Thank you to a wonderful staff team for providing all the band members with such a superb experience and the opportunity to create magical memories.
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They are on the ferry and traffic allowing, expect to arrive at 5pm. Any news will be posted here.
Despite Slovenia being one continuous road queue, we have made up all the lost time and more. We are at Calais & booked onto an earlier ferry (11.30am). We will publish a Perins ETA once we are through Dover.
That was so good!
Yes, it's been great to perform before huge crowds on this tour. However, to play in a beautiful lakeside village up in the mountains, where seemingly the whole village turned out was so special. A great reception from the locals and their band will leave very special memories - we MUST return!
Of course, tonight is also tinged with real sadness; the very last performance in HCYB for our leavers. You are all very special people. I have either taught and / or conducted you for many years now - I will miss you all so much! All the very best as you embark on the next phase of your journey - university / conservatoire / employment / gap year etc.
To those HCYB members returning in September - we rebuild & go forward again! Enjoy the rest of your summer and please be prepared to fill some very big shoes.
This has been such a special tour, thank you to you all.
Jock (& Dad to two of the band).
End of Tour Solo Cornets + Sop
End of Tour Reps, 2nds + 3rds
End of Tour Horns
End of Tour Euphs + Bars
End of Tour Bones
End of Tour Percussion
End of Tour Flugels
End of Tour Tubas
Say cheese! What, again?
The ten piece - for the last time!
On stage tonight......
Fuzine - lakeside walk - beware of wild brown bears! Stay in groups of 4 minimum to scare them off - they only attack solitary people, particularly tuba players.
Last 10tet pre concert performance
For those of you looking at the blog and checking out the TV coverage.....
If you take a look at the historic "Stairway to Heaven" footage, you will see both Matt Watling and Rachael Crossen in the ranks of the then HCYB - they are both of course now with us in Croatia as staff!
The food we brought with us got a bit warm so the Band Association treated us to some pizzas - THANK YOU!
We have just had the Mr Jock award ceremony
This year's award winners
Jon (Gr): services to Polish/ UK relations
Serena: elegance and poise
Ed D and Gary: most coordinated dressers
Dom and Sam (Sm): the lobster
Sally: strongest person
Dan C: most under used muscles
Alex E: Vidal Sassoon apprentice
Adam: fastest swimmer
Kathryn: most eaten by local large insects
Niamh, Grace and Kumuthu: the early risers
Rachel and Olivia: sleepiest room
Jo, Dan H and George: smelliest room
Stephen, Callum and Jon M: utterly positive and complimentary
Izzy and Niamh: the band boppers award