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Italy Tour 2012

Friday 29th June, 2012 - Milan

The long awaited tour begins!

The weary travellers arrive after their their long flight. But what could be more exciting than free time to explore the fabulous Milan?


Milan Duomo

As people arrived at different times throughout the day, many were keen just to rest, but others used the time to explore this beautiful city and headed for the Piazza del Duomo to see the iconic Duomo (pictured right) as well as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Piazza della Scala. What musician worth their salt would pass up such an opportunity!

On our way to first gig!

Next day the excitement was building. We were introduced to our guest soloist, Mr Eros Sabbatani, professor of the tuba at Milan Conservatorium, who arranged the delivery of our instruments and drum kit, loaned to us by Miraphone and Daminelli. We put them through their paces by having a rehearsal at the hotel. Then it's off to Segrate for our first performance.



At the rehearsal we were also joined by two students from Milan Conservatorium, Francesco Vassene and Stefano Perini who kindly agreed to join us in our performances on the tour (Bass Trombone and E flat Bass). 

Apart from Francesco and Stefano, we were also joined once again by Chris Bacon on Soprano. Most of us already knew Chris quite well as he joined us on the Ireland Tour in 2009, and has played with us on several occasions when visiting Australia.

Segrate

Our first concert was a great success! The band played well despite playing out in the sun in very hot conditions. It was also fantastic to be accompanying Eros, an exceptional player, especially in his arrangement of 'Scherzo Veneziano'. Eros is professor of the tuba at the Milan conservatorium

Promo

The locals certainly did their bit in promoting our concerts. Here, Rae is pictured with a council representative, holding one of the posters advertising our visit. 

The council also generously provided us with refreshments after the performance, which was eagerly accepted by the thirsty players

Sunday 1st July
And so we said good bye to Milan, but promised to be back - in two weeks, in fact, at the end of the tour.

We boarded the coach and headed for Genoa, 144 kilometers away. After checking in at the Star President we had the rest of the day and the next to explore this lovely port city.

Genoa

There was much to see and do around the port area. One startling sight was life sized galleon built for a pirate movie. The Maritime Museum and Aquarium were also at the top of the list of things to see.

Some of us found ourselves in a square on the docks where a huge screen was erected for the European soccer final between Italy and Spain. As the game drew closer a huge crowd gathered and we stayed to watch it. The atmosphere was nearly as good as being at the game!



Unfortunately Italy did not win, but the crowd was still happy and good natured, despite the result.

While in Genoa we discovered the red sight seeing buses, which we found in most of the larger centres that we travelled to - a great way to see the main attractions!


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