever told you about arriving at our destination and discovering that Ben left the trailer keys at home, or when the back door of our bus was left open and people where waving at us trying to get our attention (more than once!), and ….

      Oh, well, these types of things sure make for some memories! As you said, memories that you won’t forget or better yet, that others won’t LET you forget! πŸ˜‰

  3. Okay, this doesn’t have anything to do with this post, but yet another tenor has left the road. Craig Thomas is going back to his construction job and will no longer be with the Dixie Echoes. Check his facebook page.

  4. This story reminds me of years ago. My wife came out of a grocery store with our two oldest kids in the cart. As she picked up the groceries and put them in the car, the cart took off at a pretty good clip. I was too far away to do anything, the cart was going at a pretty good clip towards a car. A nearby woman threw herself in front of the cart and stopped it. My kids could’ve been been seriously injured. I was so overcome with emotion I didn’t even thank the woman at the time. I saw her several days later though as she worked at a gas station where I bought my gas. I asked her how she was. She said a little sore. I thanked her at that point. Whew! That was a bad situation that turned out ok because of her kindness.

    • Yes, thank the Lord! Runaway carts with little people in them are certainly more important than runaway road cases with CD’s in them! So glad your story had a good ending. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yes as you have to be careful. As someone could had gotten hurt. But still, expect the unexpected as well as be careful with the situation that are you in! As glad you had Ben there!

    • We are grateful that Ben was there as well, and used his quick response to save the day! πŸ™‚ He hasn’t been called “Mr. Long Arms” for nothin’! πŸ™‚

  6. Gives all new meaning to the term “roadie” don’t it. πŸ™‚