We awoke this morning to find that our trip had finally succumbed to that all too familiar British phenomenon of bringing our wet weather with us abroad. Spirits were hardly dampened, as many of the bandsmen enjoyed some early morning local sightseeing with their billets to Lighthouse Beach and the koala hospital near the corps.
After an excellent alfresco gourmet breakfast (bacon & eggs) - individually made and delivered to our rooms and following Stephen Williams' first swim of the day in the motel pool, we hit the road again.
It is with great sadness that we can now confirm that Derick Kane is not able to join the band for the remainder of the tour due to health reasons.
Derick is greatly missed by everyone, not just for his outstanding musicianship but for everything that he brings to the band.
We wish him well in his recovery and look forward to seeing him on our return.
Day 3 of the tour commenced with another hearty breakfast. Despite many of the band stating their healthy eating intent I notice copious amounts of full English cooked breakfasts being consumed. I guess the excuse is that it sustains us all for another full day as we travel down to Ballina.
After a long awaited sleep, day 2 is starting to feel much more realistic. 7 hours sleep over 48 hours turned our first full day in to a blur, although the welcome we received from the people at Brisbane City Temple was enough to keep us going. Today we were heading towards one of the new cities of Queensland, Ipswich.
The first official day of the ISB Australian tour, commenced with the bands arrival at Brisbane International Airport. Following the reclaiming of luggage and ensuring all instruments had remained intact from the long haul (I believe the only casualty was a baritone), it was a real lift to be greeted by several members of the Brisbane City Temple Corps including Corps officer Major Dean Clarke and Bandmaster Barrie Gott.
On Saturday September 12th at 7pm the ISB will be sharing the Birmingham Conservatoire's Adrian Boult Hall with the International Staff Songsters. On this occasion it is to celebrate the life and music of Lieut-Colonel Dr. Ray Steadman-Allen OF
The ISB is currently in close season, but looking forward to a busy time after the summer break. Next season’s events will include a weekend at Brighton Congress Hall (September), and a visit to Sheffield Citadel (November).