At the beginning of the summer, 28 swing band members and six staff members from Pocklington School travelled for 24 hours down to Lake Garda where we played three concerts.
Our first concert was at the Castelnuovo del Garda Summer School. We played in front of the children and teachers and also had some great support from Pocklington School parents who travelled to Italy to watch us play in all three concerts.
Although we were playing in an Italian heatwave, we had a great first concert and it was fun to watch all the children dancing and having a good time whilst we were playing. Following this concert we had a brief cruise on Lake Garda, travelling from Lasize to Garda, and then our first taste of ‘gelato’ – what a wonderful experience that was.
Our second concert was at the Pastrengo Summer Festival where we played in front of the Town Hall and attracted a large crowd of the local people to watch us play; everyone in the band rose to the occasion and played with more confidence.
Our third and final concert was at a square in a village called San Zeno di Montagna with wonderful scenes of the mountains and Lake Garda behind us. When we began to play our audience wasn’t very big but by the time we finished we had attracted a large audience including a group of girls from the local convent school accompanied by three nuns who were soon to become big fans of ours. This was a great concert to finish with as everyone played extremely well, we had an enthusiastic audience and it was a super venue. For some it was the last concert on their last tour or for the upper sixth their last concert ever, however it was a successful performance to end the tour with and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Apart from performances we enjoyed other activities on the trip, including taking a boat across the lake and seeing all the wonderful sites of Lake Garda, spending the day in Venice and taking a water taxi to St Mark’s Square where we visited St Mark’s Cathedral. On the last day we visited the theme park, Gardaland which was a fun and an excellent way to finish off the tour.