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?
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
. 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.
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
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.
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
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
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!