Saxophone theft struck Winnipeg’s popular Flaming Trolleys marching band Wednesday night.
Dan Moroz, one of the band’s original members, put a call out to his Facebook friends asking them to keep their eyes peeled for his pilfered instrument.
“Hey friends, my Vito tenor sax was stolen out of the Mondragón (Bookstore & Coffeehouse) today, while I was hanging there. It has a black case, held together with a bungee cord, and there’s a (red) Flaming Trolley sticker on the case.”
By Thursday afternoon, more than two dozen of his friends had posted sympathetic comments, including musician Ida Cherry who wrote, “Terrible! a thief who steals a musician’s instrument is so lowly.”
Moroz said he put the sax case down by a pillar at about 8:30 p.m. and when he went to leave at 10 p.m. it was gone.
He filed a police report and hopes if the sax shows up at a pawnshop he will get it back, but he has another option for the thief.
“They can drop it back at the Mondragón, no questions asked. That’d be cool.”
The Flaming Trolleys, formed in 2007, has about 20 costumed members. They bring stilts, stunts, and a life-sized white elephant to a variety of summer festivals and events to play music they describe as “revolutionary standards to Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, Salt n’ Pepa, Beats Antique and, of course, Black Sabbath!”